The indestructible, waterproof and too-good-to-be-true nabi Square HD camera

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We haven’t been shy about professing our love for nabi products, especially the nabi 2 and nabi Jr. kids’ tablets. So naturally, when we heard about the nabi Square HD camera, a new waterproof, rugged, digital HD camera and video recorder (think GoPro for kids), we suspected we had another winner on our hands.

At first glance, there is nothing overtly “kid” about this kids’ camera; no garish primary colors or big buttons. It looks and feels like a solid little camera that shutterbugs of all ages can use, but its compact dimensions and intuitive buttons are what makes it perfect for little hands and photojournalistic aspirations.

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ON THE OUTSIDE

There is one primary color that encases the camera – I call it nabi red – the protective barrier that covers all nabi products. It is this outer coating that makes the camera able to withstand those drops and shocks that are inevitable with any kid usage. The device itself measures mere inches wide and the LCD screen, while small at 1.5″, is enough for kids to see exactly what it is that they are shooting.

What also makes the nabi Square camera very GoPro-esque is the awesome waterproof case that comes with it, enabling the camera to become waterproof up to 60m. So basically, your next vacation will be spent with the kids consumed with getting that perfect underwater somersault shot. The waterproof case also comes with several mounts which really adventurous kids can use to strap onto their bikes, scooters, skateboards, helmets and any other moving object.

 

ON THE INSIDE

The camera takes HD video and 8 MP pictures with its wide angle lens and the controls on the back are pretty basic, which makes it simple for even younger kids to use right out of the box. There’s even a self-timer function which means kids can take the time to set up the perfect shot (you might have a newfound family photographer), or even use the included wireless remote to do it for them–like say, when said camera is mounted on their helmets.

For true loyalists who already have a nabi 2 or nabi Jr. at home, the Square conveniently syncs pictures directly to the tablet using the supplied cord or microSD card. And those without the nabi tablets can still broadcast photo/video content onto the TV using an HDMI cable or onto your computer.

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With the case, the mounts, the remote, the cords and of course, the shining star, the camera itself, I so appreciate this truly being an all-in-one, out-of-the-box gift. There are no additional accessories to purchase and no extras needed for kids to cultivate their inner Ansel Adams/Steven Spielberg.

That aside, what really impresses me is the durability and high quality this entire camera kit offers for the price. Though coming from the makers of one of our favorite kids’ tablets, I can’t say I’m surprised.

The nabi Square HD Camera for kids with waterproof case is available for $169.99 at several retailers.  Thanks to nabi for providing one for review.

Jeana Lee Tahnk is a prolific tech writer, crafty mom, and fan of any products that make it easier to raise three children.

7 Comments

  • Reply December 15, 2013

    Sal

    Some say it Comes with a Micro Sd Card, if so what size?

    • Reply December 16, 2013

      Jeana

      Hi Sal, it comes with a 4GB MicroSD card, but it accepts cards up to 32GB.

  • Reply January 26, 2014

    Shawn Kern

    I got this camera for Christmas 2013. At first, when I got it, I was nervous about using it because it was my first camera and I valued it highly. I went to my friend’s house for a sleepover on the weekend, and I brought it with me in its case. We went swimming, and I filmed it underwater. It worked wonders. (Side note, don’t run it through bubbles, makes a lot of noise) I love this camera so much. It takes great video, great audio, can easily transfer files, and much more. This camera puts its money where its mouth is. (I honestly don’t know where it’s mouth is, though) This camera does not lie. It is truly waterproof, shock proof, and yes, kid proof. (Be warned: When camera is out of case, it is NOT waterproof, or shockproof) I adore this camera. If you get it, you will too.

    • Liz
      Reply January 27, 2014

      Liz

      Thanks so much for your feedback Shawn, and really glad to hear you’re enjoying it.

      Also glad it doesn’t have a mouth because, you know. Scary.

  • Reply June 25, 2014

    Eric Olsen

    Another great camera from AEE,who also makes cam for Rollei,Magicam.I have 5 AEE cams
    for use on my fishing charters,the video is very good,sound outside of case is good,the remote
    is the best of all,(gopro not even close)with video on/off and snapshot,batter life very good.My friends have gopro but they like my cam better(thought gopro was only out there)NA BI is made by AEE after one year and couple hundred video GB’s of use,no problems.Thank You for your revue
    on this cam.Videos on YouTube eric olsen skipper

  • Reply July 18, 2014

    SPAZ

    Just picked up one of these for $50 on WOOT yesterday. I am excited to start using it while doing water sports. Even if it does not pan out, the kids can enjoy it. Thanks for the review!

  • Reply July 25, 2014

    Shiela

    How to use it under water?

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