As a Mum, Grandma, and with a daughter who is a primary teacher, Alison draws on a wealth of experience for her child-related Hubs.
I came across the Lego Camera and the Lego Video Camera when I started researching children's cameras after speaking to my grandson a while ago. I had asked him what he wanted for Christmas and if he had a list. (He is ten by the way) "Well Nannie", he said "I actually only want a Camera and a Crystal growing set - so, if you can't afford to buy me a camera, you could get me the crystal growing set because they don't cost as much". His new word is 'actually' but it actually made me think about what cameras were available for children of his age. He absolutely loves Lego and can often be heard in his bedroom first thing in the morning, playing with his Star Wars Legos and acting out all the parts.
That is what I love about Legos, it really is a fantastic toy for imaginative play so, when I found these legos Cameras that look as though they are made of bricks (although they cannot be taken apart) and have places on them where you can attach legos bricks or legos minifigures, I thought they looked just brilliant!
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The Lego 3MP Camera is not a toy, but a fully functioning 3MP digital camera by Digital Blue.
It gets great reviews for ease of use, durability and the fact that bricks can be added to the top and the bottom to incorporate it into Legos projects that may be being built at the time.
- The camera has a 1.5" color LCD screen, an integrated flash, fixed focus and a digital zoom.
- The camera memory can hold up to 80 pictures at a time and it is easy to download these to a computer via a USB connection.
- The battery life will depend on how often you use the flash, one reviewer said about four hours of constant use, another said it needed changing after 50 flash photos.
Of the reviews that I have read, the vast majority are very good to excellent (4 and 5 stars).
The only downside is that the picture quality is not high but reviewers pointed out that their children were delighted with it and it is only a 3 MP camera.
For more advanced young photographers, Lego have now brought out a higher resolution 8 MP camera with the same styling.
For the price, I think it is an absolutely excellent way to introduce children to photography and to get them started on a hobby that will give them pleasure for life.
Not Sure A Lego Camera Is The Right One?
If you are thinking of buying a digital camera for your children, please pay a visit to my website, Kids Digital Camera Reviews by using the link provided. I have spent many hours researching and writing honest reviews of cameras and video cameras for all age groups.
LEGO Stop Animation Video Camera
This Lego Video Camera is brilliant – LEGO has teamed with Digital Blue to create a camera which not only take stills pictures and record videos but also allows you to make stop animation movies and create animated films of your legos minifigures – or anything else that takes your fancy.
The Lego Stop Animation Video Camera comes complete with a Macro lens so that when you ask your lego mini figure ‘Are you ready for your close-up?’, you really do mean close-up! In order to enable you to make stop motion animation films, the camera is supplied with an adjustable tripod, two Lego mini-figs (mini figures), and the LEGO Stop Animation Studio Software CD.
To enable viewing of what you are shooting with your camera, there is a 1.5” screen that can be rotated for ease of viewing.
The basic idea of stop animation is very simple, the film is shot a frame at a time with the figure or figures being moved very slightly between each frame. When all the images are put together, the result is an animated film! The videos below illustrate this.
If you want to use the capabilities of the software to the full, you can add sound, captions, scrolling credits, transitions between scenes and so on – take a look at the second video.
When you have had your Directorial Debut with this great little camera, post your Epic Production on YouTube!
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If you have recorded a stop animation movie with a Lego Video Camera and have put it on YouTube, please leave the URL link in the comments box, it will be clickable so we can look at your video too! Thanks for reading
Alison Graham (author) from UK on April 05, 2011:
Hi chuckandus6 - yes, I know what you mean, Lego are very clever at bringing out great new products!
Nichol marie from The Country-Side on April 04, 2011:
thats cool i trhought i have seen all with lego :)
Alison Graham (author) from UK on December 09, 2010:
Thanks WP - I share your nostalgia for Lego building with the children, happily I can now enjoy it all over again with my grandson - although he does not have a lego camera, but he does love his lego star wars set!
WoodsmensPost from Arizona on December 09, 2010:
Allison you have done some nice home work on these Lego cameras and video cameras. I didn't even realize there was such a thing. My son loved putting Legos together in his younger days. These are quite a unique little idea for kids or adults who like legos. A very nicely well written hub on the subject. I enjoyed reading it as I was thinking of the time that has past and the fun we used to have with legos. WP
Alison Graham (author) from UK on October 26, 2010:
Hi Lisa, no the camera does not need to be wired to the computer, just use it as you would a normal camera.
Lisa arthur on October 24, 2010:
I would love to buy one for my son who is a huge LEGO fan - can you use the camera outdoors or does it have to be wired to the computer??
Alison Graham (author) from UK on October 12, 2010:
Thanks Katie, I love the idea of making a movie with the legos figures and the lego video camera!
Katie McMurray from Ohio on October 12, 2010:
Lego's are always a big big hit with all kids old and young alike. It's good to know where to Buy Lego camera and Lego Video Camera Online as this will be SO much fun.
Alison Graham (author) from UK on October 08, 2010:
Thanks Iyjo, a nice thing about having grandchildren is getting the opportunity to play with toys with them and I have always been a great fan of Legos
lyjo on October 08, 2010:
Wow, I had no idea that they made such a thing, truly cool, I'm out of touch with these things, kids are grown, but a great idea for grandchildren, thanks, take good care,
Alison Graham (author) from UK on October 07, 2010:
Thanks colonial82, I especially love the video camera - am going to have to try the stop animation!
colonial82 from Ohio on October 07, 2010:
I have always been a fan of Lego and this is just so cool. Thank you for sharing this with us.
Have a great day :)