Review: Kid Tough Digital Camera by Fisher-Price

My daughter began taking pictures with moderate success a couple months ago, shortly after her second birthday. She has been using adult compact digital cameras.

Marketing photo, front and back, of a pink Kid Tough Digital CameraAfter I wrote a post, Digital Photography for a Two-Year-Old, a reader alerted me to a new digital camera for children. The idea of a kid-friendly camera offering instant gratification with an LCD screen was too much to pass up. I bought. My daughter played. I tested. There is a lot to love and hate about Fisher-Price’s Kid Tough Digital Camera.


You press a power button next to the 1.3 inch LCD screen, grab the camera’s two big rubber handle grips, put your eyes up to two viewfinder windows, frame your shot, and click the shutter button with your right index finger. Your picture appears on the LCD. That’s it.

The camera stores about 60 images in 8MB internal memory. Additional storage is possible via an SD memory card slot. While changing out the AA batteries, a tiny pen-type
battery retains images stored in the 8MB internal memory so that they
are not lost.

The camera comes with PhotoShow Deluxe image management software, though I did not use it. I just plugged in the USB cord and copied the images to
my desktop.


  1. The camera’s design is superb. The camera is rated for 3-year-olds, but my 26-month-old daughter was taking pictures in seconds. The handle grips are perfectly placed. Snapping pictures is fast enough for a kid, with a shutter sound to tell the child the picture was captured. The photo displays on the LCD for a few seconds and then disappears with a beep.
  2. The camera is auto-everything, including its flash. A child only has to point and shoot.
  3. Pictures are easily reviewed with two arrow buttons next to the LCD screen, along with a delete button. My daughter doesn’t use these controls yet, though for a brief period she enjoyed hitting the delete button.
  4. The USB port for downloading images is behind a sliding tab, a design I wish would replace the rubber end caps on my adult cameras.
  5. A wrist strap is built into the base.
  6. The camera’s sturdy design accommodates drops, dings and bangs, or so I assume. That’s one of the camera’s selling points.


  1. The picture quality is very poor. The image resolution is a lowly 640×480 pixels. When my daughter captures images, they are significantly distorted, even when using the flash. Camera shake is an issue for her, but even when I capture images they are very soft. Some of the focus issue is likely due to the camera’s fixed lens (it’s sort of like using a disposable camera). Our indoor pictures were especially grainy and dark, even with the flash, unless taken next to a window (though I realize now I didn’t include really bad ones in my samples below). Outdoor images suffered from severely blown highlights (bright or shiny objects become white).
  2. My daughter’s photos (click to see unedited originals):
    Thumbnail of toddler photo #1. Click to see unedited original.

    Thumbnail of toddler photo #2. Click to see unedited original.

    Thumbnail of toddler photo #3. Click to see unedited original.

    Thumbnail of toddler photo #4. Click to see unedited original.

    Thumbnail of toddler photo #5. Click to see unedited original.

    Thumbnail of toddler photo #6. Click to see unedited original.

    P.S. If you’re wondering why I never mentioned my Italian greyhound before, it’s because the folks pictured are friends.
    My photos (click to see unedited originals):

    Thumbnail of adult photo #1. Click to see unedited original.

    Thumbnail of adult photo #2. Click to see unedited original.

    Thumbnail of adult photo #3. Click to see unedited original.

    Thumbnail of adult photo #4. Click to see unedited original.

    Thumbnail of adult photo #5. Click to see unedited original.

    Thumbnail of adult photo #6. Click to see unedited original.
  3. The LCD playback display is low quality. You can discern outlines and major features, but it is very grainy and I found it unusable outdoors.
  4. The camera uses 4 AA batteries in a compartment secured with two screws. It’s a shame the camera doesn’t have a battery which is rechargeable from within the camera. At the very least, the battery compartment should be made child-proof without screws. Who wants to pack a screwdriver for a day at the beach?


Fisher-Price dramatically misunderstood its customers. My daughter would be happy with a non-functional toy camera that beeps. For a $70 toy camera, the real customers to satisfy are the parents.

The promise of digital photography is its ability to empower novices to
take good pictures by just pointing and shooting. It’s so easy a
toddler can do it, and so a toddler’s photos should look just as good. I want at least 50 percent of shots my daughter takes to be technically fit, even if she’s aiming at our cat’s butt.

Parents who would pay $70 for a kid camera would pay $100 for a vastly improved one. A fanatic like me would pay $200 or even $300 for a rechargeable-in-camera battery, improved focus and color, anti-shake technology and higher resolution output.

I want to hang my daughter’s pictures in my home. I want to show them off and encourage her interest in the art form. Unfortunately, this camera is a poor solution, with images printable at 4"x6" at most, and even then, not so nice. We’ve had the camera for a week and I waffle every day as to whether I’m going to return it to the store. I’m confident my daughter could master the controls of an adult compact digital camera within the year.

Am I too harsh? Would the average parent be happy with fuzzy, dark or off-color images? Yes, if Amazon reviews of these blue and pink cameras are any indication. For the first edition of this camera, I suppose it’s not too bad. My daughter was just born too early.

