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Digital Cameras For Children, Features To Look For

April 25, 2012 | Comments: 0 | Views: 165

Finding a camera that is easy to use but which will have sufficient features and 'extras' to keep a child entertained can be tricky as the initial inclination for any adult is to check out the features that would be important to them if buying a camera for themselves. However, this is not the way to choose a camera for a child, so check out our suggested features to look for below!

For a young pre-school child, look for:-

  • A really tough camera with a robust casing that will stand up to being dropped.
  • Big chunky buttons and a rounded shape that's easy to hold.
  • A menu that is easy for children who cannot yet read, to understand.
  • A dual view finder so that children can look through both eyes when taking a picture.
  • A large memory (at this age it is going to be quantity, not quality!).
  • An auto shut off function to save batteries getting depleted accidentally.
  • Interactive games to amuse the child when he is bored with taking pictures.

For a school-age child (approx 5-8 yrs), look for:-

  • Better picture quality.
  • Rotating lens (allows the child to take pictures of himself).
  • Video recording facility.
  • In-camera editing, allowing the addition of frames or special effects.
  • Games and other features to entertain when not being used as a camera.

For a pre-teenage child (9-12 yrs), look for:-

  • A more adult-looking camera but one which is still 'tough'.
  • Extra features like zoom and light settings to enable better picture quality.
  • Easy download to computer to enable image sharing with friends online.
  • Editing software to enable images and videos to be edited, organized and shared.
  • Extra memory card slot-in facility to enable more pictures to be taken.

There is no doubt, that quite apart from being a really fun toy to have, a digital camera for even the youngest child can be a valuable educational toy too. Many skills can be learned in learning to use a camera and confidence can be gained by being able to use it with the minimum of adult supervision and having fun sharing the images taken with friends and family.

For the very youngest children motor skills such as hand to eye coordination can be developed. For older children social skills can be improved by talking about the images they have taken, perhaps creating a photo-diary or other record of holidays, family occasions and outings. For pre-teen children, using their images as a way of sharing with friends online or improving the content of school work or developing creativity with editing skills can develop a very satisfying and perhaps life-long hobby.

For parents and grandparents and other, older family members, sharing the learning experience of a child and having some very precious time where the child can show the pictures he has taken and talk about them can be very rewarding and far outweigh the small cost of the initial purchase of a digital camera.

If you are looking for a camera for a child, you will find kids digital camera reviews, a site set up by two moms to provide honest and impartial reviews of models and everything you need to know about cameras for children, very helpful. For example, check out one of the recommendations for pre-school children, the Disney Princess Digital Camera, you will see the simple star rating system and the at-a-glance features list that makes finding the model you want, so much easier.

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