Nikon develops a grown up digital camera for kids

first_imgBuying a camera for your kids to play with can be quite an expensive affair. When I was a kid there were disposable film cameras widely available that offered up decent shots for very little investment. And if the camera broke, it was no great loss because you could usually save the roll of film.But now digital cameras are the norm, and even the kid’s versions can be fairly expensive, or offer kid-features, which means your child soon grows out of the camera and wants something “better,” meaning more like dad’s camera.Nikon may have come up with the perfect solution by developing a digital camera aimed at kids, but with a grown up spec, look, and feature set. Purely viewed for its ability to capture images, the Nikon Coolpix S30 offers up 10.1 megapixels, a 3x optical zoom, built-in flash, SD card slot, ISO 1600, and a focal distance of 29.1-87.3mm. In other words, any member of the family would be happy to use it for holiday shots, and here’s some sample shots to prove it.The reason you won’t mind leaving it in the care of your kids is due to the fact it is water resistant up to 3 meters, can survive a drop of 80cm without damage, doesn’t mind dust, and is symmetrical making it very easy to hold in small hands. There’s also no complex shot modifications and only 3 large buttons to deal with (on/off, record, and shutter), so they really can just point and shoot.Shaky hands aren’t a problem either. The S30 has facial recognition (up to 12 faces), a “camera shake correction function, ” and a motion sensor that can adjust the shutter speed to get a better shot. If you want to label an image you can leave a voice note, and there is the ability to record 720p video with it too. The only advanced feature the child has to figure out is an Album designer, but then a parent can always get involved to help.As for the price, it’s $150. If you consider the S30 will produce images good enough for most situations, that is likely to be a good investment for a family camera as long as your child lets you borrow it to take some photos every so often.More at Nikon (translated), via Tech-On!last_img

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