Athina and I are a little lazy about lugging cameras around (apologies as always for alliterating) but, like most people we know, we love photographs — especially photos that feature Sophie (and don’t feature me).
We also both agree that taking photos is a skill. It’s creative. It’s active and it’s interactive… not interactive in the computer / digital / dumb sense but interactive in that it helps you participate in stuff. We also both see photography as a craft and an art. In other words, when Sophie says she wants to take photos, we don’t hang around complaining about the negative impact on her IQ.
So, when we found a few cameras in a UK department stores, I tried a few out before picking one to take home.
I have no way of warning you off the other cameras but I can walk you through the good and bad of this Vtech KidiZoom.
- It’s got an LCD screen for lining up shots and viewfinders but, get this, the view finder is binocular and that’s AWESOME because Sophie can’t wink (seriously, how cool is that?).
- Pictures and Videos.
- Connects to TV (tv out cable in the box).
- Connects to Computer via mini-USB cable — very easily.
- Has games.
- Has 2 buttons for taking photos — one is on top where you’d expect the button on a grown-up’s camera; the second is on the back — a big button marked ok. The cool thing is that little hands don’t cope so well with the top button but Sophie can hold the camera and reach the OK button with her thumb.
- It’s tough / sturdy.
- It’s purple (neutral color so would be ok for boys or girls).
- Takes 4 x AA batteries that last for ages. I don’t remember if we got any in the box but it’s the type of battery that, as parents, we always have lying around. The battery compartments are screwed in and that’s something I look for in all of Sophie’s battery operated stuff.
- Has an SD card but internal memory also so if you forget your card, you can still take pictures… my freakin’ G9 doesn’t have that.
- Really difficult to get a good photo out of it — my old Nokia takes better pics but worlds apart better than the cameras of my childhood.
- I think they goofed with the editing buttons and all the other stuff — if vtech had saved that for the computer, they could have simplified the controls on the camera and Sophie wouldn’t be walking around wondering why it didn’t click when she pushed the button.
- It’s a little big and heavy for little hands.
- Silly name… it doesn’t zoom (not properly)
A little pricey for a toy — we paid around 45 sterling but I’m sure Sophie will get years out of it (assuming it survives).
I wish the camera itself was a little better… I bought it knowing that it would be still ‘good enough’ for Sophie and if and when she complains that it’s not good enough (meaning Sophie’s expectations and standards have exceeded the camera), it’s done its job anyway but… I wish the camera itself were better.
End of the day though… very good … 4.5 ducks out of 5
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