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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 14, 2008

PictureSnob's 2008 Holiday Gift Guide

It's the advice you've been waiting for! There's plenty to choose from on the digital photography front this year, from digital picture frames, cameras and software to photo printers, scanners and gift cards for photo services. Since many a wallet is feeling the pinch this year, we're organizing everything by price and giving you plenty of low cost options. Amazon usually has the best price on goods, and if you can get it with free shipping you'll be well off avoiding traffic, parking and the painful retail holiday soundtracks.

Over $500: Platinum Santa
Smartparts 32-inch Digital Picture Frame ($750): If size is important to you, how does 32 inches sound? This enormous frame is equipped with wifi and classy wooden styling. Read our post.

Nikon D300 ($1,495): Professional quality DSLR leaves no pixel unturned. You won't believe the image quality, especially paired with Nikon's glorious lenses.

Canon Rebel XTi ($522): A great entry-level DSLR makes for easy use with all the megapixels and controls you could want... even if you just want to shoot on Auto and be able to swap out lenses. Read our post.

Epson Stylus Photo R2400 ($710): Professional quality photo printer with 9 individual ink cartridges that supports archival-quality printing on posterboard and canvas. Read our post.

Adobe Photoshop CS4 ($590): Precise color-correction, calibration with printers and monitors and raw-image processing are what make Photoshop a must for pros and hobbyists alike. Read our post.

$250-500: Gold Santasanta_gold.jpg
Pandigital Kitchen Technology Center PANTV1512 (HDTV/Cookbook/Digital Picture Frame) ($400): Mount this under a cabinet in the kitchen and view recipes, photos, video and whatever else you can connect to via wifi. Read our post.

Ality 8-Inch Wireless Pixxa ($300): A beautifully designed frame complete with free service for sharing, organizing, news feeds and more over wireless (most companies make you pay a subscription fee for this stuff). Read our post.

Sony Cybershot T700 ($353): Snazzy new colors, super-thin and 10.1-megapixels make for an awesome point-and-shoot. Read our post.

Panasonic Lumix TZ5K ($250): We love the wide angle lens and the 10x optical zoom on this powerful point-and-shoot. Read our post.

Wingscapes Bird Cam ($250): This winter help your bird adoring friends and family capture their birds on film! Read our post.

Epson Artisan 800 Photo Printer & Scanner ($261): Petite and powerful, the Artisan 800 prints, faxes and scans at high quality and wirelessly. Read our post.

$100-250: Silver Santasanta_silver.jpg
Kodak EasyShare Wireless10-inch Digital Picture Frame ($175): Kodak's got it all with easy-to-use and wireless capabilities as well as great preload options. You can scale down to the 8-inch frame for $160. Read our post.

LG Digital Picture Frame and DVD Player ($219): This 8-inch frame doubles as a portable DVD player, perfect for those who travel. Read our post.

Mustek Digital Picture Frame and iPod Dock ($104): You get a 7-inch digital frame that you can dock your iPod into and charge the iPod and set your photos to music. Let's hear it for device streamlining! Yay! Read our post.

GE PhotoPhone ($101): A great gift for older folks who have trouble deciphering caller ID, you can load this phone to show a photo when a caller rings in, and it doubles as a digital picture frame when not being a phone. Read our post.

Canon PowerShot SD1100 IS ($163): Lightweight, compact and stocked with features like high ISO, 8-megapixels and more. Read our post.

Canon Selphy ES30 Portable Photo Printer ($125): The perfect option for scrapbookers and other crafty folk who like to print out their photos on the go. Read our post.

Apple Aperture 2.0 ($143): Mac users only, but what a great program for organizing your photos and managing edits. Read our post.

$40-$100: Bronze Santasanta_bronze.jpg
Falcon Fridge Magnet Digital Picture Frame ($52): Maybe you know someone with a fridge that is out of control with snapshots and could use some organization? Read our post.