Buying note: Despite my review, some of you will say, "Hey, that’s still a cool camera!" So, be aware I found Target brick ‘n’ mortar stores selling a red edition of the camera (unlike pink and blue versions I see online) and packaged it with a bonus 32 MB SD card to compliment the camera’s internal memory, all for the same $70 price tag.


65 Responses to “Review: Kid Tough Digital Camera by Fisher-Price”

  1. Rookie Mom Heather says:

    Thanks for the review. I wonder if there is a decent “cage” that you could get for a regular adult camera that would be worth trying. My little ipod has a squishy yellow and black case that seems like I could drop it off a building and it would be ok. Have you seen anything like that?

    September 26th, 2006 at 8:51 am

  2. Kathy says:

    Thanks for the review. I don’t think you are too harsh at all. I want to be able to save some of my childrens pics also. If I am going to pay 70 for a camera, I would at least like the pics to be good.

    October 9th, 2006 at 6:35 pm

  3. Robyn says:

    Maybe black and white prints from a memory card will do better? I will try that before returning the camera to the store. Thanks for the review and the samples.

    October 10th, 2006 at 12:51 pm

  4. Pete says:

    Interesting review. My daughter’s 4th birthday is coming up and she’s very interested in taking pictures. She wants to use my SLR, but it’s just a weee bit too heavy for her right now.

    We’ve been thinking of getting her this camera, but from everything I’ve read, it sounds like FP got something (for the most part) that kids can easily work and use, but forgot about the actual picture side of things. We’re also looking at the new Disney line of cameras, but I’d like to see reviews of them first too.

    She might be young, but that doesn’t mean that her pictures won’t mean anything to us, so why should we settle for the crappy quality?

    A final option might be to let the Canon S400 we recently replaced become her camera. It’s small and easy for her to hold. More importantly, she’s already used it and we know that its picture quality is pretty good. I just wish we could get some squishy case for it as RMH mentioned above. I think that’d be the final bit we’d need to feel comfortable with her using the S400.

    October 13th, 2006 at 4:39 am

  5. Lisa says:

    I am glad i read the reviews before i bought one. We were going to get my youngest daughter one. I think we will do like we did for are oldest we bought her a older digital off ebay for $30.00.

    October 14th, 2006 at 4:53 pm

  6. Anonymous says:

    Thanks for the review. I also think the quality should be good. My twin daughters are 5, and they use my camera well, but I am nervous they will drop it. We have an old Kodak 1 MP digital that we let them use for now, but I think we’ll invest in a nicer one in the future.

    October 31st, 2006 at 7:55 pm

  7. Anonymous says:

    Thanks for the review. My 3 year old loves taking pictures with my digital camera and we were going to get him this one for Chirstmas. However I found a different one in a catalog for much cheaper. It stated that the images would be good quality for online viewing and didn’t mention the print capability. I was worried about getting the cheaper one, but now I think that is the one I will go with.


    November 1st, 2006 at 12:35 pm

  8. Anonymous says:

    Can I ask the reviewer that found one in a catalog what camera it was? or what catalog?

    November 2nd, 2006 at 10:20 am

  9. Lisa Williams says:

    I have been looking at these cameras as well for my 3 year old girl. She loves to line people up for pictures. She also has very poor vision. So I am wondering about the quality of the screen on this. Jury is still out. But if anyone is really looking they are selling at our local wal mart for $54 instead of the $70 listed on line.

    November 5th, 2006 at 6:40 pm

  10. Dani says:

    Thank you so much for this article…i was debating on whether or not to get this for my 3- year old daughter for x-mas…she loves using my digital camera, but she always drops it….after reading your article, i decided that i dont want to pay 60 bucks for a poor quality camera. …………..To the person who found the digital camera in a catalog, can you please tell me as well what catalog it was? Thanks to both of you!

    November 8th, 2006 at 8:49 pm

  11. misty says:

    I cant thank you enough for the information. I have 3 children and they are all asking for this camera. Now I think I will shop alittle more before buying this for them. Thank you both for the test run information!!

    November 11th, 2006 at 9:45 am

  12. Mom of 2 says:

    I am thrilled for such a honest review with photos to accompany the review. I was just looking on ebay at purchasing 2 of these cameras for my 3 year old and my 6 year old but now I am rethinking that Christmas item! I am thinking that with my supervision as I have in the past they can use my very expensive digital camera and learn to use it correctly and acheive great photos! I am sure that if I purchase this camera that my 6 year old would me more than disappointed in the photos! THANK YOU GREATLY!

    November 15th, 2006 at 11:00 am

  13. melissa bryant says:

    Does anyone know where I can get a driver for the fisher price kid tough digital camera? I have contacted fisher – price and they state the driver is on the cd, but tried that, it is not there. Does anyone know where I can get it? or what driver I can use in its place? This will be used to download pics from the camera to the pc for printing/saving. Having a problem.

    November 16th, 2006 at 7:13 am

  14. Joe Fabritz says:

    At $70, I don’t feel bad about giving this to my son to play with versus giving him a $120 camera that if he drops it once, could crack the LCD display, break the lens, split open the case, etc. – all in the name of better photo quality.

