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January 14, 2009

Lego Lives: Announcing New Kids Tech Line of Digital Cameras, MP3 Players and More

lego_bionicle.jpgNow if only Lincoln Logs could stay as contemporary... Lego's gone and partnered with Digital Blue to launch a kids tech line this summer. Expect to see Lego-branded digital cameras, MP3 players, video cameras and walkie talkies... with rumors of boom boxes (seems outdated?) and clock radios. Prices should range from $20 to $60 and products are geared for the 7-11 age group. Pictured here is the Bionicle digital camera. We wish you could move the Lego pieces around on these things at least, but all parts are fixed. You could attach a little Lego person to the top. That's about it for customization.

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January 12, 2009

CES 2009: Superzoom and Wi-Fi, the New Digital Camera Trends

With no rest for the weary technology consumer, last week the industry's event CES 2009 took place in Las Vegas with thousands of companies debuting their latest consumer electronics innovations that promise to hit the market this year. So what's up with digital cameras?
kodakZ980_olympus590UZ.jpgWith most point-and-shoots are offering 10- to 14-megapixels, the megapixel wars are over and cameras are being differentiated by new features like superzoom and wi-fi. The most super of the zooms comes from Olympus in the SP-590UZ ($450 available in March) with an incredible 26x optical zoom at a focal length of 26-676mm. Kodak's launching the Z980($400 available in spring) with a 24x optical zoom at a focal length of 26-624mm. The key to success here? An excellent image stabilization feature.
sony_DSCG3.jpgOn the wi-fi front Sony has the most interesting offering with the DSC-G3($500 available now). The camera is the first to feature a built-in web browser and can upload stills and video. So whether you're in a hotspot or at home on your wireless network, not only can you load photos to sites like Shutterfly and YouTube, you can use your camera to display any photos or videos already on the sites.

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December 24, 2008

Olympus Stylus SW 1050 AKA Olympus Stylus Tough Cameras

olympus_1050SW.pngJust so this isn't lost in the shuffle--Olympus rebranded its line of tough cameras (shockproof, waterproof, freezeproof, crushproof) so the name will be changing. No longer the SW Series, but now "Stylus Tough." We covered these cameras earlier and are big fans. If you're an outdoorsman (or chick), busy mom at the mercy of spills and drops, a clumsy fool or you just want a tough camera, definitely take a gander at these. Amazon's got a great selection at $229.

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December 23, 2008

Mobile Photos: The Top 5-megapixel Camera Phones

Camera phones today can really carry some megapixels, and this inevitable merge of personal devices means we just might one day have one device that acts as phone, camera, computer, GPS--you name it. At any rate, we wanted to call out 5 top camera phones--now you just need a digital frame you can email them to! (via PC Magazine)
motorola_motozineZN5.pngMotorola MotoZINE ZN5
$346 (Amazon) / $200-350 (direct)
Fast shutter, good resolution, little distortion, Xenon flash. T-Mobile only.
nokia_N82.pngNokia N82
$200 (Amazon) / $549-750 (list)
Carl Zeiss lens, autofocus, Xenon flash. Available unlocked in USA only to work with AT&T or T-Mobile SIM cards.
nokia_N958gb.pngNokia N95 8GB
$450 (Amazon) / $750 (list)
Builds on the N82 with 8GB internal storage, GPS and media player. Dual-slider design for N-Gage gaming and multimedia playback. Available unlocked in USA only to work with AT&T or T-Mobile SIM cards.
samsung_beholdt919.pngSamsung Behold SGH-T919
$150-400 (Amazon) / $199-399 (direct)
Autofocus, touch screen, works well with T-Mobile's 3G data network. T-Mobile only.
samsung_omniai910.pngSamsung Omnia SCH-i910
$250-600 (Amazon) / $250-497 (list)
Autofocus, 8GB internal storage, minimal shutter lag (0.3 second), captures 640x480 video. Based around Windows Mobile 6.1. Verizon Wireless only.

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December 17, 2008

The Gift of Touch: 2 Great Touch Screen Digital Cameras

You either love a touch screen or hate it, let's face it. There's something nice about being able to tap an icon with your fingertip to change a setting quickly or to be able to select focus area, zoom in or flip through shots. On the con side, interfaces can be slow and you're sucking wind on your battery with every touch. If you go the tactile path, consider these two cameras below.
sony_DSCT700.jpgSony Cybershot DSC-T700 ($360)
3.5-inch LCD, 10-megapixels, 4X optical zoom, image stabilization.
nikon_coolpixS60.jpgNikon Coolpix S60 ($257)
3.5-inch LCD, 10-megapixels, 5X optical zoom, image stabilization.

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December 15, 2008

Star Wars Digital Camera: Fueling the Obsession of American 8-year-olds

sakar_starwarsdigicam.jpgYou have to hand it to Hans, Yoda and the Wookie... no flash in the pan are they! Even a decade after the rerelease of the original films and the new flicks, Star Wars enthusiasm is still strong as ever. If you're hunting down a purple light saber for the Lego folks, try eBay, but if you're just looking for some regular object covered in Star Wars goo, check out this digital camera from Sakar. Comes with 3 changeable faceplates. It's a little hard to get a hold of--Amazonseems to be out of stock and Toys R Us has it for $19.99. Photo editing software included--can do fun stuff like put your kid's head on Yoda's body and make storybooks with templates. Camera holds 93 photos but has no options for memory cards.

