- Gecko HD from Oregon Scientific
- We recommend this product for ages 8 and up
What It Is
The Gecko HD is a pocket-sized video camera that kids can wear on their wrists or clip almost anywhere to record action-packed videos with sound and photos. It comes with a USB cable, a wrist mount that rotates 180 degrees, a clip that rotates 360 degrees, and three changeable snap-on covers. You'll need a microSD card (at least 8GB but up to 32GB), which is sold separately. The camera has waterproof casing, which makes it safe for kids to take photos and video at the pool, beach, or lake.
Before first use, charge the camera for three hours by plugging it into a computer via the USB cord. (After that, it only takes about one hour for a full charge.) Once fully charged, unplug the camera and start taking pictures. There are three modes: video recording, photo, and time lapse. To switch between the modes, press the power button. Press the shutter button on the side to start and stop shooting. To view your videos and photos, upload them to a computer by connecting the camera to the computer.
You can also customize your camera settings by downloading the free Gecko HD software from Oregon Scientific's website. This software does not let you view or edit your photos and videos.
Is It Fun?
This little camera is easy to use and durable. It can go anywhere kids go, and they will love taking it along to document all of their adventures, from dance parties to hiking to skateboarding and more.
Who It’s For
The Gecko HD is for ages 8 and up.
What To Be Aware Of
We initially had trouble changing the cover, but that's because we didn't know the orange front of the camera was itself a cover that needed to first be removed. The instructions don't tell you that. So remove that first, and then put on one of the other covers, and you're good to go.
The camera's waterproof feature means that the camera is water-resistant up to one meter, so while you can use the camera for simple water sport activity, it must not be used for snorkeling and deep water diving.
Additional accessories, sold separately, include a cap mount, waterproof housing (up to 60 meters), and changeable covers in different colors.