Your kid can be a shutterbug as early as three years old! Daddy Troy reviews the ten main features to look for when buying your kid's first camera.
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Welcome back to gear daddy, I’m your host daddy Troy and in this episode, I will be listing the top ten things to look for when you’re buying your kid’s first camera. Kids as young as three years old can actually start using a digital camera. Today I have two models, one by Fisher-Price and one by Vtech that are specifically designed for that age range. Now realize they have about as many bells and whistles that the adult camera do, so it’s worth nine, ten things to look for when you go to buy one. Now the top ten relays and the tope ten today, it is really ten things to look for when you actually buy one of these cameras. Since it is your kid’s first camera, realize that your ability is really very important. The kids are going to be carrying around within everywhere, they are going to drop it on the concrete and these cameras, like babies, actually bounce. They are very soft on the outside, kind of soft, rubber-like material, they are really sturdy, all one piece, no moving parts to go in and out, things like that. So durability, number one thing if you’re buying your kid’s first camera. The size of the screen in the back is really, really important for an early photographer. Here she has some near misses and successes and it is really important for him or her to be able to evaluate what pictures they are juts taking. It turns out that kids do not use the screen as much as they do the actual view finder to take pictures, so look for cameras that have two eyes rather than one. And there are two types of memory in these cameras, there is internal memory and there is also external memory like an SD card that you put in. First thing you want to do is check internal memory I case you do not have an SD card for the camera. Internal memory ranges 8 megabytes, 16 megabytes, the more you have, the more pictures the kid will take and I promise you they’re going to fill up the camera pretty quickly. How accessible or inaccessible is the USB port? Some cameras have this little spring loaded device that allows you access but keep the kid from actually getting in there with their little fingers. Some cameras actually require to take off the back which is a total pain. Some of them actually have extra things like games on them which may not be the best thing, I think from a dad’s perspective who is a photographer, I kinda want my kid to actually be out there taking pictures, but for your family, maybe it works. Some cameras have a port where you can plug the camera right in to your TV for instant gratification. The interface is pretty important. Now remember a three year old is using this thing and he or she has never used a camera before, so they are not familiar with things like reviewing pictures or deleting pictures. But the interface on the back, Fisher-Price has really just four basic buttons, you see the Vtech right here has a few extra buttons. But again, kids pick this up pretty quickly. If you don’t have the instant off function, you’re going to waste a lot of batteries. Okay so that is ten things to look for when you’re buying your first camera. This is the camera by Vtech, it is about 30 bucks, this camera by Fisher-Price5, it is about $50.00. one last thing, I was really surprised at how much I started loving the pictures my son was taking. In fact, he is taking one off my favorite pictures of all the time with my daughter who is now two, my son is five so there’s a huge value added to the toy value, it will teach your kid to be creative, you can organize family events around, using the camera, like in photo safari or the best thing, you have great pictures of your family. We’ll see you next week on gear daddy.
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