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This is a review of the Fisher Price Kid-Tough Digital Camera which we bought our daughter for her birthday recently. The camera is suitable for ages 3-7, which I think is about right. Our daughter is already using her dad's iPad competently so I thought a digital camera would be something she would enjoy figuring out too.
What is it?
The camera is large and chunky and has a viewfinder as an eyepiece so you look with both eyes to take a picture. It is very rubbery on the outside so basically bounces when you drop it which is why it is OK for kids to use.
The first step is to buy / find 4 x AAA batteries to get your camera going. Once these are in you can switch on and get going. We played with ours for a week before I noticed the batteries getting tired but the camera does switch itself off when not in use so the batteries get saved. The other outlay is a USB cable if you wish to download the photos from the camera. You can't use a memory card with it but there is a 128MB built in memory which will hold 1000 + pictures on the cameral.
Buttons and screen
There are not a lot of buttons on the camera so it is simple to use. There is an on / off button, a 4 x zoom button, a button on the front which takes pictures and two arrow buttons that allow you to review the pictures on the camera. Finally a dustbin picture to delete any unwanted pictures. The screen displays the picture taken but is a little small and fuzzy.
At full price, this camera was £50 but I picked it up from Argos whilst on offer at £20. I thought it was a bargain and put it away for our daughter's birthday. In hindsight, I do think it is worth no more than £20 (probably less!).
In this day and age, I expected the quality of pictures to be better on this camera than they were. They were grainy and washed out and not ones I would bother printing. There is also no flash which is excused on the box as 'enhanced low light performance, no flash needed!' ahem. For the full price of the camera I wanted better quality outcomes!
Our daughter has played a few times of the camera and taken a few pictures of the cat disappearing out of frame; her new baby sister and a few interesting up-the-nose pictures of her own face. I suppose it's all a bit of fun and also saves her from playing with our cameras / phones/ iPads <insert any electrical device here>. To be honest, this is not a toy my daughter shows much interest in any more, once the initial novelty had worn off she played with a sheet of bubble wrap for longer!
In the olden days I suppose our parents wasted more money developing films from those awful oblong cameras we used to have to discover we had no photographic skills at all. At least with digital you can see the fails straight away.
I think this camera has really old fashioned technology behind it. It reminds me of the key ring photo frames (digital) I have been bought for Christmas and been disappointed with the quality. Had I been able to play with this before I bought it I probably wouldn't have bought one even at less than half price.
My son loves taking pictures of anything and everything, usually on mine or my partners phones (clogging up all our photo space). So we were thrilled when his uncle bought him this Fisher price Kid Tough Camera for his 4th birthday last month.
My sons camera (same design as this one) actually takes up to 1000 pictures! (128MB built-in-memory). He figured out how to use the camera very quickly and didn't need and assistance from mummy and daddy.
This camera has a reputation for being indestructable, which is great, especially having two boys! It has been dropped several times and has survived so far.
Targeted at children aged 3-7. The camera is bright blue with a funky bright pattern on the front (they have pink ones for girls). It is rather chunky and made of a rubbery material which is very easy for children to grip. It has two-eye viewing so it is easy for children to see through, and also has a viewing screen where children can view photos they have taken. The camera also turns itself 'off' when not in use, saving battery power.
There are 6 child friendly buttons in total:
zoom in and out (4 x zoom)
scolling left/ right to view pictures taken
Finally a button to delete any unwanted pictures.
The picture is not of the best quality (a little grainy) but is good enough quality to keep little children happy (and better quality than most other kids cameras). It also has low-light performance, so there is no flash needed.
Using a USB cable, you can move the pictures from the camera onto the computer where you can then edit/print or email the photos. I think this is a fabulous concept for a kids camera! However a USB cable is NOT included with the toy, so you will need to fork out extra for that along with the 4 AAA batteries that are also required.
Costing around £50 from most stores the camera itself is rather expensive, but i think it is well worth it. My son uses it frequently and loves taking his camera with him wherever we go.
Fisher Price Kid Tough Pink Digital Camera
I am an avid photographer, (though not a great one!!) and love taking photos of everything from my beautiful daughter to flowers and the scenery. I take my camera everywhere with me and my daughter has grown up with a great understanding of mummy's camera. In the past year, she has often asked to use my camera herself, and I have often let her take a photo with it though I am always very conscious of whether she will drop it or break it somehow. Due to this, my daughter does not really get to use it properly, and I am keen for her to love photos as I do and as my own mum does.
