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digital cameras and software
Digital Cameras and Software -- The Big Picture
Fr., "A picture is worth a thousand words."
Kids and cameras. They go together like milk and cookies. Well... Ok, that's a stretch. Young children are frequently fascinated by cameras, but traditional film-based cameras have a couple of enthusiasm dampening attributes: they require film, which costs money; and the gratification they produce - the pictures - is delayed.
Enter digital cameras.
Digital cameras offer users solutions to both of these nagging attributes. By converting images to eletronic bits, they eliminate the need for film. And if the user has access to a PC, the film development delay is eliminated. What's more, the images can be digitially manipulated, hopefully improving the images captured.
Until late in 1998 with the introduction of the Barbie camera, there was still the question of cost - digital cameras were too expensive to even consider for all except the most affluent. A year later, however, we found several more inexpensive digital cameras specifically targeted at young users.
How can these cameras cost less than $100(US)? These cameras offer lower image resolution than their expensive brethren, and limited point-and-shoot capabilities - nothing fancy.
Want to see how their photos compare? For some examples from our testing, click here.
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