LeapFrog Epic - A Camera For The Kids

Stuart Fawcett has a look at the LeapFrog EPIC - a Kids Tablet with easy to use camera.

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So you want to get your child into photography, but your child wants to copy what everyone else is doing as well as your photography. Big sis has got her smartphone, Dad's on the PC and Mum's got the camera so what do you get your little one - perhaps a dual camera tablet such as the Leapfrog Epic? Something for everyone and also educational games for the little one.

So what do you get out of the box? Well, two 2Mp cameras for a start; the main rear facing camera is a traditional tablet camera and the front facing one great for selfies. JPEG images produced are 1200 x 1600 pixels and the Exif on the 2nd image below shows f/2.8, 1/707th, ISO 67

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(Some 'Epic' garden shots of a big statue, a small statue, a spinning windmill and a ceramic owl).

 

The camera is fully auto and will handle the available light with its own internal shutter speed adjustments, so they can focus instead on composition and framing. That said, the kids can get some blur with fast moving items and panning may be an option in some situations.

But let's face it, most of the time, the fun with a camera for kids is the playing back the images and the videos - yes the next Stephen Spielberg might well be playing with an 'Epic' now - slight pun intended.

As this is a tablet with a touch-sensitive screen and free photo and video editing apps, there will be none of the discussions about when a shot is processed or not, most of them will probably get processed in some way.

A favourite at the moment is animals with human faces, or even a snowman. Here is my son in a variety of guises that show colour toning, image replacement, liquify pinching and ripple effects.

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There are a few built-in apps for photo editing and as this new 'Epic' device is built on the Android platform, more will likely become available as LeapFrog approves new child-friendly apps.

There are, of course, loads of other apps for spelling, maths, art etc. and a few pure games too - loads to keep them interested whilst still sharing in family activities. Its rubber case helps keep it safe and parent locks on the times that can be spent on different categories of games help ensure that it's not all just games. An overall device timer is also built in, and multiple profiles can be set up - though without passwords - you rely on them only choosing theirs' and not their sibling's profile. Once they do go to sleep you can enter your parent code and browse the web like normal to catch up on your own areas of interest.

Personally, I really like this and see it being a useful addition to childhood learning with plenty of trusted apps to grow the device's usefulness as the child grows up.

The LeapFrog brand has friendly staff and a number of tablet models also including the LeapPad Platinum as shown below at the recent Digital Winter consumer electronics show held in London. The Digital Seasons exhibitions look to directly bring manufacturers to journalists, bloggers and technical writers to demonstrate their offerings.

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To see more about the Epic here.

See more about Digital seasons.

Words and pictures by Stuart Fawcett (JackAllTog) for ePhotozine.

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