Of course, being only three years old, there was no way I was going to go out and buy her a real camera to use as she has the obvious temperament of a pre-schooler! We started looking into children's cameras, though before we made a move to purchase one, my mother-in-law phoned and told us that she had had the same thought as us and had bought our daughter this Fisher Price Kid Tough Digital Camera for her birthday. It is not often that my mother-in-law is on the same wave length as me, I am just glad that I was sitting down!!
KID TOUGH CAMERA
The Fisher Price Kid Tough Digital Camera comes in a few different designs in both pink and blue colours so this is a suitable choice for both boys and girls. The particular design my daughter has is in bold pink and white colours with touches of yellow, oranges and green in the print design. Other designs will vary for this same camera.
On first glance of this camera when my daughter pulled off the wrapping paper was of amazement. The camera is very much a sturdy one, with the bold pink really making it stand out, with a flower design printed on a white background in the centre of the front which blends in perfectly with the surround. I did think at first that it was going to be too big for my daughters little hands as it really does look very bulky, yet it is built in such a way that her little hands are able to sit perfectly in the well lined up grooves of the camera, enabling my daughter to slot her hands onto it flawlessly. The whole shape of the camera is designed for this in mind. At either side there are raised edges which come up from the centre piece of the camera with wide holding edges. This, again, is perfectly shaped for little hands to curl their fingers around to hold it. There is also raised edging at the bottom to stop hands slipping down and working with the sides in perfect harmony. The view finder is designed with two eye holes rather than one as young children can find it difficult to shut one eye and concentrate through one viewing hole. This is also raised out from the centre allowing room for your child's nose and thumbs to rest gently at the back when taking a photo. The only problem with regards to the size and shape in this matter is that the button to take the photo is on the front near the top corner. For children with small hands, this means they do have to readjust their hold on the camera to be able to reach it. This is something my daughter took a while to get used to, though now a few months later, she is able to manoeuvre her hands without even thinking, and due to the grooves, she rarely drops it when moving it around. It is a slight design flaw, though, as some children may find this difficult. Alongside this slight problem is that the camera is also quite weighty. Even when I hold the camera with one hand, I can feel the pull of it on my wrist. I know that the weight is perhaps unavoidable, though, due to the design of the non-break camera and so this can be overlooked as perhaps you can not have everything, though some children again, may find holding it difficult in the way they need to in order to take photos due to this weight. The back of the camera has the colour design flowing around nicely, though this time, the white centre has no flower design to it. This does not make it look plain, though, as the screen is in the centre with four buttons at each corner of it with a further bigger button on the raised pink edge. The screen is approximately a 1.5 inch LCD screen and is slightly indented into the camera face. It is rather a small screen for the size of the camera and does not show the pictures clearly on it at all unfortunately. My younger sister has a slightly more expensive non-breakable children's camera with a larger screen which allows viewing the photos much easier. It is a shame that this screen is so small as there is plenty of room for it to have been made bigger. Via the screen, you are able to view the camera shot when taking the photo as well as view the shots once they are stored. Partly due to the size of the screen and partly due to the terrible dark colour it allows, you are barely able to see the photo of what you are taking in dim lighting. Even in daylight, the image comes out quite orange and blurry most of the time. This blurriness could also be partly to do with how the photo is taken (more about this below).
As mentioned, there are four buttons on the back with a further larger on the raised area. The larger one is the zoom button which allows a 4x digital zoom with what is meant to be an enhanced imager for good low light performance. In daylight, the zoom works well, if not slightly grainy when zoomed right in, and in low lighting, you get the same effect though due to the darkness of the screen in this low lighting, it is difficult to get a correct idea of what it should be doing. The other four buttons are the usual self explanatory buttons. The first one is in orange and is the on/off button. When the camera is turned on, a small (and quite funny - at least to my daughter!) whirring ping noise occurs. This also occurs when turning it off again; though do not be worried if your child forgets to switch it off after use as my daughter always does as it has a no-use automatic turn off feature after the camera has been inactive for 30 seconds approximately. This is a great feature as it preserves the batteries well. The two top green buttons have triangle arrows pointing to the outsides of the camera which allows the user to scroll through stored photos. This feature does have yet another design flaw, though. When scrolling through the photos, it only gives you a couple of seconds to look at it before it will take you back out of this option if you haven't scrolled onwards. As it stores a number of photos, it is very annoying for the child when this happens as they have to start all over again at the beginning. My daughter has become frustrated at times with this as she has found a photo she wants to show us and by the time she has given us the camera, the photo has gone and it takes her ages to find it again and then we are back going around in circles. Obviously to overcome this, the best way is to put all the photos onto a computer though this does not help when you are out and your child wants to show you their photo there and then! The final button is a red one with a cross on. This is the delete button. You are able to delete one photo at a time which is very time consuming when you are trying to delete them when out to make room for your child to take more photos!
