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Old Sep 4, 2007, 9:51 AM   #1
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My 7 year old boy is forever asking to use my camera to take pictures.

Some of his efforts have been quite good, and I'm keen to see if he wants to develop his interest.

But I'm always scared of him dropping my camera and breaking it, as he's was responsible for breaking my last digital camera.

So I want to get him his own one for christmas.

Can anyone recommend a decent, easy to use, and robust camera for use by a 7 year old. (He's quite bright for his age).

I'm not looking waterproof or anything for use base jumping off the Rockies. Just something that will handle the odd knock and tumble.

Thanks in anticipation.
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Old Sep 4, 2007, 10:31 AM   #2
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Fisher-Price has a camera in their toy line but it does not amount to much at all. As a grandparent, I have personally taken a somwhat different approach: reducing the investment in the camera.

Olympus sells factory refurbished cameras on e-bay. I was able to get an Olympus FE-180 for $56.00 for my 8 year old grand daughter. I gave it to her with a wrist strap attached and the admonition that she had to use the wrist strap whenever she had the camera in hand, and that she could not carry the camera by the wrist strap. The camera has been a good lesson in responsibility for her. So, for 10.5 months thus far she has enjoyed the camera and had no mishaps.

Kodak also sells refurbished cameras with a full one year guarantee at Kodak.com, so that might be another potential source of an inexpensive camera.

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Old Sep 4, 2007, 1:54 PM   #3
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There are two other possibilities that spring to mind.

1. Olympus SW cameras that are shock and waterproof. They are not especially cheap though, but they are real cameras and very nice.

2. An extended warrantee that covers accidental damage. I have such on all my digital cameras because I knew that I might want my little girl to use the camera sometimes. If the warrantee is a no-nonsense replacement type then if it gets broken you just get a replacement.
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