At first, we didn’t know which way to go. Dominic wanted to get her a cheaper Nikon digital camera (his reasoning was sweet but she’d just drop it way too quickly) and I kinda wanted to just get her a Polaroid camera. Both of those didn’t really seem to makes sense to either of us in the long run so I researched and researched for weeks and finally landed on the decision to purchase the Vtech Kidizoom. It had the best reviews, the best features, unbeatable price and it wasn’t an awful hot pink color.
As much as I researched, I couldn’t wait to see the camera in the flesh. Right off the bat, you could tell it was very durable, which is perfect for toddler hands, but my biggest concern was obviously the quality. I was insanely eager to upload her pictures onto my computer to see how they’d come out!
When Olivia first opened the camera, she was so excited. She took pictures like crazy almost immediately!
Here’s what the pictures looked like directly off of her camera:
I can’t lie, at first I was a little disappointed. The quality is a bit poor but Dominic brought me right back to reality to remind me that this is, in fact, a toddler camera. And he’s right, shutter speed isn’t that quick so if she moves right after she clicks the button (which of course she does), the photo will come out blurry. The lighting really is what you see is what you get and obviously there’s no flash.
Something that’s cool about this camera though is the fun editing options they have. Olivia figured out how to add borders and hats and thinks it’s all very hilarious. There are also games that would probably appeal more to an older child but she does attempt to play them every once in a while.
All in all, for the price, it’s not a bad first camera. I was shamelessly comparing it to the iPhone camera and that’s obviously not fair. Of course the iPhone camera is better, but you can’t drop it a thousand times and get the same results. With the Vtech Kidizoon, you can do just that. She uses the camera a lot, which is a sign that she really loves it, but we still let her also take pictures with our iPhones/iPads and I ordered film for my Polaroid and I’m curious to see how she reacts to that. A photographer needs variety, you know.
And the most important thing out of all of this: her first selfie on her new camera, sans front facing camera.
That has to count for something ;)