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If you’ve been looking to buy your child a digital camera for Christmas or as a birthday present, or simply to get them started in the world of photography, then you’d be forgiven for thinking a kids digital camera would be a good idea. Here we’ll have a look at whats on offer, and offer some helpful advise along the way.

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Toy Story 3 Buzz Lightyear – Read our review – 2 megapixel digital camera with big handles, a built in flash, made for kids, it takes four AA batteries and lets you put Toy Story characters on your pictures from the film, such as Buzz Lightyear, Woody, Wendy and the others. View sample photos and videos from the camera in the review. Available for around £45 from Amazon UK.

Lego Digital Camera – Read our review – (Camera made by Blue) features a 3 megapixel sensor, 1.5″ screen, and flash. The camera has a built in rechargeable battery that charges through a USB cable – and 128mb 32mb of built in memory that will store upto 80 photos, although our testing found it was more like 65 – 75 photos, and there is no video mode available. The camera is available for £39 from Amazon UK.

VTech Toy Story 3 Buzz Lightyear Digital Camera
Amazon UK are selling the new VTech Toy Story 3 Buzz Lightyear Digital Camera for £39 (with case, or less without) – it’s a 2 megapixel digital camera made for kids, and features a 2x digital zoom, TV and PC connection, ultra tough casing, built in xenon flash, stores up to 500 photos on the camera with 256 MB of storage, and has SD card slot for memory expansion. It takes 4 x AA batteries (batteries not included), has a 1.8-inch TFT colour LCD screen, and can record up to 8 minutes of video (at 320×240, 15fps with mono sound). There’s also a “VTech Disney Princess Camera” version available in pink.

VTech Toy Story 3 Buzz Lightyear Digital Camera

“Take photos and videos with Buzz, Woody and all your Toy Story friends on this 3 in 1 camera! Store up to 500 photos and have fun editing the images and adding Toy Story themed frames, stamps and effects. Features easy to use controls, viewfinder, flash and a colour LCD screen, 2x digital zoom and built-in photo editor. Expandable memory with SD card (sold separately). Includes carry strap, CD-Rom and cables to link to PC and TV.” 3 in 1 refers to Photo mode, Video mode, and built in Photo editor.

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Panasonic GH2 with 3D Lens
Yesterday saw the beginning of Photokina 2010, the largest photographic show in the world, hosted in Cologne, Germany. Whilst most new cameras have been announced over the last few weeks, there were still a number of new cameras announced at the show which we were able to have a look at, including the new Panasonic Lumix GH2 Digital SLR (shown above with 3D lens), Pentax K-5, Pentax K-r, plus more, we were a little trigger happy, and have taken over 300 photos for you to look at! Click through to see some of the highlights, and make sure you click more to see even more highlights:

New Cameras and lenses: (Highlights)
Fujifilm FinePix X100 Prototype Hands On, new Rangefinder
Panasonic Lumix GH2 DSLR and new lenses, the 14mm, and 12.5mm 3D lens
Sigma SD1 DSLR Prototype, 15.3mp x 3 Foveon sensor
Nikon D7000 DSLR, 16.2mp CMOS sensor, 3″ screen (921k pixels)
Olympus E-5 DSLR, with 12-60mm lens, and my 35mm Macro lens.
Pentax K-r DSLR, plus new 18-135mm lens, and 55-300mm, also available in pink
Pentax K-5 DSLR, with 18-55mm lens.
Olympus Zuiko Lens Concept
Leica M9 Titanium – Limited edition (500 units)
Leica D-Lux 5, the Leica version of the Panasonic Lumix LX5
Leica V-Lux-2 Superzoom, the Leica version of the Panasonic Lumix FZ100
Leica X1 Black Edition
Minox PX3D Concept, uses 4 x 5mp cameras, see www.minox-px.com
Minox DSC Silver – new metal finish
Samsung NX100 with 20-50mm iFunction lens, optional flash, and 20mm iFunction lens
Casio H20G Hybrid GPS,
Casio Exilim ZR10, Z2300, Z16
Canon Powershot SX30 IS
Canon Powershot G12
Canon Powershot S95
Nikon Coolpix P7000
Ricoh GXR with new ~28mm lens
GE X-5 “Darth Vader” White Edition

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Pentax E90 Front
We’ve reviewed the new Pentax Optio E90 – a budget compact camera that features a 10 megapixel sensor, 3x optical zoom lens, 2.7″ screen, face detection, VGA 30fps video mode, rubberised grip, and takes AA batteries. The Pentax Optio E90 is available for £49 from Amazon UK, in black or red.