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December 10, 2008

The Nikon D3X: Keep Your Pants On

nikon_D3X.pngThis seems like an odd time for a heavy hitter debut like this... nevertheless Nikon has just unveiled its latest pro-level DSLR, the Nikon D3X. How many megapixels, you ask? How about 24.5! Add a couple zeros to that and we're guessing that's the price too... ISO range covers 50 to 6400 and there's a 51-point auto-focus. The 3-inch LCD supports LiveView, shutter lag time is practically nonexistent at 40ms. Camera also features dual memory card slots, which is pretty important when you think about those megapixels. If that's not enough, the body is magnesium and the shutter a Kevlar composite, so this machine is hard to mangle. No word on exact release date or price yet.

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November 26, 2008

Best Digital Cameras for Kids: Say Cheese!

vintageFPkidscam.jpgKids love taking photos. And we've come a long way since the now vintage Fisher Price camera above. Sigh. Digital is great for kids--instant gratification and no costly film development or film to load. Below you'll find 6 excellent camera options for kids--and hopefully they'll leave your precious camera alone once they have one of their own!

fisherprice_kidscam.jpgFisher Price Kid-Tough Digital Camera ($90)Durable and easy for little hands to hold, you can find this camera in blue and pink. 8MB of built-in memory plus SD memory card slot, 1.3-inch LCD preview screen and photo-editing software. Requires 4 AA batteries. Read our previous coverage here. Ages 3-6.

digitalworld_kidscam.jpgUncle Milton Digital World Kids Camera ($80)Again, the stealth child will appreciate this camouflage-styled digital camera. Kids can hang this weather-resistant camera from trees and capture wildlife in action with the time-lapse mode and motion sensor. 32MB of built-in memory plus SD memory card slot and 1-inch LCD preview screen. Requires 4 AA batteries. Ages 8 and up.

vtech_kidscam.jpgVtech Kidzoom Digital Camera ($60)This camera plugs directly into your TV or PC, allowing you to view a slideshow of junior's photos and videos. 16MB of built-in memory plus SD memory card slot, 1.8-inch LCD preview screen and photo-editing software. Requires 4 AA batteries. Available in blue, pink and orange. Ages 3-6.

disneypixclicks.jpgDisney Pix Click 2.0 ($40-50)This camera offers a 1-inch LCD screen for viewing shots and the ability to add images of favorite Disney characters to photos. Available in a variety of Disney themes like Hannah Montana, Tinkerbell, Cars and Pirates of the Caribbbean. Built-in memory holds over 300 photos. Requires 2 AA batteries.

jazz_underwatercam.jpgJazz Underwater Flash Digital Camera ($38)If you've got a water baby on your hands, send him out for a swim with this 1.3-megapixel digital camera. Works in depths up to 9 feet and is equipped with video capability and a flash. 8MB of built-in memory holds 312 photos. Requires 2 AA batteries. Can't wait to see that sea monster!

wildplanet_spycam.jpgDigital Spy Camera ($18)Okay, grown ups might get a kick out of this as well, but now your little recon enthusiast can don these sunglasses and push the secret button to take photos. The picture quality is weak, but it's about the mission not the evidence! Requires 1 AAA battery. Ages 8-12.

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November 19, 2008

Chilly Willy: How to Winterize Your Digital Camera

olympus_1050SW.jpgHeed this post, folks! PC World has been kind enough to write up a great list of dos and don'ts that will preserve your digital camera this winter season. If you're skiing, bumbling around in hockey rinks or just sneaking around in the snowflakes, you'll want to take this advice to heart. For extra protection, you can consider the Olympus 1050 SW ($243), an incredibly durable camera that's good to 14˚F.

1. Keep your batteries and camera warm.
2. Don't breathe on the lenses to clean them.
3. Don't shock your camera into condensation with a big indoor temperature shift.

See the full article from PC World here.

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November 6, 2008

The Best Compact Digital Cameras Under $250

PC World has come up with a 5-camera short list for those of you looking for a compact point-and-shoot under $250. This is a great list, and we're going weigh in--go for the Canon PowerShot SD1100 IS--it's the best of all worlds. Image quality is great, camera is compact and nicely styled and there are some unique features like direct print and high ISO.
canon_A590IS.jpgCanon PowerShot A590 IS ($117)
8-megapixels, 4X optical zoom, image stabilization, face detection, 2.5-inch LCD screen, video/audio capture, AA batteries. Read the full review here.

casio_EXZ150.jpgCasio Exilim EX-Z150 ($158)
8.1-megapixels, 4X optical zoom, 28mm wide angle lens, image stabilization, face detection, 3-inch LCD screen, video/audio capture, rechargeable battery. Drawback: shutter delay. Read the full review here.

pentax_optioA40.pngPentax Optio A40 ($191)
12-megapixels, 3X optical zoom, image stabilization, face detection, 2.5-inch LCD screen, high-quality video/audio capture, rechargeable battery. Drawback: noise in low light. Read the full review here.

canon_SD1100IS.jpgCanon PowerShot SD1100 IS ($160)
8-megapixels, 3X optical zoom, image stabilization, face detection, high ISO, direct-to-printer features, 2.5-inch LCD screen, video/audio capture, rechargeable battery. Read the full review here.

nikon_coolpixS210.jpgNikon Coolpix S210 ($149)
8.1-megapixels, 3X optical zoom, time lapse feature, many scene modes, high ISO, 2.5-inch LCD screen, video/audio capture, rechargeable battery. Drawback: susceptible to shake and blur. Read the full review here.

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