Just for fun, I was recently looking for the cheapest cameras on Amazon and found the colorful model pictured above.that Appearance It does what most children's cameras can do at a fraction of the cost. At the time of writing, it costs an incredible $9.99 in the US and £14.99 in the UK.
This is the latest in a regular series of articles where we test very inexpensive gadgets to see if they're worth even the small price tag. Read all about it here.
It has an average rating of 3.8 stars, but we all know by now that reviews posted on online megastores should be taken with a grain of salt. That said, this off-brand, low-cost snapper can take his 5MP photos and Full HD video, and he also has a 2.4-inch screen, an 800mAh rechargeable battery (charged via micro USB), and he can play 5 games. You can play. A 32GB micro SD card is also included, all for less than $10 / £15. What do you have to lose?
When I clicked the purchase button on this stocking stuffer, it arrived quickly with free next day delivery using my Amazon Prime membership. The fun began… “Kids! I got something in the mail, come check it out.”
It's cheap but is it good?
Cheap gear can sometimes exceed your expectations. That's exactly why TechRadar is running this $20 challenge series. Let me say from the outset that many of the more expensive options in our guide to the best cameras for kids, such as the MyFirst Camera 3, cost close to $100, but he's 10 times better than this camcorder-style snapper. Not that there are.
In fact, ignoring the fancy looks and product marketing that comes with expensive branded children's cameras, they are often not technically equivalent to their cheaper competitors. Most cameras use the same inexpensively manufactured image sensors commonly used in surveillance cameras, top-of-the-line bird feeding cameras, and children's cameras. Is that the case here too?
I explained to the children that I wanted their honest opinions and explored their first impressions. What was their reaction? “It's okay.” Anyone who speaks my child's language will know. got it This is far from supportive.
Before taking the photo, I realized that the flip-out screen was not touch sensitive. The screen not responding to touch is typical of children under 10 years of age. Mind you, I would never expect a sub-$10 camera to have a touchscreen, so this isn't a problem.
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Their next observation is that the screen is fixed in a flip-up position, does not rotate when taking selfies, and only has a front-facing lens. They have previously tried his MyFirst Camera 3, which has a rear camera for selfies. The buttons are also placed on the side of the screen, making them easier to find. If you want to take a selfie with this camera, you'll be doing it blindly.
Once you get over the fact that you have to operate the camera using clunky buttons, it's time to start taking photos. Since we were the only ones inside and it was night, the picture quality was terrible. I think I'll wait until sunset and go out in the garden. Just to be clear, other children's cameras I've used have suffered from the same pitfalls in low light.
Later in the week, when we go for a drive, we pack our cameras and take a photo or two at some beautiful local spots. The image quality in bright areas is also similar. The lens is soft and has a very limited dynamic range, resulting in blown highlights and dark shadows.
There are games, but is that a good thing?
My kids realized that the images they saw on the screen didn't do justice to what was in front of them (or the quality I got from my old smartphone), and they quickly added 6 filter effects and 3 I ran out of two modes (it turns out the modes are filter effects, including mirrors, and the sub-$10 snapper is in danger of becoming a forgotten gadget. That means there's a game Until I realized that.
Now, I caused a slight misunderstanding regarding the story. The game icon was basically their first discovery, and they were asked to see what games were on it before taking photos or videos. For this feature, I quickly brought them back into the orbit of photographic art.
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There are five puzzle games, all controlled by clunky buttons (remember, the screen is not touch sensitive). I noticed that my 7-year-old son has been playing a classic Tetris-era game almost every night for a week instead of going to bed. To her, this wasn't a camera, it was a handheld game console.
And that's even more unfortunate. She used the camera a lot not because she could take great pictures with it or because she had fun taking pictures, but because she had a game to play. I didn't expect it to be her go-anywhere camera, but still.
More to the point, if I want to get my kids into photography, I'm likely to use a camera that costs nothing and is inherently good quality.
|nameless kids camera
|$9.99 / £14.99 / AU$18 approx.
|1x optical, 4x digital
|2.4 inch flip out LCD
|800mAh – up to 4 hours
|Micro SD card (32GB card included)
|Micro USB (power only)
|5 puzzle games, photo filters and effects
What's better than cheap? Of course it's free!
I have three children under the age of 11. In addition to the variety of cameras I own, including those I visit at homes as part of my job as a camera editor at TechRadar, there are children's cameras, the best compact his camera, cheap cameras, beginner cameras, and more. there is. , mirrorless cameras, digital single-lens reflex cameras, etc. The most used and most comfortable to use are smartphones.
That's not surprising. Therefore, a smartphone is potentially a better option than buying a dedicated camera, no matter how cheap, and will hold your attention for the longest time. At the risk of contradicting myself as a proponent of dedicated cameras over smartphones when it comes to their impact on mental health, I'm only talking about the camera itself, and all the apps and games that come with it, as well as the internet. I'm not talking about it.
I have an old Google Pixel 3a, no apps, no SIM card, no data. For kids, it's just a camera with a front and rear camera, and some clever math to improve low-light image quality and soften the background. Portrait. There is also a camera app with a shooting mode that allows you to easily view and enjoy photos together.
I've long since switched from that phone to a modern phone, so technically my old phone is free to them, and they use it more for photos and videos than a cheap kid's camera. is likely to be used.
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The sub-$10/£15 kids camera in question here exceeded my expectations. Even if its screen and all-around usability are a huge disappointment, it does what most children's cameras do at a fraction of the cost. But it still cost something. The throwaway culture has an environmental cost, even though you could have just recycled your old phone if you bought it new.
If you're not sold on the idea of giving your kids an old cell phone, this low-cost camcorder compact is ridiculously cheap and the perfect stocking stuffer. Just don't expect it to hold their attention for long.