Having children with birthdays in the last few months of the year, makes Christmas shopping difficult. I have 2 daughters with birthdays in October! By the time it came to do my shopping, I was stumped!
My youngest, has been captivated with Toy Story ever since the summer when we went to the cinema to see number 3. Our house has since been taken over with Woody, Buzz and co! I first saw this camera just before her birthay, but was put off by the price - the cheapest I found it was £50, and considering she was only 3, I thouyght £50 on a camera was a bit much.
However, I was very lucky enough to get one of the Buzz cameras during Amazon's Black Friday sale, snapped up at the bargain price of £25, especially as it came with the bag (check your listings, because not all of them do come with the bag)
The first thing that impressed me about the camera was how sturdy it is. Its made of tough plastic, but it also has an almost spongy feel to it, so if it gets dropped, it almost bounces! Its a nice, big chunky camera, with chunky side handles that give little hands a perfect grip.
I was worried that my daughter wouldnt know what to do, but once we popped in batteries (4x AA, not supplied!) and showed her how to take a photo, she picked it up so quickly, and the camera is still never very far away from her!
There is a colour LCD screen on the back, so when taking pictures, she can see ecatly what she is taking, as well as being able to browse back through them afterwards. The screen has come in very handy, as most of the photos she took Christmas Day were blurry, or of our feet, but over the next few days we noticed her concentrating harder, and she would often hold the camera higher so she could catch our faces, and when we looked through her photos, we could see the improvement from where she was looking properly.
She quickly learnt what all the buttons and knobs did, and she quickly found she could edit the pictures, and add frames or characters from the Toy Story films into her pictures. We now have countless photos with Buzz! As well as being able to do this on the camera, there is also software for the pc, which you can uplaod the photos you have taken onto and browse more frames and characters and add other little bits to. Even at 3 she enjoyed this very much, and she loves the photo of herself with Jessie hair and hat!
As well as photos, theres a video function, so kids can make videos too. Its easy to switch between the camera and video modes with the simple push of a button, and we often find ourselves being filmed. The playback on the LCD screen is great, it picks up sounds really well, and the only problem with the videos is sometimes they can look slightly pixelated. The camera comes with a cable to hook the camera up to the tv, so you can watch the videos on telly aswell!
Although the camera is a 2 megapixel, the quality of the photos is great, and the extras are brilliant. Just this morning, the memory on my daughters camera got filled, and she has various videos and almost 300 photo's, so considering we havent put any extra memory card in, it has tons of memory.
The only slight problem with this camera is how bright the flash is! If you are not prepared for it, it's quite blinding. It took us all a while to get used to having this brilliant white light flashing in our faces, as its really strong. Other than that I have no complaints at all about this camera.
As well as the camera (and the bag, if you purchase it) it alo comes with pc software, a wrist strap, pc and tv cables, and a manual.
I managed to grab this at a real bargain price, and in my opinion, anything under £40 is a super bargain for this, and had I known about all the functions and how much my daughter would play with it, I would quite happily have paid out the £50-£60 I was finding it for before, and it would have been worth the money!