Taking photos is obviously a very large feature when discussing any camera, even if it is simply a children's camera, and taking photos on this camera is not an easy task. It is a camera aimed for three years plus where children's hands are not as steady as most adult's hands are. Therefore, you may expect some kind of feature to counter-act a child shaking the camera when taking the photos, (or perhaps that is just me and maybe this is not even invented!?) yet there is none. Perhaps I am looking too much into this, yet I honestly believe that something of this nature is needed as even the slightest of shakes will blur the photo immensely. Also, any movement with the subjects of the photo, ie: if my daughter is taking a picture of me, then the camera just does not have the ability to focus and therefore the person (ie me) becomes very blurred. My daughter has got a lot better with this recently, perhaps due to practising on my camera, though there are still loads of photos which are too blurred to recognise what is in it. Of course, there are always very random photos of the floor or walls which is to be expected with a three year old, though when she is able to take a good photo I would have hoped that the camera would have worked with her better. Occasionally, the camera does surprise me and take quite a decent photo with limited orange glow and barely any blurriness, though these photos are few and far between and need the perfect lighting and the perfect amount of stillness to achieve.
The colouring on the photos is not of very good quality either. All of the daylight photos come out with an orange tint to them and the evening/low light photos come out practically black apart from any light that the camera picks up such as a television. It is stated that the image resolution is meant to be 1.3 or .3 Megapixels though I certainly wouldn't say that it shows this rating.
Once a photo is taken, the camera automatically stores it so no need to save it in any way which is easy for the child. There is only a slight delay between taking one photo and being able to take another, though no quick action shots can be taken, yet this is not something I expected in a child's camera anyway though I thought I would mention it. The camera has a 128MB inbuilt memory with no slot for extra card memory.
Photos can be uploaded onto your computer though the camera does not come with the USB needed so you will need to purchase this separately. Fortunately my husband likes to hoard bits and pieces to do with computers so we already had one. To connect the USB lead you need to unhook the catch on the bottom of the camera. This is a child safety catch and my daughter has not figured it out yet at all. Also under this catch is the battery slot where four AAA batteries are required. The camera comes with these and they are long lasting (a few months later and we have not had to change them yet). This could be to do with the automatic shut off feature.
As the name of this camera suggests, this camera is very child proof (or kid tough as it is stated). My daughter has dropped this camera many a time and it still works perfectly and looks as good as new. I would not try to submerse it in water just in case, though! It has been dropped down a full flight of stairs, though, so we know that that is protected!
I never like looking up prices for gifts, though came across this camera when looking to purchase one ourselves and so I did not feel so guilty when rechecking afterwards! It is certainly not a cheap camera, though is a cheaper model than others of this type. This can be found around £40.00 from places such as Sainsbury's and is a little more on Amazon, ranging up to over £50.00.
When reviewing anything for a child, there is always two views to take into consideration; my own view and my daughters, and these views are quite often very different.
Being three years old, my daughter does not look into the depths of a product as I do and so is often very happy with a product when I have found many faults. This is the case with this camera. I suppose it is the child's view which is the most important, though a parents view is useful when spending a lot of money on something!
My daughter absolutely loves her camera. She, like me, takes it everywhere with her and loves taking photos of people and her other toys such as her Peppa Pig figures! When loading it onto the computer, she really enjoys looking through them and going onto the website attached to the camera and sticking stickers and stamps onto the photos. She does get frustrated at times with the short time she is able to view the photos before it turns back to the camera, and also when she shakes the camera too much for it to take the photo she wants, or when the screen is too dark to see, though other than that, she loves it and does not complain. It took my daughter a while to get used to the camera, what with getting people into the shot properly, though a few months later; she is becoming a little pro!
