The V Tech Lightning McQueen Digital Camera may look like a toy, but it is actually a fantastic first camera for kids and receives awesome reviews. Retailing at under $55, it offers great value for money if you are looking for a digital camera under $100 for 3 to 7 year olds. Update- this camera is now more expensive, I guess it has been so popular, it is getting hard to find!
Features of the Vtech Lightning McQueen camera
- 256MB built in memory stores up to 500 images or 10 minutes of video
- Add extra storage space with an SD card (not included)
- Comes with an AV cable to connect to a TV and USB cable to connect to computer
- Choice of 3 modes: Camera Mode, Photo Editor Mode and Movie Mode
- Photo Editor software includes picture frames and stamps to add Cars 2 characters to images
- Cute Cars 2 sound effects
If you have a young Cars 2 fan at home, this kids digital camera is absolutely perfect for them! As well as being a good quality camera with lots of additional features (such as sound effects and photo editing software), it looks really cool!
The manufacturer recommends the Cars Camera for the 3 to 7 year age group, and we think this is about right. Some testers found that it was a little too wide for a 2 year old to hold (although with some assistance, they would be able to have fun with it too). The majority of pre-schoolers should find it easy to use, and what makes it particularly suitable for younger kids is that it is really durable. It can be dropped, thrown and kicked around, and it should still work! This is a big plus if you are buying it for a small child, or if you have a few kids at home who are likely to fight over it.
When it comes to image quality, the same goes for all children’s digital cameras. A pre-schooler is not going to take amazing pictures, no matter how sophisticated the camera is! So you must accept blurry pictures as part of the deal! Older children, on the other hand, will find it easier to stay still when snapping, and this should result in some pretty impressive images.
The main thing is that kids love using this camera and the cool sound effects and editing software give it an edge over many comparable models.
Amazon Customer Reviews:
My 5-year old and my 2-year old are having lots of fun taking pictures with this everywhere we go, it is very easy for me to download them to a computer so grandparents can enjoy them too. They’ve dropped the camera a few times already, but there’s not even a scratch and it works perfectly.
It’s very sturdy and durable. I also like that you can have frames of different Cars characters in the shot as you take someone’s picture. It’s also nice that it does video and pictures. Plus it makes cute Cars sounds!