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At the time I bought this it was impossible to buy a digital camera for less than the £60 it cost to buy. All that has changed now, and for as much as I love this product - you could spend £25 on a cheaper camera and it would suffice just as well.
The camera is very easy to use, big buttons, a delete button, the LCD screen on the rear is not that clear for viewing and photos are better once loaded onto a PC with the software provided. There are scrolling arrows to review the pictures taken aswell.
The view finder is like a pair of binolculars in sense there are two viewfinders. There is a carry handle. The camera does have a flash which can be charged for use if required.
The casing is sturdy and rubberised, designed I imagine to withstand being dropped. The camera comes in blue and pink versions.
You can also buy a separate protective case for it - i do not think this is necessary.
I bought the Fisher Price Kid Tough digital camera for my little girls third birthday. She has always had a fascination with cameras and used to try and take photos with mine so I knew this would be a hit.
This make appealed to me as it claimed to be built to survive drop after drop after drop and as my little girl has been inflicted with my clumsy gene I knew it would be dropped and therefore, needed to be very durable. My daughter doesn't have the latest model but the newer version is also waterproof.
The camera comes in pink or blue. It has a sturdy soft plastic moulded cover which has large grips so it is easy for your little one to hold. They can either use it using the view finder or they can use the small LCD screen.
The view finder section is green and moulded so it sits comfortably on your little ones nose.
The screen is about 2" square and is coloured. Its very small and this causes the photos to look very grainy and this can sometimes mean you can't actually work out what they have taken a photo of.
The camera is very simple to use. They aim and press a button and the photo is shown on the LCD screen. There is then buttons by the LCD screen to scroll backwards and forwards through the photos they have taken. There is also a delete button.
The buttons are all chunky so ideal for little fingers. There are two green arrow shaped buttons for the scrolling, a blue on and off button and a red delete button which is marked with a cross.
The camera comes with an automatic flash which is handy as often my daughter takes photos in some obscure places such as behind the sofa!
The uploading of photos is simple. You simply plug the camera into your computer with the supplied USB lead and the camera automatically loads. The photos are considerably better once downloaded than how they appear on the LCD screen. I was pleasantly surprised as I had begun to wonder if the camera was a waste of money.
The camera is compatiable with Windows 2000, Windows XP, Windows Vista, Apple Mac OSX and Apple Mac OS9.
My daughter loves this camera and it regularly comes out with it. I have since bought her a little back pack which it can be put in for her to carry around.
The camera is definately durable. It has been dropped numerous times and to date it doesn't have a scratch on it and still works perfectly.
The downsides to this camera are irrelevant to a child but worth a mention. The camera is chunky and durable which is fantastic for your child but can be a pain for storage when you are out and about. My little girl often takes the camera out with her but it inevitably ends up in mummys hand bag.
The other downside is it soon gets filled up and once it does it stops working. The newer version holds more photos but the model I have only holds about 30 and when you have a snappy happy toddler it soon fills up.
Another downside is that the camera isn't cheap. It is on Amazon at the moment for £70, I paid £50 for mine as it was on offer in Argos at the time.
if anyone watches milkshake on 5 in the morning - erm i mean if any ones little ones lol ..... this fisher price camera was in EVERY single advert break from October to christmas last year ! Thats at least once every 10-15 minutes!!
Anyhow my daughter really took to these adverts and began to point it out in the argos catalogue to me as the camera that falls from a top bedroom window but doesnt break.
I uumed and aahhhed for a few weeks as this time last year it was £ 60 and my daughter was only two and a half.
When my daughter took an unhealthy interest in my digital camera i thought the time had come to BUY BUY BUY !!
AND I WAS NOT DISAPPOINTED.
This camera has remained a firm favourite with my daughter even now almost a year on and was definately worth the money . It is great for chunky fingers, easy to hold still and has great large buttons . It is so easy to use (my 2 and half year old could) two large handles , two eye viewers so the little ones dont have to shut one eye - easy for me to download and the pictures look so much better once downloaded!
This year ive seen this camera for sale in numerous shops for £29.99!! You cant miss it at this price - Available in pink and blue too!
My little boy was almost 3 at Christmas and has had a fascination for taking pictures since he was given a disposable camera about a year ago, so hubby decided although the age range for the Fisher Price digital camera was 5 that our little boy just had to have one.
We ordered ours from Ebay and were sent one from the states which included a carry case which apparently was not available with the UK cameras. You do need to buy a memory card if you want to be able to download the photos and print them out. (My husband has not yet found a way of taking those stored directly on the camera off, on to the laptop, but that could be user error)
My little boy absolutely loves it and you can often hear him taking pictures. You can clearly hear him as it makes noises every time you press the shutter button, and it makes a different noise when you look at the pictures you have taken and a different noise for when you delete a photo.
It has 2 eye holes which for kids is great as it means they don't have problems trying to look through 1 small eye hole, however as an adult using this it is awkward as your fingers always seem to be in the way when they actually aren't in the finishing shoot!
