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Old Aug 13, 2007, 1:39 PM   #1
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I am looking for advise on what digital camera out there is the most durable (i.e. drops and bumps) for the use by a budding photographer aged 9. I am price conscious as this is for a child and I am not sure if this is a whim or not.

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Old Aug 13, 2007, 11:09 PM   #2
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I found this at www.ecost.com. Perhaps it might help.

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Old Aug 13, 2007, 11:34 PM   #3
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Something like an older model Kodak Easyshare C310 with a fixed focus lens would be inexpensive and no mechnical lens parts to break. How rough is the budding photographer with electronic eqiupment?

If you need a hardened industrial strength digital camera, you can try a Fujifilm Big Job HD-3W.
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Old Aug 14, 2007, 1:48 AM   #4
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The most obvious "real" camera for you purpose is one of the Olympus SW range. They are not cheap but will happily cope with all accidental knocks and even being dropped in the water. This is the camera I will be buying my daughter soon.

If the child gives up on it you could take it for yourself. :-)

Alternatively just find something as cheap as you can.
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An intermediate suggestion between the Kyrocea and the Olympus Stylus SW series would be the Kodak C533. I gave one to my son and although he's a whole lot older than than nine he frequently carries it in a backpack or waist pack while he's riding his motorcycle and it's held up to that.

We have shot car shows and airshows side by side and within its limits of zoom and ISO the image quality stands up very well to my more expensive Kodak Z612. Its macro capability is better than the Z612. List is $110 and it's avaiable on Kodak's refurb site for $95 with a full new warranty.
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Old Aug 14, 2007, 9:09 AM   #6
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The Canon A-460

$104 on the internet.

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Old Aug 16, 2007, 1:25 AM   #7
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I don't know how old your kids are, but I got my son one of those Kid Tough Fisher Price digital cameras. They are kid tough!!! Easy to use, small screen to see photos... and actually, the photos aren't too bad. I was pleasantly surprised. If you want more info about it, let me know. I'd be happy to help.
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