Magazine article Technology & Learning

Focus on Digital Cameras: Digital Cameras Have Become a Staple of the Classroom. and, as with All Other Technologies, Prices Have Dropped and Features Have Improved over the Years. What Can You Now Expect from a Digital Camera? We Look at Cameras in the $200-to-$400 Range

Magazine article Technology & Learning

Focus on Digital Cameras: Digital Cameras Have Become a Staple of the Classroom. and, as with All Other Technologies, Prices Have Dropped and Features Have Improved over the Years. What Can You Now Expect from a Digital Camera? We Look at Cameras in the $200-to-$400 Range

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SONY

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Sony's new DSC H50 provides over 9 megapixels, has a 15x optical zoom, as well as a 3-inch tilting LCD screen. With a street price of about $350, Sony also claims it has face detection capability, basic in-camera editing, and the H50's flash can light up objects as far as 55 feet away. www.sonystyle.com

CASIO

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The Casio Exilim Card EX-S10 ($249) has 10.1 megapixels, a 3X optical and 4X digital zoom, and a very thin body. Special features include face detection, voice recording, and a YouTube(tm) Capture Node (which sets up the camera for recording movies that are optimized for uploading to YouTube--nice feature for home, less useful for schools, most of which block YouTube). The camera is available in four colors, www.casioeducation.com/products

KODAK

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Kodak's Easyshare Z and V series ($200 to $300) offer between 7 and 12 megapixels and 3X to 12X optical zoom, depending on the specific model, Some offer touch-screen controls, HD pictures, and video. One popular feature of Kodak cameras for a number of years has been the availability of docks: place the camera in the dock, press a button, and photographs are easily transferred to your computer, http://cameras.kodak.com

NIKON

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The Nikon Coolpix S series ([$200 to $300) consists of slim cameras offering vibration reduction (a nice feature for young children) as well as at least 8 megapixels. The $600, specifically, is a 10 megapixel, 4X wide-angle lens camera with a fast start-up time (according to Nikon's research) and an "active child mode" for taking shots of moving children (or anything else--another good feature for schools), www. …

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