Good Digicam for small kids?
April 11, 2005 10:13 AM   Subscribe

In search of a decent digital camera for my daughter (5 yrs old).

I've found a few on Amazon, but nothing that is quite right (and a lot that look horrible based or reviews). This camera is about the closest hit yet, but it's unavailable. Basically it doesn't need to be hi-res, just needs to be a little rugged, have an LCD screen viewfinder, and a USB connector. I will keep digging online, but thought I'd ask MeFi if anyone else has had luck with this one, thanks.
posted by kokogiak to Shopping (6 answers total)
I'm also looking around for some cheap, digital cameras for my 4-year old. has some nice -1 megapixels for less than $20. I have my eyes on this one, which looks rugged. For that price, I won't kick myself too hard when it breaks.

But, since you'd like an LCD screen viewfinder, you'll have to look around. This all-weather one sounds cool.
posted by icontemplate at 10:23 AM on April 11, 2005

I don't know if this is available yet, but FirstShot seems to be the prefect kiddy cam.
posted by riffola at 10:27 AM on April 11, 2005

We have an old 1.3 mp digital camera that I periodically let my 5-year-old use, and I think really any camera will do, so long is it is cheap and not to small for little hands to get a good grip on. Perhaps an older camera from Ebay? I always remind my son to use the wrist strap, and so far so good. It is a lot of fun to look at the pictures together and see his view of the world!
posted by LarryC at 10:44 AM on April 11, 2005

There was this article on slashdot awhile ago about the Ritz "disposable" digital camera being hacked apart so that you could reuse it. I remembered the article because the point was to make something his child could use.

But, alas, it seems like the actual article is missing now.

I also found this in my quick google search: Cheap Alternatives to Disposable Cameras which links to this very tiny digital camera.
posted by odinsdream at 10:56 AM on April 11, 2005

From time-to-time, Aiptek has great sales during which you can buy cheap cameras for, well, cheap. These aren't top-of-the-line cameras, and I don't know if they yet offer one with an LCD display, but you can pick up a cheap (~$20) camera with lanyard that any kid will love. In fact, I once bought half a dozen for the 4-6 year olds I know (they were on sale for $10/each). Yes, they got broken and lost, but the kids had fun while they had them.
posted by jdroth at 12:32 PM on April 11, 2005

Enigma 1.2MP Digital Camera
posted by Lanark at 1:29 PM on April 11, 2005

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