TOY BOX: Bushnell camera is the picture of quality

Digital cameras may not be ubiquitous yet, but they're surely on the way to becoming just that.

Digital cameras may not be ubiquitous yet, but they're surely on the way to becoming just that.

There are so many, in fact, that it's fun to find one with some truly unique features to test out. That's why I was excited to try Bushnell's outdoor camera. Not only is the sturdy-looking little 3.2-megapixel camera easy to use, but it's also water-resistant and pretty rugged, cool features if you're planning an outdoor adventure. My daughter wanted to throw it in the snow (we got a foot of the white stuff in Chicago shortly after the camera arrived). So, I buried it in the snow. When I took it off and dried the lens off, it still worked perfectly. I've come to trust the Bushnell name for such things as binoculars, and it's nice to see the company is maintaining its quality with this camera. My only quibble was that it didn't seem to do well in low-light conditions - the pictures were a bit dark. Perhaps it needs a more powerful flash or maybe I just needed to fiddle with the setting a bit more in our perpetually gray Chicago winter days. Any suggestions for gadgets we should try? Send them to toybox@prweek.com
  • John N. Frank writes Toy Box. He is the Chicago-based Midwest bureau chief for PRWeek. Price $199.99 Available at Wal-Mart, Dick's Sporting Goods, outdoor specialty stores Specs 4x digital zoom; can do AVI video format clips, as well as still photos; 16MB internal memory, SD card slot; runs on two AA batteries

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