VTech Kidizoom Duo 5.0 review

Well made, entertaining, and super-easy to use: the Kidizoom Duo is an ideal first camera for younger children

Vtech Kidizoom Duo
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Digital Camera World Verdict

If you're after a first camera for a 3+ year-old child, the VTech Kidizoom Duo is an excellent choice. It's well priced, built to last, and is packed with kid-friendly features like a selfie camera, lots of digital effects, video mode and even some basic computer games. It's designed so even a pre-school child can use it was only minimal tuition, though the obviously toy-like styling, along with underwhelming image quality, make the Kidizoom best suited to kids aged under about 7 years old.


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    Solid build

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    Loads of fun features

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    Easy to use

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    microSD expandable storage


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    Image quality not great

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    Slow shutter speed in low light

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    Sluggish start-up time

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    Digital zoom only

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The VTech Kidizoom Duo 5.0 is a camera designed by a toy brand rather than a conventional camera manufacturer, and as such it's built to both entertain young children and survive the inevitable abuse they'll inflict on it! Features such as dual viewfinders (hence the Duo name) make it more intuitive to use for kids than a conventional camera, and the two rubberised sculpted hand grips ensure even a pre-schooler can operate the Kidizoom with some degree of precision. Add fun effects like digital 'stickers', funky borders and even a selection of basic computer games (which can be controlled by a motion sensor in the camera) and you've got a camera that can keep even the most hyper-active little one entertained for a surprisingly long time.

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Ben Andrews

Ben is the Imaging Labs manager, responsible for all the testing on Digital Camera World and across the entire photography portfolio at Future. Whether he's in the lab testing the sharpness of new lenses, the resolution of the latest image sensors, the zoom range of monster bridge cameras or even the latest camera phones, Ben is our go-to guy for technical insight. He's also the team's man-at-arms when it comes to camera bags, filters, memory cards, and all manner of camera accessories – his lab is a bit like the Batcave of photography! With years of experience trialling and testing kit, he's a human encyclopedia of benchmarks when it comes to recommending the best buys.