Cameras for Kids

FRESNO, Calif.

Some kids are real shutterbugs! So when Consumer Reports wanted to check out cameras made specifically for kids, they brought in pint-sized experts.

Consumer Reports gave 30 fun-loving photographers five made-for-kids cameras to try out.

They included ones from Fisher-Price, Crayola and Lego. They cost between $35 and $60. For comparison, testers had the kids use a regular camera as well.

Things got more scientific in the lab. Testers evaluated battery life, which turned out to be pretty good on all the cameras. They also calculated shutter delay - that's how much time you need to wait between pictures. Most had short delays. Testers also assessed picture quality.

"All the kids cameras were two to three megapixels and they use plastic lenses instead of glass, so the picture quality wasn't good. But that's not a top priority for kids anyway," Carol Mangis said.

Most of the tiny testers thought the cameras were easy to use. "This button, it's really easy." "You just press it and then it takes the picture."

Some have special features like graphics you can add to photos on the $50 one from Disney. The $60 Lego camera lets you build onto it for added fun.

"There was really no clear winner because each of the cameras had at least a few fans," Mangis said.

But the $40 V-Tech Kidizoom Camera did produce slightly better photos and it also has games and built-in graphics that you can add to the pictures.

Just like most digital cameras, the cameras designed for kids can be hooked up to a computer so you can edit, print or even share photos.

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