There are many products to choose from when looking for the best childrens digital camera. Here I’ve narrowed down the field to the top two cameras for children aged three and up based on customer reviews and feedback.
Age is very important when thinking about kids digital cameras. Here I’m specifically focusing on young children (preschool and up) between three and 5 years old. This isn’t to say older kids won’t be happy with these selections but these are the ones to look for as your child’s first introduction to digital photography.
For these recommendations durability and ease of use are the primary consideration for the younger age range. Older kids may start transitioning to needing less indestructible cameras with better picture quality and features. I’ll be following up with recommendations for those age groups in future posts.
The top two contenders for best childrens digital camera are the Fisher-Price Kid Tough Digital Camera and the Vtech Kidizoom Plus. Both of these kids digital cameras have received great reviews on durability, ease of use, and overall features.
Fisher-Price Kid Tough Digital Camera
- Body: Durable rubber outer shell design, waterproof
- Resolution: 1.3 Megapixel
- Screen: 1.5” color LCD screen
- Memory: 64 MB internal (500 pictures)
- Comes in colors: Blue, Pink
The Fisher-Price Kid Tough Digital Camera has been a very popular model and was recently redesigned to add a waterproof housing to the list of features. As the name implies, this camera has a good reputation for being kid tough and will easily survive numerous drops and rough handling at the hands of toddlers. It’s also received high marks with regards to image quality as compared to cameras in this league (kids toy cameras).
One of the drawbacks is the camera does not have an SD expansion slot so you can add to the 64 MB of internal memory it comes with. You’ll have to either delete or transfer pictures to the computer after you’ve filled up the internal memory. Although 500 pictures is pretty generous you’ll find kids can go through shooting hundreds of pictures very quickly.
Overall this is a solid childrens digital camera that has withstood the test of time by many happy customers and introduced many children to digital photography.
VTech Kidizoom Plus Camera
- Body: Durable rubber outer shell design
- Resolution: 2.0 Megapixel
- Screen: 1.8” color LCD screen
- Memory: 256 MB internal (500+ pictures), SD slot for additional memory (up to 2GB)
- Comes in colors: Blue, Pink
- Extras: Comes with TV connection cables, 5 games, shoots video
The VTech Kidizoom Plus Camera is an update to the standard VTech Kidizoom which is comparable to the Fisher-Price model. The updated Plus model has had a boost in memory, up from 16 to 256, shoots video, and also has an SD slot for upgradable memory. The upgraded memory as well as SD slot provides quite a boost in capability with regards to letting your kids go at it shooting as much as they want.
The Kidizoom Plus also comes with some neat extras such as cables to connect directly to the television for viewing and has 5 built in games. The games feature may or may not appeal to parents who want their child to focus on taking pictures but the added versatility may come in handy for others.
Overall the Kidizoom Plus camera is a great upgrade from the previous model and has received glowing reviews from happy customers.
Both cameras would make an excellent first childrens digital camera. Each camera meets our criteria for durability and ease of use with the Fisher Price beating out the VTech slightly with its waterproof feature and time tested easy to use controls. In terms of overall features the VTech packs more value for the price with more memory, tv connection feature, games, and video capability. Both cameras are similarly priced so you really can’t go wrong with either one.
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