    It is about him having fun with it, saying ‘cheese’, taking pictures of the cat and dog, while acting like Mommy and Daddy who take ‘serious’ pictures with their DSLR.

    If my son continues to show interest in photography as he gets older, I will then trust him with more expensive equipment. Just remember that this is a TOY, not a serious camera, and it will all come into perspective.

    November 20th, 2006 at 1:07 pm

  15. Mrs. Leo says:

    Thank you very much for listing the pros and cons AND showing actual pictures taken with the camera.

    My children love to take pictures – not only for the clicking purpose. But to actually SEE what they have taken. How disappointed they would be to see all, if not most, of their pictures come out “fuzzy”! For this reason, we will refrain from purchasing the kid tough cameras and let our children use the old digital we have.

    It’s a good concept, but FP needs to look into their print quality as well as their online quality.

    Thanks again for the thorough review!

    November 26th, 2006 at 7:45 am

  16. TJ says:

    I read the reviews. But then relized that this is a toy camera that takes real toddler pictures. People don’t seem to have a problem paying $400 for a fake life size pony. I just don’t know what the big deal is over a $70 camera. My 24mo old daughter can operate this camera, she may take a few fuzzy pictures but she loves them and we love them. The pictures that I took seem to be perfect in the center then fade out to fuzzy. My sister just spent $300 for one of those kind of lens to attach to her camera to get that affect. lol

    December 6th, 2006 at 9:45 am

  17. amy stockton says:

    I agree with the few on here. This is a toy. For $54-$70. Could you really expect this high tech piece of equipment that your local photographer would get…No. The whole point behind this camera is that your child be able to operate it and not break it when he/she throws it down the basement steps. I have no problem buying this for my child. People spend $100′s of dolaaras on a camera phone that takes the exact same kind of pictures that these cameras take. And to think, we are adults buying these “toys” for ourselves.
    I don’t know about other moms, but I am not willing to pay $300 for a durable camera for my 2 or 3 year old. That is insane. I will spend this little amount and be happy that my child is enjoying the art of photography. If he/she decides when they are older that they want to take pictures as a hobby or career, then I will gladly pay $300 for a camera. Until then I will watch my $54 get bounced off the walls, thrown down the steps and then stuffed in a drawer for months on end. I think it was well spent.

    December 9th, 2006 at 6:05 am

  18. Janean says:

    Of course it’s a toy, but even an expensive pony does what it’s supposed to do. This is a camera that’s supposed to take photos. Look at the results, those aren’t photos. They’re fuzzy washed-out colors. The reviewer is completely right — if my daughter wanted that, she’d play with her little NON-WORKING toy camera. Instead she wants to use MY camera and take REAL photographs, so we can display them in our house and on the web. Find an older-model Sony or other type of camera, put a soft thick NECK strap on it to prevent drops (you’re playing with them, right?), turn on the flash and let them go for it. Only with real photos can you see from their perspective. And that’s worth the $30 extra you put into a real camera.

    December 11th, 2006 at 1:25 pm

  19. Kerry says:

    Thank you for you fair review complete with photos. My 3 1/2 year old has been using an old 1.3MP Kodak we had laying around the house. Recently the camera battery compartment broke (not my daughter’s fault – just the age of the camera) so we are looking for a replacement just for her.

    I was looking into this camera but was concerned about the fixed lens and the picture quality. Also with the price of these camera’s currently about $90 (if you can find one this Christmas – they are being advertised for $140 on ebay which is totally insane) I instead purchased a Canon A410 (3.2MP). This is a proper camera but it only cost $120. I say “only” as I am still worried about the thought of spending $120 on a proper camera for a 3 1/2 year old – one that might get dropped etc.

    Because of this worry I was thinking about returning this camera and waiting until my daughter’s birthday in April to get this camera for a more reasonable ($54) price, as the old Kodak still works and takes a lot better photos than this Fisher Price.

    Still your review has convinced me that this is not the right thing to do. While this may be a toy I would still expect a reasonable photo and this thing clearly can not do one. My daughter likes to see her photography on the computer. She would be disappointed it the meager 640×480 resolution did not fill the screen.

    What I think is needed in a children’s camera is:

    Tough construction
    Auto Flash
    No zoom
    Autofocus – not fixed focus
    Auto everything
    At min 2MP, preferably 3Mb as this gives enough room to crop images (ala digital zoom)
    A decent 1.3in display
    Simple icon driven menu
    Decent lens – after all a crummy lens will produce crummy picture irrespective of the resolution
    Auto lens cover (standard on most point and shoots these days) to keep sticky fingers off the lens.

    Anybody make one of these?

    December 11th, 2006 at 8:54 pm

  20. Searching Mom says:

    Oh my goodness, I am so happy I found this site and read your reviews on this camera. I was ready to spend whatever it took on ebay just to get it for christmas but now that I realize its not all its cracked up to be… ill wait until its available in the stores again. My daughter has a PAZ camera from discovery that takes pictures and takes great pictures, but physical picutes, not digital. This camera is very kid friendly though with two handels on each side and to view for a picture, it has two lenses, just like binoculars. This way she doesnt have to close one eye. Ill stick with this for now.

