Yes, fellow photographers. It's the new Barbie camera for kids. How should we judge this newest offering in the cameras for children category?
Is it a valuable digital camera that just happens to be mounted into a Barbie Doll made by Mattel?
Will children be able to develop their digital photography skills with this level of a start-up camera?
Or, is it a Barbie Doll that just happens to have a camera included as one of it's features that kids will have fun playing with? I'm thinking more of the latter than the former.
The directions are easy enough that a technophobic parent like me can get this camera to work. The control buttons are a little small but stick out enough for a grown-up or a child to engage properly. The symbols within the menu on the LCD screen are easy to understand.
Here are the directions on using the camera. Younger children will need a little help with getting the gist of how to get it to work, but it's a very simple toy to use. Watch this short video to get an idea of what I'm talking about.
Here are the symbols and their meanings from the camera's display menu:
Here is the complete instruction manual for the Barbie camera, Instruction Manual.
There isn't too much to report on this one. Normally when I do a review on a camera, I am able to give a list of camera specifications to give the readers of Digital Photo Tips relevant information on a camera or an accessory.
I evaluate the specs, read the reviews from dedicated camera review sites, combine that with my own experiences, state my opinion and then encourage the readers to get a few more opinions on big retail sites like Amazon.
Using one of the main themes of this web site that photography is supposed to be fun, the new barbie camera for kids does make sense as a good buy for the child who has an interest in dolls and a little creativity.
It's recommended for 6-12 year old kids as a guideline and the 6-8 year old range would be the sweet spot on that one, but it all depends on the maturity and personality of the individual child.