Discovery Kids Camera Review

3 star rating

The Discovery Kids Camera is another digital model that is available at a very competitive price. Available in blue or purple, it is recommended for kid age 3 years and over. This is a compact camera with basic features, but it does come at a great price if you are on a limited budget or simply don’t want to spend too much on a camera for your little one.

Discovery Kids Camera Features

  • 1.5-inch colour LCD display
  • USB connectivity (includes USB cable and installation CD)
  • Soft, molded hand grips
  • Built-in carry strap
  • 16 MB of built-in memory storage
  • Video recording function

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If you are looking for a kids digital camera with lots of fancy features, you need to look elsewhere! However, if you want a simple model that has everything your child needs to take snaps and video footage without any adult assistance, this could well be the one for you.

The Discovery Kids Camera is built to survive all the rough and tumble of play-time, and it really is one of the more durable options in its price range. In fact, the main selling point of this particular model is that it is so tough. It really seems as if it will put up with anything a child could possibly subject it to!

The controls are completely child-friendly and even a toddler should be able to quickly work out what to do to start snapping. With storage space for up to 120 still images, your little one will be able to build quite a collection before you need to transfer them onto the PC. When this time comes, there is a USB cable included to plug into the PC and the images and video clips can then be stored on the hard drive.

 

Those who have tested this kids digital camera make it clear that it should be rated as an interactive toy, rather than a fully functioning digital camera. Do not expect the picture quality to be great, and remember that this really doesn’t matter that much when it is a pre-schooler behind the lens! One drawback that is often touched upon is the fact that it does not have automatic shut-off. This means the batteries can quickly drain if you don’t keep an eye on it. If it had this function, many people would consider it to be practically perfect as a camera for very young children.

Another small downside is that it is perhaps too easy to switch between the photo mode and the video mode, which happens when the power button is pressed down for more than a couple of seconds. So it would be easy for videos to be filmed without the child even realising. As a result, the memory can become filled up really quickly, which drains the batteries.

If you are buying for older children (7 years and above), this is probably not what you should be spending your money on. Yes, it is cheap, but if your child doesn’t use it, you are not getting value for money. For younger kids, however, it is a great introduction to the world of digital photography – and one that is tough enough to stay in one piece while that happens!

At the moment the Discovery is available for under $25 – a price that simply can’t be beaten in terms of quality and durability. It could well be the best digital camera for kids in this price bracket.

Features Summary
At a glance…

  • Aimed at 3 – 7 years, but most suitable for pre-schoolers
  • Only 16 MB built-in memory
  • Includes USB cable
  • Very easy to grip
  • Extremely durable
  • One of the most affordable digital kids cameras on the market

 

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