    December 12th, 2006 at 9:29 am

  21. sue says:

    My daughter loves taking and reviewing pictures on my camera but she’s dropped it so many times it is now in for repair. I was planning to get her the Fisher Price one for Christmas but am now wondering if anyone has found a better option?

    December 14th, 2006 at 8:08 pm

  22. karen says:

    Thank you for your review. I needed to know those things and I agree with the other reviews. Your pictures are very helpful. I have been going to all the Targets, Toys r us and Wal-Mart’s in hopes of finding two. So far I have had no luck. After reading your review I will take a pass and get a different type of camera(toy) that I had my eye on. I have two boys 2 & 5 who will put a working on a real camera therefore a toy camera works better for us. Thanks again!

    December 19th, 2006 at 10:28 pm

  23. Robert says:

    I did purchase one of these (the Red Target version with 32mb sd card) for my 28mo old son for Christmas. I took it out of the box to get it set up (install batteries and memory card) and make sure it was in working order.

    Some things that I noticed that bug me:
    1) The picture quality isn’t that great, but I knew that going in. I think that they will be “good enough”, at least for now.

    2) When I used the dual viewfinder, I found that the image being captured was significantly different composition wise. (about 2 th 3 inches lower at about 3 feet away) not sure if this will be a problem for my son. (Not as much of an issue if you use the lcd viewfinder.)

    3) The image on the LCD is also low quality, but again I think it will be good enough.

    3) The sliding cover for the USB port is a nice idea, but it interferes a bit with getting the cable seated properly. (If your computer is having trouble seeing the camera when its it plugged in – double check that the cable is connected securely)

    4) According to the EXIF data this is a “SQ Tech. Co.,Ltd SQ907B EZ-Cam” and the internal clock is set incorrectly. (photo taken on December 19 was time stamped April 25) I’ve yet to find a way to adjust either of these properties.

    Even with these issues, I still think that my son will enjoy taking pictures with his very own camera. And I will enjoy not being worried about him dropping mine. :)

    December 22nd, 2006 at 9:37 am

  24. Ed says:

    Anyone else having problems with their camera? It freezes mid picture and then the only way to fix it is to take the battery cover off for 5 seconds. Then it will take a picture then all of the sudden shut off. When you turn it back on all the stored pictures are gone. This camera just got used for the first time tonight – and yes I correctly installed the circular battery. Anyone?

    December 24th, 2006 at 8:23 pm

  25. rhonda saunder says:

    camera will not take any pictures. was working then just blocked off. please assist.

    December 26th, 2006 at 4:38 am

  26. VA says:

    Camera was great for my 3 year old …BUT it worked for 5 minutes literally, now none of the buttons work and the camera doesn’t even turn on. Several NEW sets of batteries were installed to help troubleshoot, but that did not work.
    Anyone else have same problem?

    December 26th, 2006 at 11:02 am

  27. Matt Binks says:

    Thanks for the review. My daughter (3 1/2) got one for Christmas. The pictures are terrible. The indoor one’s are dark (even with flash) and almost every one of them is blurry). The battery cover is a real issue as she burns batteries like no other. Figuring a set is worth 60-80 pics, this could last a day or two at the most. We have an Olympus point and shoot and she was using it with great success. At the end of the day she needed to learn to push the shutter button and set the camera to auto (focus, flash, exposure), things any kid could do with practice. For the time being I would recommend staying away from the FP digital and look for a tough adult camera. sells a “beginner” camera that is affordable and takes reasonable good pics. Teach your kids to be gentle and they should be fine.

    December 26th, 2006 at 3:37 pm

  28. Michael Perfetto says:

    I bought one of the red cameras from Target with the 32 MB SD card for my 3 year-old son. The picture quality is about what you can expect from a cellphone camera. My son was able to operate it right away. It is very simple to use. The viewfinder is off. My son kept cutting off everybody’s head in the pictures. The LCD screen is more accurate, but I find that my son prefers to use the viewfinder, so I just instruct him to point the camera up a bit. The only real problem I have so far is with the 32MB SD card that came with the camera. After just a few uses, the camera locked up. I got an icon on the screen of an SD card with a lock on it. I figured out that the write protection tab was a little loose and flimsy. Apparently the camera is detecting that it is in the lock mode. After firmly sliding the tab back down, and replacing the cover, the camera resumed working. I have gone through this same procedure several times in the last few days. I am thinking about testing the camera with a different SD card, taping the lock tab in place, or just removing the SD card completely and using the internal memory. I might even try to taking the camera back and exchanging it. Maybe I just got a lemon SD card. Overall, I am happy with the camera, and my son really enjoys it, too!

    December 27th, 2006 at 8:49 am

  29. angie stark says:

    I baught this camera for my 3 1/2 year old son after 4 months of him begging me and asking Santa for it. When asked what he wanted for Christmas all he says is A CAMERA! he saw the commercial and has wanted it ever since. I am a photographer so he always likes taking pictures.
    HOWVER….now that I spent the $60 for this at Walmart, i have NEVER been so disapointed nd outraged at such a POOR QUALITY and expensive toy! My son runs around the house taking pictures of the cat, the dog, toys, etc. It may be fun to TAKE the pictures, but it would be nice if you could actually SEE the pictures afterwards! theyre competly black if not blurred and distorted beyond recognition. The flash hardly ever works, it says it comes on when needed but it only comes on if there is NO light at ALL in the room. And even when the flash does work, it might as well not. I give this camera a big red F and wish I spent my money on a cheap real digital camera for him to drop and break.