My opinion differs slightly. I think that the camera is perhaps a good one for very young pre-school children who do not expect much, though for the price it sells at, it really could be a lot better. As you can see from the main bulk of this review, there are many features in which really could have been a lot better. The shape and size is possibly the best parts of the camera in my opinion.
Do take a look at other cameras against this one before purchasing one to get a good idea of what each one offers against the different prices. This one is a lot cheaper than some, though is still too expensive for what it is in a lot of ways. I certainly would not write this camera off as my daughter loves it, though if you are expecting perfection, then this camera may not be for you.
Sainsbury item code: 120161909
Code on camera: V2751/V2752
We bought these cameras for our two children (aged 3 and 4 at the time) because when we wanted to take photos of them on our very expensive digital camera they were more interested in the camera itself than posing for it!
These sturdy little gems are easy for little hands to grip and cost us around £50 each which is quite expensive but in our experience worth it. They have a view finder which is brilliantly spaced for little eyes to rest upon giving them a perfect view of what they want to photograph. The LCD at the back gives them the immediacy of seeing the photo they have just taken which is great as children are invariably impatient. The camera has an invaluable function of turning itself off if not in use for a minute or so which is great for saving the batteries (of which you need 4 AAs).
The camera allows around 60 pictures to be taken. There are two scroll through buttons so that the pictures can be viewed one at a time and there is a delete button which needs to be pressed twice to actually permanently delete a photograph so if pressed by mistake a bin and a red question mark flashes up it so that you still have the option to keep the photo or delete it. Another good facility for kids as it is very difficult for them to accidentally delete a photo.
The quality of the image I think is fairly good for a toy especially if the lighting is good at the time of use. There is also an in-built flash for use in darker environments.
Yes, you could buy a real camera for around the same price and get better quality photographs but the whole point is that it is a toy for your children that can not easily be broken (ours have been thrown, dropped and whacked against various surfaces). You can download the images that they take and print them out but let's face it little ones will take pictures of anything and everything and you wouldn't necessarily want to keep them (as many will be of their feet, lol) and the beauty of it is neither do they! My two love the fact that they are doing what they perceive to be a grown up thing with a camera of their very own and that is what is so entertaining for them.
They are not bothered about the quality of the image and therefore neither am I! These cameras can be purchased in blue or pink.
Thanks for reading. x
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My son received this camera for christmas. I was pleasantly surprised by the quality and the ease of use. He is a very impatient just-turned-three and he has been able to master the simple controls easily. There are only five buttons on the whole camera. An on/off switch; Back and forward arrows to scroll through the pictures taken; A well positioned button to take the pictures which sits just where the child's index finger is so there is no difficulty finding the button; and a delete button. The delete button needs to be pressed twice which avoids any accidental deletions and resulting upsets. The best feature for my is the viewer, so well thought out for a child's use. It has two eyepieces so the child looks through like binoculars rather than having to work out how to view with one eye. The camera has been dropped, thrown around and pushed off the table a few times and it has come to no harm, It seems sturdily made and the hand holds are covered in softer material to help with gripping. The screen on the back is very small but it is good enough for the child to see the picture they have taken. I would happily buy one of these in the sale but I'm not sure that I would pay more than £40 for it.
I bought this Fisherprice camera for my three year old son for his birthday. We knew he would love taking photo's as he likes the pretend cameras that come as gifts with comics. We paid £44.99 for this camera which I thought was a bit expensive for a toy camera when you can get cheaper adult ones.
The camera is really simple to use and he has spent hours and hours taking photo's of everything from people's toes to birds outside. The screen on the camera is very small and it makes it really difficult to view the pictures that they have taken. Although, my son loves the camera it is not worth downloading them onto your pc as they look even worse on the monitor and printed - very blurry and very poor quality.
One good point though is it sturdieness as it has had a lot of rough treatment and it still works!!
We bought the Fisherprice Camera for my son last christmas who was two and a half years as loved taking photos on ours and was so worried about him breaking. When we purchased it from Argos it was in the sale and reduced to £44.99, I was a bit reluctant to pay that much still, but as we had some vouchers and knew he would love it we got it.
When he opened it Christmas day he loved it and easily figured out how to use and spent ages taking photos. However the screen on the camera is very small for them to actually see the photos they have taken. Very excited we then uploaded it to the computer, which was straight forward, but was absolutely devasted when we saw how poor quality the photo's looked. Thinking it was him moving etc I went on to take some, which were better for were still very blurred looking and not very good quality.
