Reviews Eyeclops BioniCam
BioniCam; JAKKS Pacific, Recommended age 8+, MSRP $79.99USD
The EyeClops BioniCam has come to town and it is the ultimate
Bionic Eye. Just insert five AA batteries (not included) into
the belt clip battery pack, insert the included USB memory stick
into the top of the BioniCam, and turn it on. It is completely
portable and recordable.
We raved about the EyeClops
but the BioniCam has three all new features; it is portable, images
can be saved, and you can increase the zoom. Jakks Pacific's EyeClops
BioniCam is the next generation of Bionic Eye, with a full color
LCD screen and battery pack, kids can take EyeClops to explore
the world around them. This one can be used indoors and outdoors,
you are not limited by cord length.
Use the LCD screen as a viewfinder for specimens, zoom in with
one of three powerful new magnifications (100x, 200x and an eye
popping 400x) and take digital pictures and video of your amazing
Save and share your findings with the built-in flash drive and
removable USB key - view on any standard television and upload
your files to your PC to email and send to friends. The open ended
learning possibilities are innumerable. This is great for a kid
who is into science, investigating the environment, bugs; any
curious kid is going to love this. It opens the door for further
investigation and discovery.
Lighting can be tricky but once you get it focused it is quite
clear. Getting a crisp image when zooming takes a little patience
at first, especially at the highest magnification but with a little
practice and the help of the focusing gauge, you can get it down
pat in no time.
On the lowest setting, the LEDs
can occasionally be too bright for viewing lighter-colored objects.
On the higher magnification settings, however, this did not seem
to be a problem. The LCD
screen can be tough to read in direct sunlight.
There is no software to upload and minimal set-up, which makes
sharing discoveries easy. Plug the USB memory stick directly into
your computer for quick access to images, then save and edit them
or post them on a blog, or e-mail to a friend. You can use the
included video cable to display your images on TV. This makes
reviewing your images a fun family activity. Bugs and bug remains
seem to be a favorite with the crew. If you haven't had the joy
of viewing a 200x magnification of a cicada
shell on a flat screen TV well then you just don't know what you
Overall, this is a fun, educational toy that will be a hit with
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the Author: Mary Rose is a Mommy, a writer and an early childhood
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