We purchased the VTech Kidizoom Plus for our sons third birthday as he's been playing with pretend cameras taking pictures of the family, so we thought he might like to do it for real. The camera has had a lot of good reviews and looked pretty rugged so we decided to get it for him.
The camera comes in the dreaded clear plastic, heat-sealed packaging which means you have to go at it with a pair of sharp scissors to get it out. There are instructions and an installation CD also contained within the packaging along with a couple of cables to connect the camera to your PC or TV.
Batteries (4 x AA) are already in the camera so you're ready to switch it on and go once you're done wrestling with the packaging. It's very easy to use, with a simple dial to switch modes (photos, movies, settings, games etc.) lots of buttons to press and a small, but useable LCD panel on the back to see what you're taking a picture of.
The camera has been a big hit since he got it, although he doesn't really get that you can see the picture you're about to take on the back of the camera and uses the viewfinder(s) instead. So far, he's taken a lot of pictures of his own feet and has run through a set of batteries quite quickly, which is probably down to the flash. He loves the simple games that come built into the camera and will happily sit there for ages messing around with it.
As it's only a cheap two megapixel camera it's never going to take amazing high qhality photos, but as a first 'real' camera for a child it's excellent. Hopefully when the nicer weather arrives he'll be able to take some brighter outdoor shots with it.