Pentax intro: “Combining a 10.1 megapixels sensor to a high performance PENTAX zoom lens, the Optio E90 delivers high-quality images with sharp details and faithfull color reproduction. The Optio E90 features a wide-angle 3x zoom lens equivalent to 32-96mm in 35mm format, allowing you to handle landscapes as well as group shots in a confined space. The high resolution 2.7” LCD screen (230.000 dots) offers absolute convenience not only to view captured images but also to make camera settings. The Optio E90’s exterior has been treated with a smooth rubber coating, and the right side of the front panel forms a grip for a firm and comfortable hold of the camera.”

Read our Pentax Optio E90 Review
View our Pentax Optio E90 Sample Photo Gallery.

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Lego Camera

The Lego Digital Blue Camera features a 3 megapixel sensor, 1.5″ screen, and flash. The camera has a built in rechargeable battery that charges through a USB cable – and 128mb of built in memory that will store upto 80 photos, although our testing found it was more like 65 – 75 photos, and there is no video mode available. The camera is available for £39 from Amazon UK

“Now all the fun of LEGO bricks is engineered into a real digital camera. The LEGO digital camera looks like it is built completely from LEGO bricks, but it can’t be taken apart*. LEGO bricks can be added to the top or bottom of the camera, so kids can integrate it into their buildings and creations. But this is no toy; it’s a full functioning 3 Megapixel digital camera, featuring a color 1.5” LCD screen. Let your imagination go wild!”

Click to continue reading the LegoCam Review.

Specs / Features:
Take “high quality” photos with the built-in flash, fixed focus and digital zoom
The camera holds up to 80 photos at a time
Resolution: 3 Megapixels
Display: 1.5″ Color LCD Screen
Zoom: 4X Digital Zoom
Memory and Storage: 128MB 32mb Internal Memory (corrected on the packaging)
Output: USB
Focus: Fixed
Power Source: Internal rechargable Lithium-Ion battery (550mAh v3.7v)
Unit Dimensions: 4″ L x 2.5″ H x 1.5″ W
Lego Dimensions: 12 lego dots length, 3 lego dots wide, by 6 lego bricks high.

Box contents: Digital Camera, 3 LEGO Bricks, USB Cable (charges camera), Quick-Start Guide

Lego Camera

The controls on the camera are very straightforward and easy to use, there’s an on/off switch, a shutter button, and four buttons on the back, the up button switches the flash off and on, the side buttons switch from photo mode to playback mode and let you scroll through the photos and the down button lets you delete photos. A three year old would find it easy to use this camera, and can easily work out how to switch it on, take photos, and view photos on the camera.

Lego Camera

The pictures look quite poor on the screen, and look worse on a computer. Flash photos are often washed out / over exposed and there is a lot of red-eye. It looks like a toy camera, and the pictures look like typical toy-camera photos. There’s lots of lens-flare when you take photos into the sun.

Lego Camera

Image quality is quite poor – but the camera is quite good fun for kids. It’s even more fun if your children enjoy lego as they can build on to it. Unfortunately it doesn’t seem to last very long, as ours broke after a around a month of letting the kids play with it. Kids will enjoy the camera, whereas adults will most likely be disappointed with the photo quality.

Lego Camera

You could buy a second hand 2 or 3 megapixel camera such as the Fujifilm FinePix A202 and get MUCH better image quality at a fraction of the price. I normally recommend real cameras over camera phones, but most camera phones are likely to have better image quality than this camera, however, it’s not really about the quality, it’s about the Lego. And Lego is what you get – although you can’t take it apart.

