As digital technology becomes cheaper, it’s amazing the things that toy makers come up with. If you’ve ever had your child want to use your digital camera and have had some trepidation about handing over a hundred dollar (or more) camera to a youngster, you’d be glad to know that there are some great digital cameras for kids that are durable, functional and have a lot of features that will keep them entertained and engaged. You might just be pleasantly surprised to see that they’ll want to take it with them everywhere. Below is our pick for the best digital camera for kids.
Best Kids Digital Camera
Our choice for the best kids digital camera is the Vtech Kidizoom Plus Digital Camera. This camera has every design aspect with kids in mind. To start off with it uses an oversized handle area on each side of the camera for easy gripping no matter what age. The camera itself is durable, able to withstand the inevitable dropping. It has a 1.8 inch color LCD screen that makes it easy for kids to line up their shots before they take them (it also has a viewer, but as with most digital cameras it’s pretty useless). The camera takes picture that are about 0.3MB in size meaning that the quality isn’t going to be terrific (it is a kids camera after all) but it won’t clog up a lot of space on the 16MB internal hard drive. It also has an SD card slot so you can expand the memory and it makes it easier to transfer pictures to a computer or gaming system like the Wii). It also comes with a cable to connect it to a TV or PC for picture and video playback.
As for the usability. The Kidizoom Plus has a ton of features that can be both endless entertainment or a source of frustration for smaller children. The camera takes both pictures and videos which is great, but it takes a couple seconds for the auto focus to take effect which can be difficult for a young child. The camera is also loaded with an onboard graphics editor that lets you add frames around the pictures, or add funny clipart to the photos. It also has a games section for when the child is board with the pictures the can play one of the three simple games to keep them busy. The only drawback is that you can’t take any close up (macro) pictures, so you’ll have to remind them to back up to get a good shot.
recommended age: 3 & Up.