It is a great toy and real good for pretending, but definately not worth the money especially if you were hoping for some nice photos to cherish.
We brought this kid tough digital camera for my son last christmas it cost £50 from argos. He had seen it on the adverts during the run up to christmas and put it on his christmas list. He would always use my digital camera so we thought this one would be a good idea as it has its own memory and holds up to 60 photos. Once he opened it he wanted to take photos straight away, the only problem was it took so long to take the actual photo they kept comming our blurry which a 4 year old didnt seem to understand. I think the principal of making a camera for young children is great but it needs to be modified other wise it seems to be a waste of money. The other downside to this camera is the advert where it shows it being dropped down the stairs, which my son now thinks is great to drop it down the stairs with out it breaking. Overall I think this is a good toy but its very hard to keep the camera still enough to take a good photo.
I bought this for my 5 year old son for christmas in 2007 as he was always using my camera and I had 100 of pictures of his toys to filter through everytime I wanted to print some pictures!
All in all this is a good idea for a product. The camera is really study, overally tested after my son saw the advert and now keeps throwing it around the room due to the advert saying it can be dropped and wont brake, up to now this is very true! The camera is easy to handle for little hands and the fact they can hold it with both hands is great.
However I feel this camera was overpriced, I payed £60 for it and frankly I wish I had just bought him his own grown up camera. The picture quality is very poor and blury, to the point that we have never bothered to print any of the pictures. Also for the price you pay I would expect the camera to have some extra features like zoom in.
I was dubious about spending so much money on a camera for my four year old son, after all its great that he won't be able to break it (and he hasn't managed it yet) but at over £50 for a camera with so few megapixels could it ever be worth it? It turns out that the lack of megapixels is not the problem with this camera at all. The major flaw is the shutter speed. It takes so long for a photo to be taken that it is incredibly difficult for me to keep the camera still enough to take an unblurred photo, for a four year old it is nearly impossible. The camera does have some fun features and is good practice for using buttons while taking pictures and despite my disappointment at the blurry photos my son absolutely loves it. I guess at the end of the day that is all that really matters.
As a family who is addicted to taking photographs it was only natural that my 3 year old son would get the bug soon and lo and behold he took a shine to daddy's digital camera, daddy wasn't happy but the main thing is keeping the kids happy right haha! So a compromise was made, our little one had to keep his bedroom tidy, be a good boy and save his pocket money up and he could get his own camera.
I looked at the ones designed for children and they all seemed a bit too old for him and I didn't think he'd enjoy using such a little camera when he was used to daddy's camera so after having a browse online I came across the Fisher Price Kid Tough Digital Camera with a price tag of £59.99, I could not believe something which in my opinion looked quite cheap could be so expensive so before ordering online we decided to have a browse around the shops and make sure it was worth the money spent.
The Fisher Price Kid Tough Camera has an 8mb built in memory and can store over 60 pictures, it comes with the leads needed to transfer the pictures onto the computer, it has two eye holes (like binoculars) and two easy to grip handles so children can hold the camera securely. It is quite a tough little camera and my son has dropped his a few times on carpet and it still works fine, he is more careful now though as I don't suppose it would handle been dropped on concrete outside.
After looking at the camera I still thought £60 was too much to spend and managed to get one cheaper on ebay for him, not much cheaper but cheaper all the same. The picture quality isn't amazing but it does the job for my little boy and he takes pictures daily, it's by far one of his favourite toys. He loves looking at the pictures he has taken with his camera and sending them to his granny and aunties.
It is a great camera and a nice gift but very expensive for what it is and it does look quite cheap! With it been Fisher Price I think thats what makes it expensive, its a brand thing but so far no other company has brought out a childrens camera to rival it.
Fisher Price are a subsidary of Mattel and were founded in 1930 in America by Herman Fisher, Irving Price and Helen Schelle, they begun with the manufactoring of wooden toys and have over the years progressed into educational toys, play toys as well as pushchairs, highchairs etc. The Fisher Price brand is world known so it is a label you can trust.
My 5-year-old son loves to use my digital camera and so for Christmas I decided to buy him one of his own. I wanted a child friendly camera that would be tough enough to withstand some abuse yet still function like a real camera. I decided on the Fisher Price Kid tough digital camera after reading a positive review on this site.
