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+ - Geek-Friendly Video Cameras for Young Children

Submitted by Alaren
Alaren (682568) writes "My daughter, almost 7 years old, is fascinated by YouTube and has declared that she wants a video camera. This strikes me as an opportunity to teach about videography and video technology and to show her that computers do more than just play games. Unfortunately, most tech review sites don't deal in technology aimed at children, and most sites that do are uninformative SEO sewage bobbing through the intertubes. I was intrigued by the announced Lego camcorder but it does not appear to have reached production. The Discovery Kids line of video cameras looked promising, but reviews (especially of the software) are in short supply. Most of the other brands I've found are clearly aimed at helping kids feel like they're using a video camera without providing the functionality I want: reasonable quality (VGA or better), expandable storage (like an SD card), easy YouTube uploading, and some straightforward software for trimming and merging video files (and, maybe, audio tracks). Part of me thinks what I'm really looking for is a Flip, but of course with children durability is an added concern, and I'd like to minimize adult interference where possible. So, Slashdot, help me finish my Christmas shopping early: what experience do you have with child-friendly video equipment and software? What brands do you recommend? Or should I just buy the grown-up version and a pack of stickers?"

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