09 Dec Holiday Gift Idea, Round One
Since it’s that time of year when we are all scurrying around trying to figure out what to get for out kids, I thought it was a great time to post some ideas for your little photographers. Actually, I only have one camera I am reviewing today for The Parent Blogger Network but hey, one is better than none, right?
Discovery Kids is offering what they are calling the Slide and Shoot Digital Camera. It looks more like a little cell phone than a camera which is probably why my daughter is wild for it. She has yet to get her own phone so anything that even looks like a phone is cool with her. The other plus is the slide feature that gives the camera a spy gadget sensibility. Yet another design perk. My daughter has been taking it everywhere with her, hidden in her purse and pulling it out kamikaze style– shooting pix of everyone and everything in her path–the hockey rink, her sister brushing her teeth, the shrimp scampi. I think it makes her feel sneaky. And the LCD screen is cool! Small but efficient enough so that you know what you are shooting (no holding up to eye necessary) which is ideal for a stealthy photo spy. Needless to say, it’s been a hit.
Now, as far as the nuts and bolts go, it produces the kind of low rez images you would expect from a tiny toy camera. Even the highest resolution setting will only give you an image that will print to 4X6 (barely). I’m not complaining really, I mean, I can’t imagine we would want to print anything larger than that anyway. Plus, the upside to the small size is that they are easily shared via email or, um, in a blog post. Ahem.
So, what about the quality of the images? They look great when taken in ideal light situations. By ideal I mean bright light. It’s when you’re shooting indoors (low light) that you’re going to get lots of grain. But like I said over at Picture This this morning, I don’t really mind grain much. Especially for play pix. Still, I know some people aren’t that forgiving but keep in mind, when you shoot in low light settings you’re going to get more grain (or noise) with almost any digital camera. The cheaper the camera, usually the worse it can be so I’m not sure I would use that in a case against this particular camera.