Kidizoom Camera Lets Kids Get Creative

PHOTO The Vtech-Kidizoom Plus Digital Camera is shown.Handout
The Vtech-Kidizoom Plus Digital Camera is shown.

It's always a little scary watching a 4-year-old take pictures with a $300 digital camera. And while kids can probably use it better than most adults, Vtech has figured out that rubberized grips help keep slippery fingers from dropping said camera.

The Kidizoom Plus with built-in flash was made just for those little fingers.

Its chunky grips make it easy for tiny hands to hold on to a 2.0 megapixel camera that snaps photos and records video. Six extra-large buttons and a joystick at the back of the camera help kids choose a mode and scroll through pictures.

Even better, a software-editing program lets young photographers add silly frames and stamps. Want to tack on sunglasses or a pirate's head? No problem. Kids can edit the photos directly from the camera or on a computer.

The program can also distort images to give underwater or kaleidoscope effects. Youngsters can view their creations by peering into the camera or by hooking it up to a TV to proudly display their creations.

The camera can take more than 2,000 digital pictures and record 10 minutes of video. It also comes with five games to further engage creative kids.

It's recommended for kids between 36 months to 7 years old. and requires four AA batteries, which are included.

The camera costs $59.99 and can be purchased directly from Vtech's Web site, or a variety of toys or electronics stores.