As children grow up they go from wanting to be making crazy faces in front of the camera to snapping you whatever you happen to be doing with your pride and joy camera. At some point you decide to save your nerves and buy them one of their own. But how do you choose a digital camera for kids? Well, in this article I'm going to talk about one of the most popular on the market at the moment - the VTech Kidizoom Camera. Read on to find out more about the features, pros and cons of this camera.

Kidizoom Features

VTech KidizoomThis VTech Kidizoom camera is for ages 3 and up. Its multimedia functionality includes the ability to take photos, short video clips and play games. It has a 1.8" colour LCD screen that can either be used as a viewfinder or to view photos and videos once shot. It comes with a creative workshop feature which means photos can be edited in cute, kiddie ways. There is a link to the TV or computer for editing photos or watching video footage. The three games can be played on the camera or on the television using the included cables. There is a 16MB memory which can be expanded with a memory card. Everything you need is included in the box other than the batteries to power it.

Kidizoom Pros

On the upside the Kidizoom camera is easy to use and very robust. It is designed for children as young as 3 years old and can withstand the dropping, bashing and other general misuse a child of this age will dish out. The ergonomic design is great. There are solid, chunky handles that are easy for children to grip. It is not very heavy and has large buttons that are easy to find. The picture editing software is hilarious. You may find yourself with devil horns or rabbit ears but the feature will keep your children happily amused for hours. The internal memory can hold 200 photos or a five minute video before you have to transfer to a PC or delete the files. The games are easy to pick up and play.

Kidizoom Cons

The LCD screen is small and the picture quality is not very good. Bear in mind this is a children's toy, not a substitute camera for you that cannot be broken. It has only 0.3 megapixels compared to 5.0-8.0 that an adult camera may have. The way children take photos on the move means the pictures are sometimes blurry and the flash is poor. You really need a memory card on hand as children can whizz through the 200 photo capacity in less than five minutes. It is also advisable to use a memory card because if the batteries go without one, you lose everything. Finally the name is a bit misleading as there is in fact no zoom.

So overall if you bear in mind this is a toy, not a camera for taking treasured photos, you will not be disappointed. Your child will love it either way as their thoughts on picture quality are non existent as long as they can see a vague idea of what they thought they were photographing.