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Head-2-Head Review: Kids Cameras Compared
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Years ago kids enjoyed pushing around toy vacuum cleaners because that’s what they saw their parents pushing around. Today’s kids have branched out; mommy and daddy are taking photos with digital cameras and now kids want to join in the fun. What better way is there to foster their interest than to provide them with their very own camera?

 

Finding the right camera for your child is tricky. The camera shouldn’t be so advanced that it will confuse your child nor should it be so simple that they will be bored in an hour. It also shouldn’t be so fragile that it breaks, nor so sturdy that they can hardly push the buttons.

 

You should determine what the purpose of the camera is to you and your child. If you want a toy to keep the kid busy, you will likely want a different camera than one that is actually capable of taking decent photos. Read on to find the best digital camera for your kid and your budget.

Spec Comparison

 
 
Fisher-Price Kid-Tough Camera
Vtech Kidizoom Camera
“Diego” Npower flash jr. Rugged Digital Camera
Digital Blue Snap Digital Camera
Age Range
3+
3+
3+
6+ (our best guess)
Batteries
4  AAA
4 AA
4 AA
2 AA
Resolution
640 x 480 pixels or interpolated 1.3 MP
640 x 480-pixel images (2 MP interpolation with software), 160 x 120-pixel video at 11 fps
640 x 480 pixels
1.3 MP
Internal Memory/ Media Slot
64MB (stores about 540 images at standard resolution and 165 at the interpolated resolution)/ No media slot available
16MB (12MB free to store up to 200 photos or up to 5 minutes of video)/ SD slot (support up to 2GB) for SD and supports MMC media earlier than version 4.0)
8MB (stores about 79 images), SD slot (support up to 1GB)
32MB (stores about 150 images)
Lens
4.8mm, f=2.6
 
 
 
Focus range
4 ft (1.2m) to infinity
1.5 ft (0.46m) to infinity
1.64 feet (0.5m) to infinity
 
LCD Screen
1.6” color
1.8” color
1.4” color
1.4” color
Flash range
4-7.5 ft (1.2-2.2m)
3-6 ft (0.91-1.83m)
 
 
Dimensions
5.38 x 2.75 x 4 inches/ 13.7 x 7 x 10.2 cm
5.7 x 2.2 x 3.5 inches/ 14.48 x 5.59 x 8.89 cm
5.2 x 3.3 x 2.7 inches/ 13.2 x 3.38 x 6.86 cm
4 x 2.75 x 1.25 inches/ 10.2 x 7 x 3.18 cm
Weight (w/o batteries)
10.5 oz/ 298 g
 
 
3 oz./ 85 g
Connectivity
USB
USB, AV
USB
USB
Price
$50
$59.99
$59.99
$39.99
Extras
Waterproof
3 Games, Editing Software, Video Capture, Voice Recording, 3-month warranty
Tripod socket, 10-second self-timer, 90-day warranty, “Smile button”
1-year limited warranty, Tripod socket, 4x digital zoom

 


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