Everywhere I look I see bright, plastic digital cameras that were created withstand being thrown around by your child.
With the explosion of digital cameras for adults, I guess it was just a matter of time before the market filled up for kids.
Here are a few that I found with pros and cons listed. Some are a great buy and others should be left at the store.
Polaroid 3.0MP Kids Digital Camera with GamesPros: Reasonably priced, features a 3.0 mega pixel image quality for Minor Cropping and Printing up to 8×10″. It has a generous 2.4″ LCD Screen, 2x Digital Zoom for Minor Cropping, 16MB Memory Storage Capacity with the ability to upgrade with a Secure Digital Memory Card slot. The flash can be turned off and the batteries are included.
My Take: This is a great camera for your 4 or 5 year old photographer.
Fisher-Price Kid-Tough Digital Camera Pros: This camera features a 1.6″ screen for viewing pictures. The photo resolution is a 1.3 mega pixel, which is decent for a child’s camera. It has a built in flash and is priced reasonably at $48.99
Cons: A small internal memory of 8MB (enough to store about 50 pictures).
My Take: A nice ‘in the middle’ camera. It is sturdy, has good grips for little hands and comes in different colors for boys and girls.
**Not So Much**
VTech Kidizoom Camera with Case
Pros: Fun photo editing options that allow kids to distort pictures or add silly frames and 3 preschool games. It has 16MB internal memory (stores 200+ photos or up to 5 min. of video).
Cons: This camera is a meager .3 mega pixels (the average family digital camera is 3 mega pixel). Even the best kid photographer will have a problem getting a decent image with this unit.My Take: If you have a 3 year old that just wants to run around the house and take pictures of his/her toys, then this the camera for you. The picture quality will disappoint a 4 or 5 year who is hoping to frame their work.
$49.99 at Target with case.
Nickelodeon’s Dora, Diego and Sponge Bob Cameras Pros: Fun look, easy to use and built in flash Cons:.3 mega pixel image quality, which is sub par when talking about digital technology and the price $59.99
My take: Try to look past the fact that your child will love to have a camera with their favorite TV show character plastered on it and go for one that will make them happy after they have taken a picture.
Note: Most cameras that are created for kids will not have great quality photos. They were developed to give parents a budget alternative to the $150-200 camera.
Always check the ‘mega pixels’ on the camera you are looking to buy. Anything under 1.3 should be left in the store unless it is for a small child that doesn’t care about the final product.