Fisher-Price Kid Tough Digital Camera
It's never too early to get your kids into photography, and Fisher-Price realizes that fact. The Fisher-Price Kid Tough Digital Camera is an extremely durable, superbly simple, toy VGA camera that can get even the smallest carpet shark taking snapshots.
It's important to note that this toy camera is far more a toy than a camera. Its large, colorful body and rubber grips make it look like a cross between a portable game system and a pillow. Shots can be framed with either the camera's tiny, 1-inch LCD, or with the twin viewfinders, which can be looked through like a pair of binoculars. It takes four AA batteries, which find their home behind a screwed-in plate at the bottom of the camera. The plate also hides the SD card slot, a surprising and pleasant feature on such a simple toy. The screws keeping the plate secure make changing batteries a pain, but at least they keep kids from popping open their camera and discovering a small, easily swallowed memory card. However, the camera is unexpectedly heavy, weighing almost 14 ounces with batteries and card.
With its meager VGA resolution and only five buttons, the Kid Tough Digital Camera was clearly designed just for little kids. Large, colorful buttons turn the camera on and off, delete photos, review old photos, and take pictures. Kids should be warned to stay away from the big red delete button, or at least warned of its significance, but otherwise they'll be running around taking photos in no time.
Bright colors go hand in hand with loud sounds, and the Kid Tough Digital Camera has plenty of both. Cartoonish sound effects accompany every action, from flipping through pictures to shooting photos to turning the camera on and off. Unfortunately, the sounds can't be turned off, so parents who buy it should be prepared for the noise.