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LEGO camera – an affordable digital camera for your child

By Damir Beciri
17 December 2009

lego-digital-camera1If you still haven’t found a great holiday gift and your child likes to “play” with your digital camera, we might have a solution for both of your problems. LEGO’s recent partnership with Digital Blue is going to bring us gadgets as video cameras, MP3 players, walkie-talkies and other products on the market, all encased in non-removable LEGOs. One of their products already available could solve your gift-searching since their digital camera is already available on the market.

The LEGO 3 megapixel camera has a 1.5” color LCD screen for viewing your shots. It comes with 128MB internal memory it can store up to 80 photos. It does not require an SD card and has USB output to easily transfer photos you took to your computer. It’s got built in flash and fixed focus and 4x digital zoom. The camera also contains an internal rechargeable lithium-ion battery, so there is no need to search around for batteries.

It won’t break into little pieces either, it’s pretty sturdy. Unfortunately, that means you can’t take the camera and rebuild it, but the top and bottom are correctly molded to be integrated with other LEGO bricks allowing you to integrate it into your next epic LEGO creation or change the visual appearance of its exterior.

The camera looks as if it was made out of red, yellow, blue and green LEGOs, but it also comes in a pink and white variation (which is being sold for an even lower price). It is not suitable for children younger than 3, since it contains small parts. Along the LEGO Camera, the package includes USB cable, quick-start guide and three LEGO bricks! “Why three?” you ask. We don’t know.

So do you really need to buy it or you feel creative and competent enough to build one yourself? Admittedly if you had enough spare time, a spare digital camera, and you were good with electronics you could probably make one of these at home with better specifications. But making high quality photos isn’t really the point. It is an affordable and bulky gadget that represents a great gift for your young ones, potentially revealing their photography talent and prolonging the LEGO tradition.

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