The next thing was to find the camera at the best possible price. However to my dismay this camera was out of stock at many of the major retailers such as E.L.C and John Lewis. I eventually located one at Boots .com for just under £60. So was it money well spent?
What's in the box?
It was with great excitement that my son opening his presents on Christmas morning. He was immediately impressed with his new camera. It isn't the easiest of packaging to open! The box contains the camera, clear instructions, a strap, and a USB cable to connect to your computer. There are also 4 AA batteries and a photo editing CR-ROM.
The Fisher Price kid tough camera is available in a choice of either pink or blue. Needless to say I bought the blue version! The camera certainly feels well made. It is big and chunky and has a two-hand hold, making it very easy for small hands to grip safely. There is a double viewfinder as many young children find it difficult to focus through one eye. At the back of the camera is a 1.6-inch colour LCD screen, allowing your child to see the picture they have taken instantly. There are just 2 buttons and 2 arrows that operate all the cameras functions, so nothing too complicated here! It is easy to delete any unwanted pictures and the clear dustbin symbol helps! If the camera is left switched on for any length of time it will switch itself off, saving the batteries. Press the arrow to view all your pictures on the LCD screen.
The camera comes with a built in automatic flash. It also has an 8 MB built in memory that is enough to hold about 60 pictures. There is an SD card slot if you feel you need more memory. In my experience the inbuilt memory is ample.
It is really easy to connect the camera to the computer with the provided USB cable. The editing software is simple and my son finds it easy to use and now edits his own pictures. He also enjoys seeing his pictures as a slide show.
This camera is compatible with Mac and windows 2000 and up and windows XP. I suggest you check your computer is compatible before buying.
This is a really well made, sturdy camera. It is aimed at children from about 3 years old. My son is 5 and finds this camera easy to operate. I like the double viewfinder as he does find it difficult to look through one eye. The camera is easy to grip with 2 hands helping to eliminate camera shake. I am pleased the camera comes complete with built in memory and have not felt the need to but any extra memory. My son has dropped his camera at least once and the camera still functions, as it should!
Using this camera has certainly helped my son develop his creative skills. I am very impressed with some of the pictures he has set up! He recently made a flower and leaf sculpture to photograph. He was then able to download it and email his grandparents a copy of his work!
The camera is also good for encouraging hand to eye co-ordination.
On the negative side the picture quality is a little disappointing. Pictures taken inside using the flash can be quite grainy. The camera functions best outside without using the flash. However as this camera is only a 1.3 MP I guess I shouldn't expect the pictures to be great! The camera doesn't come with a bag. It is possible to buy one for this model but at £15 they are not cheap! For the cost of the camera I feel a bag should be included.
The batteries provided don't last long and I would suggest you invest in a set of rechargeable batteries.
Overall I would recommend this camera for young children. Older children might find the picture quality frustrating. It is very easy to use and a good introduction to the world of digital phography.
We bought this camera for our three-year-old son for Christmas 2007. It was on special offer at Argos for £45.00, which is still quite a hefty price for what it is. The idea of a tough digital camera for kids that can withstand lots of abuse is great, however, I feel the manufacturers have made a few mistakes with this product.
The first issue is the fact that this camera has a built-in automatic flash, which cannot be disabled. This can be a serious safety hazzard for very young children, who might accidentally use the camera the wrong way around - like my son tends to - and have the flash go off right in their eye! My husband immediately spotted this hazzard and we put some duct tape over the flash to prevent this from happening. This, of course, means that we can't take any good photos indoors, but hey, safety comes first for us!
The second issue I have with this camera is that the specs (resolution, memory) are very low. I know it's only meant to be a toy, but for this sort of price I would have expected something along the lines of a real camera. Although there's an option to set a higher resolution (640X480) it is still not up to scratch in my opinion. The pictures appear rather grainy on the screen and they are hardly worthy of printing. When you set the camera for higher resolution, the built-in 8MB memory is only enough for about 20 photos. You can add a memory card (up to 1GB in size) but having spent close to £50 on this toy camera including batteries, I'm not sure I would want the additional expense.
The camera takes 4 X AA batteries. I would have preferred the option of using rechargable lithium/Li-ion batteries as they are cheaper in the long run and better for the environment.