    December 27th, 2006 at 3:28 pm

  30. marty says:

    thank you SOOO much for this review and esp. for the sample pics.

    i was so upset that I couldn’t find one of these for my son who is 4.5 years old for christmas.

    my neice who is 3.5 got one for christmas and i was a bit jealous for my son that he didn’t get his.

    this review totally makes me feel great about it now and perhaps i will buy a “real” camera for him instead. $60 is a good price for a lower end camera and i’m sure he’ll love it.

    December 27th, 2006 at 3:32 pm

  31. Sue Ellen says:

    I bought one of these for my 3 1/2 yr old daughter for Christmas but took it out of the box and couldn’t even get the darn thing to turn on. (Yes, we installed all of the batteries correctly.) I took it back to the store today and have been advised that they are sold out and don’t know when they will be getting another supply. All of the other locations were sold out, as well as other distributors.

    After reading this review and all of the comments, I’m seriously reconsidering buying this camera. Why spend that much to get such a poor quality of photos? I know it’s just a “toy” but shouldn’t we expect a bit more?

    Thanks everyone for all of your input. It makes this decision just a little bit easier.

    December 27th, 2006 at 8:34 pm

  32. Sergio says:

    Thank you for all the comments. My vote…Not to purchase this camera. I have been looking at the new Disney Pix cameras, there is a Click model that has a 1″ LCD screen, built in auto flash and takes 200 pictures (and comes in different Disney character styles – I have three boys and they want the Cars version). The price is great at $49.95. They have a Max version that has 1.5 LCD and 3MP for just $79.99. I am considering the Click for my 5 year old. Has anyone had any experience with this camera?

    December 28th, 2006 at 7:59 am

  33. Chris says:

    Seems like Fisher Price spent more time and effort on the design aesthetics of this camera and not enough on the electronics. My daughter fell in love with the product and quickly filled the 60-shot internal memory with photo’s while we were on vacation. However, the camera refused to recognize three different SD memory cards I inserted to extend the memory capacity. So her camera had to be left in the hotel room, and my camera found a new home around her neck. Second problem arose once we got home and I tried to download the photo’s from the internal memory using the bundled software that came with the camera. To our horror, each one was corrupted in some form or another – either coloured horizontal lines across the entire frame, or a coloured wash over the photo. FP is passing the buck over to the software company – but would be curious to hear if anyone else has encountered and solved a similar problem.

    December 28th, 2006 at 3:37 pm

  34. Jeff Huntington says:

    If anyone is having problems with the camera locking up with the number 50 on the screen, call Fisher Price. They told me that there is an problem with some cameras when using an SD card. You can remove the SD card and it will work fine. They will send you a replacement camera that will work with your SD card. After dealing with many different companies, I have to say that Fisher Price has been the best one in the customer service department. P.S. My 2 and 4 year old daughters love this camera and could care less that the pictures are not high quality.

    December 29th, 2006 at 8:14 am

  35. Cheryl Hofmann says:

    Realistically; the camera was $58 at the local WalMart. It was a fair price, but knowing what I know now, I wouldn’t have paid out any more than that for the camera. With another $42 dollars for a recharger/rechargable batteries and again $15 for a 128mb SD card, it was still a pricy gift. At this time, I have no regrets about the total price or the quality. I bought this camera for my 6 yr old globally delayed grandson b/c he isn’t able to operate any other electronics successfully w/o full adult supervision. For this use, the camera is suitable. The viewfinder is made for use by both eyes instead of one.
    It has it’s problems, but they are my problems, not my grandsons. He loves taking pictures. It’s the first piece of electronics that he can operate w/ success and satisfaction.
    The camera locked up Christmas night (complete w/ a padlock icon that the instruction book doesn’t acknowledge.) After a couple hours rest, it mysteriously unlocked and the icon disappeared. BTW, the instruction book does say: “do not drop camera on a hard surface, keep water, sand and dirt off the camera.” The software won’t import the pictures. The first time I tried to use it, I became discouraged and just abandoned the software. I ended up moving them from the USB drive to a folder. Since then, my pc hasn’t acknowledged the USB drive and all pix are stuck in the camera until I go buy an SD card reader. Oh joy, isn’t that going to be fun…unscrewing and downloading everytime the camera gets full.
    The picture quality isn’t much different from what you have already been shown above. Some of the photos are pink, some are clear, some are black and some are fuzzy. There seems to be some wait time after using flash; so expect some dark pix to follow. Grandson isn’t interested in the technical stuff, just the point, shoot and giggle part. It was a well-received gift and he has used it every day since Christmas. pictures. I can see that Fisher Price, as well as other companies have lots of opportunity to improve the product, but I have faith they will. My grandson is very happy w/ his camera; it was worth it.

