Kid Cameras 8/26/11

Published On: Aug 22 2011 01:21:14 PM CDT
Kid Cameras 8/26/11

Some kids are real shutterbugs!

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

Jed, "Cause it's a fun thing to do. Like I can look back on everything."

Izzie, "I feel as if I just see it. I don't think. I capture the moment."

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 dollars. 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."

Most of the tiny testers thought the cameras were easy to use.

Lawrence, "This button, it's really easy."

Tess, "You just press it and then it takes the picture."

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

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

But this 40-dollar 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.