The Fisher Price Kid Tough Camera was the first multi-functional digital camera aimed at the pre-school market. There are several products in the Fisher Price kids camera range, and the original Kid Tough remains one of the best sellers.
If you have never purchased or used a kids digital camera before, this is a great place to start!
The Kid Tough comes in pink or blue and according to the manufacturer is suitable for 3 – 7 year olds. Coming in at less than $40 from Amazon, it is a great price. But what exactly do you get for your money and how does it compare to other kids digital cameras?
- Dual viewfinder
- 256 MB built-in memory to store over 1000 images
- 0.3 mega pixel imager
- 4 x digital zoom
- 1.4-inch colored screen
- Enhanced imager
What we like about the Fisher Price Kid Tough
- It really is tough enough to endure rough play at the hands of kids! It can be dropped, thrown and splashed – and it will survive.
- The controls are large, well-positioned and simple to use, making them really child-friendly.
- Its sturdy two-hand grips help take steady snaps.
- The enhanced imager makes taking photos in low light possible without a flash.
- It comes with downloadable software to add special effects to the pictures on a PC.
For under $40, the Fisher Price Kid Tough Digital Camera offers great value for money. This is an ideal digital camera for a preschooler. Because it has a dual viewfinder, is easy to hold and the buttons are so accessible, even a 3-year old will find it easy to use. In fact, some testers report that 2-year olds were able to use it without adult assistance.
This is a lot tougher than some other kids digital cameras – another reason to choose it for a very young child. We think it’s great for toddlers up to age 5 or 6 – at this stage they will probably be ready to move onto something a little more sophisticated.
The picture quality isn’t great, but this is the case with all kids digital cameras. It’s really important to remember that you are buying it for a child, who won’t care how clear the images are and in many cases will enjoy the process of taking the pictures much more than looking at the finished results. (Some little ones seem to like deleting the images as much as they like taking them in the first place!)
Points to consider if you go for the Kid Tough Camera
- Make sure indoor shots are well lit or they will be very dark and grainy. As with most kids’ models, there is no flash, so outdoor shots turn out far better.
- Bear in mind that the images are going to look far better on a computer than on the small screen, so do take the time to download them.
- It does not come with a USB cable, so if you don’t have one you will have to buy it separately.
- Encourage your child to hold the camera as still as possible to reduce blur, but accept that blurry photographs are going to be the norm for the first few years of your child’s photography journey!
- If your little one’s images come out consistently blurry, try some free online image editing software and you may be able to turn them into works of art! This is something fun that you can include your child in too, of course.
We think this camera is absolutely perfect for a toddler who has never used a camera before. It is the ideal first step for them toward learning how a camera works and operating the most basic settings.
If you keep in mind the following general criteria for a child’s camera, you won’t go far wrong:
- It should be really easy for a child to use, with no complicated instructions to follow.
- It should be strong enough to withstand being dropped, bumped, chewed and anything else a child may subject it to!
- It should fit into your budget.
In our opinion, the Fisher Price Kid Tough Digital Camera ticks all the boxes and is a great first digital camera for the 3 – 5 year age group…and even better, you can get it at a price that won’t break the bank!