So you want to introduce your kids to technology but don't want them sorting through your iPhone parts or macbook parts? If this is the case it might be a good idea to introduce them to the world of photography. Or perhaps your looking for a new camera that won't become obsolete within a few years, months or weeks. This article should help you navigate your way through the changing waters of digital photography, and land you on safe shores with what you want for the price you're willing to pay.
For children, it is probably not a good idea to let them use your high priced, 12 megapixel camera. For them, the camera will be a toy that may be easily damaged and expensive to repair. There are a few companies that offer affordable and tough cameras that are great for introducing children to the idea of photography. Fisher Price has a model that is good for preschoolers and kids that are younger. It has bright colors, big buttons, and a super durable exterior that makes it fun and less fragile. It comes with a small review window, and can be connected to a computer with a USB wire. Another option is the Polaroid Pixie, which also comes in bright colors, but sports a larger grip and boasts many games that are built into the camera itself. It too has an LCD review screen to help introduce kids to the idea of reviewing pictures on a digital camera. Vtech makes yet another option, the Kidzoom. This camera has a good grip to avoid being dropped, can be connected to either a computer or to a TV, and has a few games as well as many editing options to get your kids used to and interested in the way digital photographs can be edited on more advanced programs like Photoshop.
If you're a digital camera owner, you have probably had the experience of doing hours of research, talking to friends and experts, looking at reviews and prices, stats and figures. You intelligently decide on a good camera only to return to the store a few weeks later to find that the a better, faster model is available for less than your new, but now obsolete model. The best advice if this happens to you is to get the very best camera you can afford on your budget. Cameras are always going to improve. It is better to be as happy as possible with your purchase than to regret that you didn't wait. Things to consider are focal length, optical zoom, shutter speed, image enhancement via sensors, battery life, etc.
One option is buying a high end professional grade camera and taking a long time to familiarize yourself with it. If you do this make sure you will be using all the features you pay for. A lot of photography isn't in the picture it's in what the picture is of. Great pictures require the right light and the right composition.