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bentysmom Feb 20, 2006 9:41 AM

My 11 year old is going to Australia this summer and I need an easy to use digital camera. I've looked at tons of them but I have so little experience with digitals I have no clue what to look for. I currently own avery old HP (I'm ashamed to say it's a 1 megapixel) and I love it. I am also looking for a new one for me. I'm interested in the Canon 610 or 620. I definately want him to have his own camera. Any help would be appreciated.

mtclimber Feb 20, 2006 10:32 AM

The Canon A-410 has received excellent reviews, sells for around $125-$135, and is less complicated than the A-610.


ixus_123 Feb 20, 2006 11:54 AM

I think the Nikon 4600 is an excellent starter camera. It's small& simple to use. It also has incamera help menus so you don't need to refer to the manual - these help with composing shots - like action, portrait etc.

A big selling factoer for me was that it uses AA size batteries. AA NiMh batteries are cheap to buy, available everywhere & you can buy a charger that suits your travel needs.

You can read Steve's review below:

Homer J. Feb 20, 2006 4:17 PM

The SD series fom canon are all very small and user friendly.

rjseeney Feb 20, 2006 9:04 PM

My 10 year old daughter has been using a Sony DSC-P93 with very good results. It's small, easy to handle, and focuses very quickly. The lcd is a bit smallish. However, the newer, higher resolution DSC-p200 is currently available for under $300.

bentysmom Mar 24, 2006 5:32 PM

Unless anyone has some other overwhelming input, I'm probably going to get the Canon 410. I've looked around the internet for camera sites and the best prices I've found is Butterfly Photo. Does anyone know of any others?

mtclimber Mar 24, 2006 5:37 PM

Butterfly has low prices, but be prepared for some hard sell ala NYC.


ELDDJOC Mar 24, 2006 7:08 PM

There are a few really easy to use cameras -

1. Canon Powershot A430 4.0 MP - successor to the A410 and with fairly good image quality. Very cheap. Made in China.

2. Panasonic Lumix FX9 6.0 MP - about to be superceded by the FX01, but has excellent image quality and very user friendly, with image stablization to minimise handshake effect. Expensive though. Made in Japan.

3. Nikon Coolpix L4 5.1 MP - New, but cheap - good LCD and great image quality. Good for portraits too, and darker places. Made in Japan.

The above three are great entry level cameras you can consider.

Here in Australia, the sun is very strong all year round, so you probably need a good camera that does not tend to overexpose shots.

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