    December 29th, 2006 at 12:39 pm

  36. Pam says:

    Thank you so much for the review & the examples. My stubborn 3.5 year old is FINALLY potty training with great success. We discussed a “reward” & he really wanted a camera like his daycare buddy – the FP digital camera. Obviously around the holidays this has been impossible to find. I’m glad now that I couldn’t find it. However, I’m now hoping to find some reviews etc. on some affordable, fairly durable options. My son already has an old camera of mine for play. If he’s going to take pics, I’d like them to be half way decent. Thanks again.

    December 31st, 2006 at 6:14 pm

  37. Jenn says:

    I am having the EXACT problem as ED mentioned, my camera will freeze and I will need to take out the batteries to unfreeze it, my son will take pics and the camera will just turn off WHENEVER it feels like the flash doesn’t always come on and the most annoying problem is ALL of my sons pics delete on their own….Every store I take it too is Sold out so I can’t even return it. My son does like the camera but it NEVER works.

    January 4th, 2007 at 5:40 am

  38. dw - texas says:

    Many thanks for this review – but found this too late bought one anyway… completly agree with this review.. We would return to walmart, but we trashed the box on christmas.

    Good news is we called the FP 800 number and talked with a rep who will send a voucher good for a different $70 FP toy in exchange for this toy. will probably look into the disney pix mentioned above…

    thanks again

    January 4th, 2007 at 2:10 pm

  39. Todd -- Iowa says:

    I have to agree with everything said in the original review. The photos are blurry unless he is holding absolutely still (a rarity). I got a Disney Mix camera for an older child, and I wish that I had gotten the same thing for my son.

    That being said, my son absolutely adores this camera. We have had none of the technical problems mentioned in subsequent reviews, and my son fills the camera up almost daily. I have not tried it with an SD card as of yet, and I’m simply moving the pictures off the camera without using the included software.

    I can’t say it is worth the money, but he does love the camera and it has taken a few hits already.


    January 8th, 2007 at 6:16 am

  40. Kelly says:

    We purchased our camera from Target and it is now saying that it is locked. Thanks to the person who posted it as the memory card that came with it that was locked. I don’t think I would have figured that out.

    My son got this camera for Christmas, he is almost 3 and loves it. The pictures he takes with it are horrible though. If he or I use the viewfinder, the picture being taken is actually lower then what you see in the view finder. We have a lot of pictures with peoples heads cut off. The flash hardly works indoors.

    January 11th, 2007 at 7:15 am

  41. Kenny says:

    For those having trouble with the USB drive showing up – be absolutely sure it is plugged ALL THE WAY IN to the jack – otherwise it will not show up!

    No, pictures are not high quality – does my 4 year old care? Not in the least. He is so happy running around taking pics, and I am helping him by mentioning things like, “try to hold the camera very still” and “don’t get so close to the subject” etc. His composition has improved dramtically! Use this camera to teach your kids about the important aspects of photography – but don’t expect high quality output from the camera. On the other hand – try to find a camera so kid friendly, well built, and easy to use at the same price point.


    January 14th, 2007 at 2:00 pm

  42. Mike says:

    Thanks for the comments, folks.
    I popped on the ‘net to see if the FP is any good, and this excellent and well-researched review came up #1 on Google.
    I’ve decided we won’t be forking out $ for the FP. Sure it might be just a ‘toy’ but in kid’s eyes the thrilling thing is that it’s a ‘real’ camera that’s supposed to take ‘real’ photos… and anything that chops off people’s heads is going to sorely disappoint our little photographers.
    Add to that all the technical woes, and it gets the decisive thumbs-down.
    All in all, the consensus seems to be “Great concept, poor execution”.
    I hope that Fisher-Price are reading all this and taking it to heart; MkII should be what we’re looking for.

    January 14th, 2007 at 3:59 pm

  43. Chantal says:

    Wow, am I glad I found this site. My daughter is thrilled with her camera however I’m having huge difficulties and hoping that someone might be able to help.

    When I plug in the USB cord, the camera recognizes the cord is connected, the LCD screen shows USB. My problem is my computer is not recognizing that the USB is plugged in. I first thought it was my computer however when I use the same USB port with my own camera, no problem. I thought it was the USB cord, Fisher Price sent another one, I still have the same problem. USB cords are plugged in all the way.

    Any thoughts or ideas would be greatly appreciated!


    January 16th, 2007 at 4:35 pm

  44. Antonio says:

    I too am having a problem with my camera and the lock up issue. I’ve seen the number 50 and 56 on the screen. You are unable to turn off the camera and must remove the battery cover. Thanks Chris for your posting. I will call tomorrow for a replacement camera. I sure wish Fisher Price would be up front with problems like this and POST THEM ON THEIR WEBSITE. I would save us the hassle of googling the whole internet to find the solution.

    January 17th, 2007 at 7:25 pm

  45. Daniel says:

    I too am glad I found this site. I was really thinking about buying this as a birthday present for my very soon to be 5 year old. She uses our Canon A630 all the time and can easily use the zoom and the LCD to take pictures. She also understands a bad quality photo from a good. She would not have been happy. Instead I just picked up a used fuji finepix 1.3 which sadly has a higher rez than the FP model! It cost me $15 and she can take good enough care not to break it. Maybe FP will do their homework a little better in the future and make the photo portion to the same standard as the case.

