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From the makers of the Barbie Digital Camera, the first digital camera made just for kids, comes a similar product that will appeal to both genders. Nick Click lets young photographers capture the world in pictures, and then adapt it in ways meant to inspire, entertain and amuse. Image resolution is 160 x 120 dpi and can be enhanced using the included software to a resolution of 320 x 240 dpi.
Although it has no flash attachment, digital photos can be taken indoors or out. Kids can capture up to 6 shots if the camera is not connected to the computer, and up to 20 if it is connected. Photos can be uploaded in minutes for instant feedback and endless fun. Shots are uploaded to the computer clipboard where they automatically appear on the computer screen. Bad shots can be trashed and successful attempts saved. When the user has compiled a working portfolio, the fun really begins.
The program Lobby, or main screen offers four creativity venues. Kids can visit the "Director's Studio", where they create flip books with their digital photos; "Nicktoons Props", in which kids add Nicktoons body parts to their photos to create wacky likenesses of family and friends; the "Publicity Department", which doubles as a print studio where kids create posters, stationery and more featuring their original photos and Nicktoons characters, and "F/X" where kids morph face shots into video arcade characters. In addition to these options, photos can be saved as bitmap or jpeg files and added to web pages, emailed to friends and relatives, or imported into other programs.
Photo quality is grainy, and lighting is an issue -- too much results in washed out shots, while not enough increases the picture's graininess. Young children may need some initial instruction on photo composition. Centering is not easy, and photo quality is greatly affected by user motion. Printing photos can be disappointing -- our testers discovered that reducing photo size successfully improves their printability.
Emailing photos can be a tricky task for the novice computer user. Photos must be exported as bitmap or jpeg files (we recommend choosing jpeg format when possible for quicker and less unwieldy downloads) and sent as attachments, requiring the user to specify the esported files' location.
PC: Windows 95/98, Multimedia PC Pentium 100 MHz or better, 13 MB hard drive space, 16 MB RAM, SVGA color monitor with at least 640x480 resolution, Video card capable of 16 bit graphics with a minimum of 2 MB RAM, 4X or faster CD-ROM, 16-bit Sound Blaster or 100% compatible sound card and speakers, Available serial (com) port for connection. Note: a 9-pin (D89) serial port connector is included. A 25-pin connector (DB25) serial port adapter may be required for users with 25-pin serial ports.return to top of page
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