What to look for in buying a camera for kids from the perspective of a
By: Pauline hackemann
When my daughter turned 4, I bought her a camera. Being a photographer
myself I made sure to do a lot of research on which one was the best one. I
definitely wanted one that would not break if it fell, and one that could
take decent pictures.
It is a great thing that digital photography has now enabled – your child
can instantly review her photographs and marvel at them. But watch out – you
might discover what you look like from some rather strange angles, tat are
not the most flattering.
I chose the
V-Tec Kid Zooom at the time (2008).
- Won’t break if it is dropped
- Stores over 500 images, more with a memory card
- Includes great interactive features like a game that allows her to
draw over the photograph, or put a mask or wig on a person’s head. These
features can be turned on and off and can also appear while s/he looks
at the screen
- Your child can look through 2 viewfinders, or at an LCD screen when
- Cute noises that help the child understand what is going on/learn
- Includes a flash which automatically turns on
- Child can feel independent, own his/her world, by taking pictures
- Includes a few puzzle games that use the photographs already taken
- resolution is low, so ne can’t print the images larger than about 4
inches wide (but trust me, you won’t want to anyway – take the real
- It is not rechargeable, but uses batteries (however they last a
decent amount of time)
- It is a pain to change the batteries, but good that they are screwed
For a list of other cameras for babies or younger aspiring photographers,
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