* The camera lego is glued onto the camera, and inside or rather underneath there is a plastic camera – I guess it wouldn’t be a very good idea to let children take the camera apart when there are powerful flash capacitors in there that could cause a serious shock! There is a reset switch on the side next to the USB socket, and an internal beeper for the occassional times that it feels like beeping. A front LED lets you know when the camera is thinking.

Lego Camera

There is no macro mode, and the lens is fixed focus, meaning it has acceptable focus from around 15cm to infinity, although I wouldn’t say that pictures are especially sharp, and don’t appear to offer any better resolution than a decent 2mp camera. Subjects also need to be around 1 metre away from the camera when using flash.

However saying all of this – the camera looks great – and always gets a reaction. Kids love it, and often most adults love it. So as long as you don’t care about the photo quality you can actually have some fun with this camera, and it might make a great “disposable” digital camera.

Lego Camera £39 at Amazon UK
Lego Digital Camera – Classic by Digital Blue (Digital Blue Website)
View our Lego Camera 3mp Sample Photo Gallery

BigShot Camera

BigShotCamera.org has made a new prototype digital camera for kids – it’s available in multiple colours, and is designed to be built and used by kids. The Bigshot camera has an LED flash, wind up power charging, and a rotating lens that allows normal, panoramic and 3D photos! (shown below) Although designed for kids, I’m sure it would appeal to adults, if it were available.

BigShot Lens

“A camera designed for kids can be much more than just a toy: it can serve as a powerful educational medium. We believe that such an educational camera must have a radically different design from that of a typical consumer camera. (a) It should be designed as a kit for assembly by students. The assembly process should not only demystify the workings of the camera, but also expose students to various science and engineering concepts. (b) It should include features that cannot be found in other cameras, allowing students to explore new creative dimensions. (c) It should be low-cost, with the potential to serve as the basis for a scalable social venture. Bigshot has been designed with these goals in mind.”

More links: Engadget, Make, Wired, TheRecord, Gizmodo

Lego Camera Blue

Amazon UK are now selling the Lego Digital Blue 3mp camera – it features a built-in flash, fixed focus, digital zoom, holds up to 80 photos at a time (with 128MB Internal Memory), 3 Megapixels sensor, 1.5″ Color LCD Screen, 4X Digital Zoom, USB port, and Internal rechargable Lithium-Ion battery. The camera is available for pre-order for £59 and is due to be released on the 27th of October, just don’t tell your kids!

“Digital Blue introduces today’s youth to a world of technology, innovation, design and fun. As a leading developer of interactive youth electronics and software, we provide high-quality, affordable products for kids and teens. Digital Blue’s innovative consumer electronics are used by millions of kids and teens worldwide each day.

Now all the fun of LEGO bricks is engineered into a real digital camera. The LEGO digital camera looks like it is built completely from LEGO bricks, but it can’t be taken apart. LEGO bricks can be added to the top or bottom of the camera, so kids can integrate it into their buildings and creations. But this is no toy; it’s a full functioning 3 Megapixel digital camera, featuring a color 1.5” LCD screen. Let your imagination go wild!”

Lego CameraGizmodo have posted details of the new Lego camera (pictured), which would make a great kids digital camera, unfortunately you don’t get to make it yourself, but it does look pretty neat. Specs and features are so far unknown. More details at Kids Tech Review

Kodak C613Photodoto have written an excellent guide on introducing your children to photography. They suggest starting off with an older 2 megapixel camera and seeing how it goes from there, if they like it, then move on to a better camera, such as the Kodak Easyshare C613 or C713 (£49 at Amazon).

“Don’t rush out and buy a new camera for your child’s first attempt. You’ve probably got an old camera somewhere, it doesn’t matter if it’s a film camera or an early digital camera with 2 MP, as long as it works it’ll do. If your child shows interest for more than a week or so then the chances are a new camera just for him will be used and appreciated.”

My only concern with this is the the extending lens could be easily damaged, and while the Olympus 1030SW would survive rough treatment, it’s price is a little too much for small kids. Are there any new cameras available that don’t have an extending lens, but are still budget friendly?