When I was a kid, the only Nerf products we had were a football and basketball. As I got older, I got to know the Nerf golf and ping pong sets, and they were truly awesome. Nowadays, though, there’s an arsenal of Nerf products guarding the aisles of your local toy store.
But besides all the Nerf weapons (the bow and arrow sets are too darn cool), the company also makes a bunch of other gear like protective cases for your Nintendo DS and, most recently, the Nerf Nightvision Camcorder.
I know what you’re thinking. A camcorder made by Nerf? What, is it a crummy camera with an orange sponge protecting it? Not at all.
Petty rugged, with a comfortable rubber-lined eyepiece, the Nightvision Camcorder includes a real camcorder from Vivitar. I takes photos and videos, but the coolest part is that it contains LED/IR lights. Meaning, you can take photos and videos in the dark!
My kids couldn’t wait to test it out and of course the first thing they did was go in the bathroom, turn off the lights and take a video of the toilet. Yeah.
But even with a boring subject like a toilet, it was still really cool to see the infrared lights in action. They actually appear as tiny red dots on the camera’s lenses, as opposed to a normal flash. And you really can see in the dark!
You do need to add your own set of batteries and an SD memory card, but the camera also includes a USB cable to connect to your computer, along with a pretty neat Photo/Video Editing Software on CD-ROM.
Here’s a top view of the camcorder. Just five buttons pretty much give you all you need.
The sides have slots that open up for an SD card or a USB cable. You need to supply your own memory card, but the Camcorder comes with its own USB cable that easily connects to your computer.
It’s just really neat looking through the lenses. You feel like James Bond or maybe even Agent P when using these puppies.
My kids really enjoyed playing with it, especially Ryan, my 7 year old. He would sneak around the house with it on, quietly sneaking up on people as he took video. Then he’d cackle and run away. At the very least, the Nerf Nightvision Camcorder means my kids won’t keep borrowing my iPhone to take videos! But it also lets them shoot some really neat night-time movies outside or in their rooms with the lights off.
Here are some product specs from Nerf:
- Includes a night-vision camcorder, USB cable and a Vivitar Experience Image Manager CD
- Perfect for zeroing in on your pretend targets
- Camcorder allows you to see up to 50 feet in the dark and record video with 4x magnification
- Includes an expansion SD memory card slot (memory card not included) and USB port
- Videos and photos can be played back on the LCD screen
- Contains LED/IR lights
- Features mode, delete/IR flash, resolution, shutter/record, and Vivi-Link buttons
- Carry strap and removable lens covers are attached
- Eye piece is lined with rubber for comfort
- System Requirements: Windows XP SP3, Windows Vista SP1, Windows 7, Intel processor-based Mac with OS X 10.5x or higher
- Dimensions: 6.5 x 8.5 x 4 inches
- Package Weight: 1 lb
- 1-year manufacturer’s warranty
Here’s a video Ryan just took under the bed where it’s nice and dark.
The controls were fairly simple, with only a few buttons to choose from. On one side of the camcorder is a yellow shutter button to snap photos or stop/start videos, while the other side has a small yellow joystick to zoom in and out. You also use these two yellow buttons to toggle through various menu items inside the view screen.
The fact that Nerf made these look like cool army/spy-type goggles is what I found really cool. I would’ve totally loved a pair of these when I was a kid and would play army with my friends in the backyard or in couch-cushion forts in my basement.
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