Everyone loves online video clips, like those at YouTube and Vimeo, and among the most ardent fans are teenagers. And teens aren’t just into watching clips from video cameras, but also creating them. Looking for a great gift for a teenager? Think about a videocam.
Of course, now you need to decide what model, and here’s where things get a bit tricky. Is an easy-to-use model the best thing? Or maybe something more advanced, for those teenagers looking to produce full-blown short films rather than hilarious clips of their friends’ hijinks. After all, some kids may just want to document a weekend adventure at a buddy’s college or university, while others may want to craft an entire documentary on the matter. Still others may think it’s time to experiment with stop-motion animation and other special effects.
Here’s our guide to the three best video cameras for kids.
- Flip Ultra HD
Flip is known for its simple, easy-to-use video cameras, and the Flip Ultra HD provides 8 gigabytes of storage and lets you record four hours of video. What’s more, you’re able to customize it with eye-popping, colorful designs—an awesome way to turn it into a personalized gift. If you think your teenager needs a videocam with top-notch HD quality, this is an excellent choice.
- Apple iPod touch
An iPod, as your kid’s video camera? Yes, it makes perfect sense. With the iPod touch, your kid will not only have access to the gadget’s video camera, but also to lots of apps, including apps for create awesome-looking videos with cool effects. It’s pretty much a machine for creative expression. Your teen can go wild with it.
- Sony HDR-CX110 High Definition Handycam Camcorder
If your teenager wants to test the limits of her moviemaking potential, then consider a full-fledged camcorder, like this one from Sony. Capable of capturing 1920 x 1080 full HD video and 3.0 Megapixel images, the HDR-CX110 includes a CMOS sensor for low-light shots and a Carl Zeiss zoom lens. Great for action shots and lots more.