    January 31st, 2007 at 9:48 am

  46. Monica says:

    We bought this camera for both of our children. The picture quality is not so great, but they were happy playing with…that is until our daughters just stopped working one day. I’m trying to contanct the company, but I guess I’ll need to keep trying to call the number listed on their site until someone actually answers. We changed the batteries (a couple of times). At first the screen went blank, now it won’t even turn on. And I believed them when they said it was kid tough! It is not! My daughter lost all her pictures of her puppy and is very upset about it…

    February 15th, 2007 at 9:33 pm

  47. Jennifer says:

    I also bought this camera for christmas, only mine never worked out of the box. All the battery componates were installed backwards in my camera, I had 5 differnet cameras back to fisher price. I am not a happy camera owner. This gift never even made it under the tree. Still looking for a good kids camera if anyone has any suggestions.

    February 20th, 2007 at 6:08 pm

  48. John says:

    Has anyone made any progress in getting this thing to connect via the USB cable? The camera is definitely making a connection on both ends since its screen is showing a little “USB” message but the PC isn’t recognizing it. The USB port itself works fine with every other thing I’ve connected to it so it’s got to be a driver related problem.


    February 20th, 2007 at 7:32 pm

  49. Keith says:

    Pathetic… mattel website has no real contact info… I aint ringing international rates to talk to a person who knows nothing…. The xupplied drivers DO NOT WORK with Windows Vista – despite all reference material says Windows 98 or Windows 2000 and Greater !!! It depends where you look… No updates, no contact, no information, not happy

    February 21st, 2007 at 8:23 pm

  50. Chantal says:

    I finally got in contact with the company who have advised me to send the camera back to their company with an email that was sent to me. It is thought that the actual USB port on the camera is the problem!! Who knows. I just want it fixed!!!

    February 22nd, 2007 at 7:02 pm

  51. Josephine says:

    Thanks for the review… My son will be three just before Christmas and LOVES to take pics with my camera… and now I need a new one, lol. I was going to have Santa bring us both one for Christmas and was looking at this one for him. After seeing your photos and hearing your opinion, I must say that I am not going to buy one. I do realize that it is a toy however it is not an inexpensive one, and I would like to get my moneys worth out of it. If he is disappointed in the quality of the pics and won’t use it, and still goes after mine then what is the point? As for those of you parents out there who are letting your toddlers use yours, I suggest you follow in my footsteps and get yourself the new Olympus 1030 SW, your kid can drop it, swim with it, stand on it and nothing is going to happen to it, and it takes great photos/video. It is waterproof to 33 ft, can withstand weight of 225lbs, and drops from 12 feet high, and it is 10MP Just a thought, spend a little more (about $350.00)and get a camera everyone can use including your toddlers!

    November 23rd, 2008 at 3:21 pm

  52. John says:

    If you like the idea of a camera that takes the abuse from your toddler and also takes good pictures, consider doing a little research of older cameras and buying a used one on Ebay. For instance, the Canon Elph series, which has been around for several years now, has a metal case and is relatively sturdy compared to most other digital cameras. A 2 or 3 megapixel Elph can be found for about $30 on Ebay. It may be a little more complicated to use than the FP mentioned in the review, but if you insist on good picture quality, it may be your best bet.

    Josephine also makes a good point about the shockproof/waterproof cameras. I also have one of these and it’s nice to know that I can hand it off to the kids (mine are 6, 5, and 2) without having to worry about them breaking it. I will say, however, that my 2 year old needs help taking pictures with it.

    December 1st, 2008 at 9:42 am

  53. Kate says:

    This is a very accurate review. I bought this camera for my son last Christmas (he was 3 1/2 then). It is a fun camera to use, but the picture quality is poor and it doesn’t hold many pictures. There is also supposed to be additional functionality if you plug it into your computer, but my computer (brand new) won’t recognize the camera.
    the point about the screws was perfect – within 3 weeks one of the screws was missing, so now we have to hold the camera together with tape and it shuts off at inopportune times!
    For those who like the “indestructible” quality of this camera, my goddaughter received the V-Tech version of this camera last Christmas, and they speak very highly of it. The picture quality is much better and their’s is still one one piece!

    December 7th, 2008 at 5:40 am

  54. jacki says:

    Well what a disappointment. The camera display is so white and grainy you can barely see what is on it. We followed all the instructions ands then when downloaded to our compute still poor quality. It is headed back to Meijers tomorrow for our money back and I;ll get her a cheap Disney camera I saw in the clearance bin.

    December 25th, 2008 at 5:28 am

  55. Renata Simpson says:

    I exchanged the camera twice and both time it was not working the battery was not charging.

    FINALLY, I exchanged it to vtech kidizoom camera, which has much better quality of the pictures, additionally it has a movies ability and many more. It is fantastic, my 5 year old daughter has lots of fun with it and pictures are very good quality. Do not buy Kid Tough Digital Camera by Fisher-Price waste of many, the other is much better.