Downloading the images is quite straight forward and it's surprising how good some of the photos taken actually are. Also it really is kiddie proof, obviously because my little boy is only 3 he does occasionally decided to stand on the camera or throw it across the room and so far it still looks brand new.
The only problem we have is that sometimes after you have taken a photo, or when you are trying to look at photos already taken the screen goes blue and green with a number 53 in the corner and you have to wait about 20 seconds for the camera to do anything, then normally if you take another photo all is ok. There is no mention of this in the trouble shooting bits that came with the camera, and to be honest if I had bought this from a shop in the UK I would have taken it back and exchanged it for another by now, but my little boy doesn't mind this happening every now and again so we just deal with it when it happens.
Overall I would say that this is a great toy and worth the money if you are buying it for someone under the age of 10, but by 10 I would imagine that most children would be able to use a normal digital camera more easily. For mothers day I was given a photo album full of photos my son had taken and they were really good quality and much better than I thought we would get from what is essentially a kids toy!
I'd seen the adverts on TV for these cameras quite a while before Christmas, they first became available in 2006, but I hadn't really noticed until the run up to Christmas that they were around. When I first saw it, I must admit I couldn't believe they had made a digital camera for kids! Wow, whatever next. They'll be making real working mobile phones for three year olds next!
Turns out this isn't the first time Fisher Price have launched a camera for children in 1984 which sold close to 5 million, a very popular idea apparently.
So, I thought I'd buy for my little girl, she loves anything that makes her feel like a grown up, she also loves to figure out how to work things which makes this toy ideal for her. I live in the middle of nowhere so it was internet Christmas shopping for me this year - I love E-Bay so thought I'd have a look on there for it. Anyway, I found a very durable looking Fisher Price Kid Tough Digital Camera in pink (brand new in packaging) being sold for £50, £10 postage on top. Not bad as £60 is what they sell for in the shops anyway.
A week later and it arrived....I kept it hidden from my daughter at this point as it wasn't yet Christmas. When she was safely tucked up in bed I decided to have a look. -
THE TECHNICAL BIT
These are it's features -
1.3" Backlit colour LCD screen
8MB of memory built in
Facility to add an SD card for extra memory if required
USB Lead to connect to a computer to upload and print photos
Two eye viewing holes
Two handle grips
Navigation via symbols (easy to understand for kids)
WHAT I THOUGHT
Well, I was impressed with the features especially the navigation, this meant my 3 year old can work this easily with little help! It is indeed very child friendly with adult like features added. I'm also impressed that like an adult digital camera, the pictures can be uploaded to a PC and printed as well as having the ability to store pictures on a SD card. I found this particularly handy as I have noticed from when my daughter finally had it at Christmas and started playing with it that she could easily delete pictures. Having an SD card means I can keep her pictures safe. It's very tough as it claims to be - been thrown around and dropped an awful lot.... so far seems to be Abbie proof! Finally....yay!
The negatives for me? Yeah there is a couple. The picture quality isn't very good really, but then this is a camera designed for children aged from 3 and not a professional photographer (so that can be forgiven!), the pictures come out very dark and there's no way I can find of adjusting this. You need to make sure you get very powerful batteries for this (it takes 4 AA batteries - 2 each side of the camera) as I have found they run down VERY quickly. And that's about it really!
WHAT MY DAUGHTER THOUGHT
Now, this is the opinion that counts the most really as she is the one who plays with it! She absolutely loves it, right from day one she loves walking around with it taking pictures of everyone. She understood how to work it almost straight off with a little help from us. A big hit from her point of view! She was most upset when the batteries ran out (luckily we had spares).
Great, keeps my daughter happy and quiet. Great features, particularly for a childs camera and very durable. Does what it says on the tin and is indeed VERY kid tough! Picture quality poor but forgivable. All in all a great toy for children, maybe a little too highly priced though! I'd get it in the sales if I were you.
Thanks for reading!
Quite often whilst on holiday our children would want to photograph the places we visited. Being aged 2,6 and 9 we would hand them the camera and remind them to be careful. This someitmes spoilt things for them as they were as worried as we were about them dropping it and causing damage. The solution to this was to buy them their own camera, it would need to be resilient to knocks, easy to use and reasonably priced. The answer was the Fisher Price kids camera,this has been designed with the youngster in mind. The case is tough abs plastic to stand up to being dropped, theres only 2 buttons, one for the flash the other to take the picture. It is also safe to let the younger children loose with as they haev though about what mischief they could get up to. The pictures have to be wound on before snapping, so a toddler couldn't go through a complete film. Also the release catch to open the body and rewind the film has to have the special key inserted first. This is quite difficult for an adult to do so there won't be any accidents with the film being exposed to light.This takes standard 35mm film. A very well designed toy that will give children their introduction to photography.
Recommended for children aged 5 years and up. A real camera which takes 35mm photos. Features two handles to hold camera steady, built-in flash, automatic shut-off and special keys to let parents load and rewind film.