Digital PhotographyThe recent news of photography giant Kodak’s decision to file for bankruptcy was met with sadness from those who remember the golden years of the company. While critics suggest that Kodak’s downfall was its failure to completely embrace the digital photography revolution, the company deserves recognition for introducing the very first digital camera to the world.

Almost forty years ago, Steven Sasson created Kodak’s first digital camera. It looked more like a small kitchen appliance than the compact models we are used to nowadays! It took its first image in 1975 and the rest, as they say, is history. It is thought that around 2.5 billion people across the world now own a digital camera.

One of the huge benefits of digital photography is that apart from the initial cost of the camera, there is practically no cost involved. In the past, photography was an expensive hobby, with rolls of film and the developing process proving to be costly.

Good quality digital cameras with a range of features can be picked up for a great price nowadays. In an increasingly competitive marketplace, manufacturers need to keep their prices as low as possible.

The fact that digital photography is affordable and accessible to so many, combined with the huge popularity of social networking sites with photo sharing functionality such as Facebook, Twitter and Flickr, public behavior has changed. Nobody bats an eyelid now when somebody starts taking pictures of their drink in a bar, or stops in the street to snap something that grabs their attention. Using a camera phone, people can take a photo at a party, at a concert or in their bedroom and within seconds it can be shared with hundreds of people across the world!

Of course, if you aren’t happy with the picture you’ve taken, you can take another one, and another one, and another…the number of snaps is only limited by your camera or phone battery! This is another huge difference between traditional and digital photography. Using film, those pictures were precious, and photographers were aware that they only had 24 or 36 shots (and had to cross their fingers that they all turned out, as there was no way of knowing this for sure until they were developed).

Because there is no longer any ongoing expense involved with taking pictures, digital cameras for children have become extremely popular. Whether parents want to introduce their toddler to the world of photography with a very basic, durable model, or an older child is keen to start taking their own snaps, there is certainly no shortage of options available.

The key to finding a good camera for kids is to do plenty of research. Knowing what other people have used and recommend (or not) is the most effective way of working out what camera is going to be most suitable for the child you are buying for. Factors to take into account as the age of the child, their photography skills, when and where the camera is mostly likely to be used, and of course your budget.