What I like about this camera is its physical design. It is sturdy and rubbery, so easy for little hands to handle, and it has a binoculars-style viewfinder as very young children can't look with just one eye open. It has an LCD screen about 1 1/4" square, so children can immediately see the photos they have taken. They can also cycle through them with the help of the left and right arrows (in the shape of a triangle < >) and delete them if they want with the red button. The buttons make noises when pressed, which is a feature sure to charm little users. The LCD screen could do with better resolution.
The camera comes with a USB cable and the photos can be downloaded to a computer very easily (compatible with Windows 2000/ME/XP/Vista as well as Macintosh).
All in all, I think this camera is not very good value for money. The idea is great, but the product is let down by the manufacturers' greed to maximise profits at the expense of quality. For a product of this calibre I would be happy to pay £20-£25 tops. For £50-£60 I would expect something a little better.
It was my daughter's fourth birthday the other day and as always we struggled to decide what to buy her for a present - I mean, what do you buy a little girl who has so many toys already? Anyway, I was browsing on the Early Learning Centre website looking for inspiration when I came across the Fisher Price digital camera! Ah ha! I thought, this could be just the thing especially as my daughter has always had a worrying fascination with her Daddy's rather expensive digital camera and has always wanted to take photos with that! What's more, I could get this Fisher Price digital camera in pink!
Now, I have to tell you that this camera is not cheap - at £60 it really was at the top end of what I wanted to pay (but being members of the ELC birthday club we did get 20% off which made the price much more manageable!) However, for this money you have to realise that you are not buying a toy but a real camera which can do most of the things that any digital camera can do.
As you can see from the picture the camera is quite big and sturdy and there is nothing too fiddly for little fingers to have to manage! It is actually described as 'kid tough' which it has to be with little ones about. This really means that it will take a lot to damage this camera so you don't need to worry too much if it gets dropped on the floor or is bashed about a bit! This was definitely a consideration with my daughters!
So the camera is pretty easy for little children to hold and there are only a small number of buttons that they need to press and understand. These are all different colours as well so it definitely helps them to remember which one is which. The blue button is the most important one as this is the on/off switch. When this is pressed you hear a lovely whizzy whirly noise so you definitely know that it is on! Also, when you turn it on you can then see through the screen at the back. The button for actually taking pictures is green and is at the front in a very accessible place where they would be holding it anyway. It's just a simple one press and the picture is taken. The camera doesn't have any zoom features but for a four year old this really isn't very important. It does have a built in flash but it is the camera that decides whether this is needed or not!
So when your child is ready to take a photo there is not too much they have to think about - just look through the view finder and press the green button! They can see what they are going to be taking either by looking at the screen at the back or lifting the camera to their eyes and looking through the view finder. There is one for each eye, similar to binoculars, so they do not need to worry about having to scrunch one eye up in order to see!
As for all children, the most exciting time comes when they have taken their photo and they want to see what they have taken. As I said this is just like a grown up digital camera so immediately they can look at the screen and see what they have taken - my daughter was so excited to be able to do this straight away! There are two green arrows to press to take you through all the ones you have taken, and a red button to delete any you don't want. My daughter absolutely loves this and has been going around the last few days snapping, viewing and deleting to her heart's content! And as it is her camera, Mummy and Daddy are not constantly stopping her from ruining all their precious photos!
More excitingly still, the camera comes with a cable and software so you can actually download them onto a computer and then print, edit or view as a slideshow. The possibilities are endless and there is no stopping our little photographer! And wahat sort of photos are being taken in our house at the moment? Well, Mummy and Daddy are having to be on the look out at all times, because they never know when our little one is going to sneak up and take a photo! Also most of the toys have had their photos taken, as has the furniture, the crockery and even the blades of grass in the garden! And can we tell what they are? Well, most of the time yes, although we are seeing some strange angles and close ups! Well, the art of photography does take years to master! Having said that though, I am really pleased we bought this camera for our daughter as it has really captured her interest and imagination and she is learning about photography as well - you never know, it might encourage her to take it uo as a real hobby when she is older!
The camera does require batteries in order to run (four AA ones and probably best to get rechargeable ones as they don't last long) and it has an inbuilt memory which allows my daughter to take about sixty photos, which is probably plenty in one go! We also bought a hard pink case to keep it in at the same time and this cost £15, but will be worth it if it helps keep it safe!
So overall both my daughter and I thoroughly recommend this camera as it is tough, easy to use, practical, creative and fun! And most of all - it's her's - which means she'snot after our camera any more!
Kid's camera. Stores over 60 pictures, with 8 MB built-in memory.