Consumer Reports tests out best kiddie cameras

July 19, 2011 1:33:06 PM PDT
Some kids are real shutterbugs. So when Consumer Reports wanted to check out cameras made specifically for kids, they brought in pint-sized experts.

Thirty fun-loving photographers were given five made-for-kids cameras to try out.

They included ones from Fisher-Price, Crayola and Lego. They cost between $35 and $60. 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.

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

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

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

But a $40 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.