Fisher Price Kid Tough Digital Camera ($65): Durable and easy for little fingers to operate, this camera is a fun way to play grown up. Read our post.

Canon Pixma MP190 Photo Printer ($45): Great for home use printing and scanning with archival quality inks. Read our post.

Apple iLife '08 ($70): Again, Mac users only, but iLife is a great program that enables user-friendly creativity in photos, movies, music and web design. Comes with your operating system, but the latest versions are worth the price to upgrade. Read our post.

Nova Greeting Card Factory Deluxe ($40): Kids and crafty folk that like to make their own photo-based greeting cards will have a blast with this software. Read our post.

Blurb Gift Card ($40 and up): For those who love to make photo books or have always wanted to try, here's a great way to get them started. Read our post.

Under $25: Tin Santasanta_tin.jpg
Preloaded Memory Card for Kodak Digital Frames ($20): Head to the Kodak Gallery where you can order a secure digital memory card and preload it with images. A great annual tradition to send out to grandparents or for special events like weddings. Read our post.

SanDisk Extreme III Memory Cards ($15 and up): Arguably the best quality memory cards compatible with most digital cameras in sizes from 2GB to 8GB.

Real Memories Custom Framing ($20 and up): Upload your digital photo and have it custom framed and shipped to your loved ones. Read our post.

Nikon Pen Lens Cleaning System ($5): Portable and easy to use, one tip brushes debris from the lens while the other fabric tip gets rid of smudges.

Joby Gorillapod Flexible Tripod ($22): Versatile for the on-the-go photographer, you can attach this tripod to trees, uneven ground and more!

Ink Jet Tatoo Paper ($10): Run this paper through an ink jet printer to finally try out that tattoo you've always wanted. Read our post.

Stamps.com PhotoStamps ($20): Ever wanted to put your puppy on a stamp? Well, now you can! Read our post.

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June 4, 2008

Father's Day Gift Guide: Great Gifts for All Budgets

Father's Day is just 10 days away -- June 15 -- so get crackin! Here are a few ideas for Dads this season:nikon_lenspen.jpgThe Bronze Dad: Nikon Pen Lens Cleaning System - $5.77
You don't have to have a Nikon to use this lens-cleaning pen. It's easy to carry around with you and the instructions are simple. First brush debris off your lens with the brush tip and then use the fabric tip to get rid of smudges. If you're interested in a more comprehensive system, check out Nikon's Complete Lens Cleaner Kit.gorillapod.jpgThe Silver Dad: Joby Gorillapod Flexible Tripod - $21.95
We love this miniature tripod -- and not just because it looks like a creature we can befriend. It's compact for easy portability and oh so versatile. Attach the Gorillapod to rocks, benches, maybe even a dog (DogCam!) and you'll be able to capture timer shots and long exposures without worrying about the safety of your camera.kodak_SV710.pngThe Gold Dad: Kodak EasyShare SV-710 Digital Picture Frame - $79.90
We recommended this frame for mommies too. Kodak is one of those trusted brands folks gravitate to, with good reason. We recently reviewed the whole Kodak line so be sure to check out the post if you're interested in a bigger screen or wireless capability. The SV-710 plays MP3s, video (MOV, AVI, MPEG) and has a variety of on-frame capabilities (editing, browsing, albums) as well as a remote, slideshow templates and programmable on/off settings. It also features PictBridge, which allows you to print directly to a printer without using a computer. Styling is traditional--comes with a black frame but you can purchase another faceplate to change the design. And be sure to look into Kodak's preloading feature.mustek_ipodframe.jpgThe Platinum Dad: Mustek PF i700 Digital Picture Frame iPod Dock - $122.95
Since we know you got Platinum Dad an iPod last year, how about a digital frame and iPod dock this year? This 7-inch frame from Mustek charges your iPod and plays it, all to the photos and movies of your choice. Remote control controls both frame and iPod. It's a great idea. Why have to load audio to yet another device (your digital picture frame) when you can just stick on your iPod?

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