    December 28th, 2008 at 1:40 pm

  56. Terry M. Pumphrey says:

    The Good: It’s a durable and waterproof box.

    The bad: Pictures are very poor and the camera can eat batteries in 10 minutes, batteries are not the big issue but explaining to your toddler that the camera doen’t work soon after he/she starts to play with it get old. Don’t buy! Get a point and shoot on ebay that can recharge for cheap.

    December 30th, 2008 at 3:03 pm

  57. Dan says:

    My 4 year old has one she got last year from her aunt for christmas. She likes it but I have a few complaints:

    - needs special drivers for downloading the pics. Would have been nice to have it Just Work like most other digital cameras.

    - picture quality is terrible.

    That same Christmas, my sister-in-law was going to get this same camera for my then 6-year old (just turning 7). I bought him a $100 nikon coolpix instead of the $70 fisher price. He’s taken care of it and still takes lots of pictures that look great. So I’d say by the time they’re 5 or 6 and know enough to not just purposely toss it on the floor, spend a little extra and get a *huge* increase in quality.

    I would really love to see a version of this camera with improved firmware and improved picture quality. But my guess is that if/when that happens my 4 year old will be getting close to where I can let her use a real camera anyway.


    January 5th, 2009 at 9:44 am

  58. Daniel Apgar says:

    we got this camera, the blue one, for our son for christmas this year. he loves it. and for a three year old, it’s fine for him. the pictures aren’t the best but what do you expect from a 50 dollar camera. part of the fun is just seeing what he’s shooting. when he’s older he can get a better camera. people shouldn’t expect a kids camera to take superb pictures. it’s not going to happen, and anyone who says they will spend 200-300 on a good kids tough camera is crazy. kids need cameras that will take the abuse. they aren’t publishing them in a magazine.

    January 18th, 2009 at 12:28 pm

  59. David says:

    I actually like looking at the pictures taken on this camera. My wife does children’s programs at her business (mostly 3-6 yr olds) and will have the camera out occasionally for the kids to use.
    It is fun to see what they have taken pictures of. I even ended up putting a gallery of them online at

    It has taken some heavy abuse for over two years now and still works fine. While the pictures aren’t perfect, the camera should be judged for what it is-just a toy. I don’t think she paid over $50 for it.

    To hear parents say they want a high res expensive camera so their toddlers can take great pictures is kind of sad. At that age they should just be having fun, not being taught how to compose pictures. Out of the hundreds of children that have used my wife’s camera I don’t recall hearing of any of them complaining about the picture quality, the lcd screen quality or anything else about the camera.

    February 20th, 2009 at 5:27 am

  60. Wendy says:

    I wish I found this site before Christmas. I did not do my homework before we bought the camera figuring it was Fisher Price it would be good. What a joke! A waste of hard earned money! The pictures are very poor even taken by an adult. The batteries run out so fast it is not worth it to keep using it. It has cost more in batteries than the $70 to buy it in the first place. Is there anywhere to complain to Fisher Price or does is even matter? Suck up the $70 I guess and move on. Will definately think twice the next time.

    March 5th, 2009 at 12:07 am

  61. Roxana Cobbs says:

    My daughter just turned 3, and she has been obsessed with taking photos. I got her the camera yesterday and as happy as she was, I was very disappointed. This camera eats the batteries within a few minutes!!! I would end up spending as much money on batteries weekly as I spent on buying the camera. It’s too bad because I was looking forward to her having her own camera and not using my cell phone or my digital camera to take photos of her shoes, the door and the chair…Please, make this camera with better battery durabilty!!! =-)

    April 17th, 2009 at 7:59 am

  62. Stephanie says:

    This camera sucks i’m gonna go get a real digital camera. The tough part is right but the pics aren’t even worth saving cause they are blurry distorted and u can’t even tell what they are

    June 8th, 2009 at 5:41 pm

  63. mary says:

    I personally think they built it for durabilaty,and durable it is.she has droped it many times,still works.people its a camera for kids and i really don’t think a three or four year old needs anything more.Its to get them interested and that has certainly worked for my grandaughter.I’m happy

    June 11th, 2009 at 12:39 pm

  64. Tammi says:

    Does anyone know who the discovery kids camera (very similar to fisher price as far as being same size and built to be drop/break resistant) compares to this Fisher Price one? I have been torn in deciding whether to buy a camera for this christmas or wait since my grand daughter is only 2. Any thoughts of knowledge of the discovery kids camera would be appreciated.

    November 30th, 2009 at 9:31 pm

  65. Michael says:

    Really easy to use, my 4 year old son was using it straight away, taking pictures, browsing through the pictures and deleting the ones he didn’t want with ease. However, the picture quality is terrible, distorted and blurred images. I certainly wouldn’t want to print one and frame it for display. In my opinion, this camera is a blatant rip-off. A Vivitar 5Mp camera can be purchased for literally half the price which would produce superior quality pictures, but of course probably wouldn’t survive too many drops onto a hard surface, which is the main reason why I bought the Fisher-Price one. I just don’t think it costs an extra £45 to enclose a cheap quality inferior camera costing £5 into a chunky ruberized case!

    February 1st, 2010 at 4:22 pm

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