I’m sure that there will be those that disagree with my view on purchasing a good camera for a kid. I will attempt to defend my opinion on the matter. My little blogger had been using our old FujiFilm SLR-like 3.2mp camera. A good camera for it’s time. The lack of image stabilization made most of his images come out much less than crisp. I firmly believe that having the right tools will make the adoption of a new routine much more enjoyable and in turn will encourage him to continue on for more than just a few days.
A cool accessory:
[asa]B000BP4ZQY[/asa] – Pop-Up Shade. This is very cool for him since it both shades the LCD screen in the sun and also protects the screen from scratches and such.
I am not all that much of a photographer but here are some of the points that made me choose this particular camera:
- 8 MP – Pretty standard for an entry level camera at this time
- 6X Optical Zoom – About the best I found in this price range
- Optical Image Stabilization – better than digital for still shots, according to my research
- Face detection. This works. It even figured out the face of the cat.
- Takes 2 AA Batteries – NiMh Rechargable batteries are a great choice. Keep a few sets charged for long photo shoots.
- Uses SD cards – a plus if you already have a bunch of these around the house for other devices.
- Lot’s of settings and optional accessories available so the camera can grow with him.
- Price – the street price for this camera is around $200. I’ve seen it at low as $169 online.
- No neck strap. It comes with a wrist strap. Kids are not always coordinated enough to work all the controls AND keep a good hold of the camera.
- A little too big to fit in Jeans pocket. It will fit in a jacket pocket, but really, a neck strap or bag would be a better bet anyway.
- Comes with 16mb SD card. A waste of plastic these days.
Once he really starts using the new camera I should be able to come back and report on whether or not this particular camera was the right choice for him.