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Old Oct 1, 2010, 11:04 AM   #1
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Default Good starter camera for a kid? -$100?

My almost-six-year-old would like a "real" camera. She's got one of those kid-tough cameras right now and has had it since she was four. Likes it, but it's not "real" and the pictures off it are of course produced by a toy and look like it. She'd like to learn how to take real pictures and, inspired by a third-world project where they take kids starting at age five and teach them photography, I'm willing to let her. Heck, it would be a fun learning experience for both of us!

On the one hand I'm tempted to go all the way and get her one of the new drop-proof, water-proof, cold-proof cameras that run in the area of $200. (And if I can get it classed as a reimburseable homeschool expense, then I totally will.) But on the other hand, I'd rather spend less to start out with and leave room for an upgrade later on if there is something in a lower budget that would work.

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Old Oct 1, 2010, 11:15 AM   #2
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the kodak Z915 comes to mind. i use it as my carry around camera, and the pics are much better than i expected. it has image stabilization, a 10x zoom, and shoots video, as well. and if you wait, the price often drops below $100 at amazon. with a little supervision, she could do fine with this, and at least it's cheap

a few pics i took with mine:

http://i846.photobucket.com/albums/a...hadowlines.jpg

http://i846.photobucket.com/albums/a...parkinglot.jpg

http://i846.photobucket.com/albums/a...shollywood.jpg
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kaaryn-

The Kodak Z-9125 is a very good suggestion.

There is another money saver, with an even lower price: Beach Camera (a repected e-tailer) has a Canon refurbished A480n at $69.99 with free shipping.

http://www.beachcamera.com/shop/bask...CNPSA480BERB,&

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When my son was 6 I bought him his first camera. He still has it. We just showed him that he could only use it if he used the wrist strap. He's always been pretty careful with it. I spent 100 on it and it was well worth it.
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Thanks! Noted - will keep an eye out for that one to come on sale since I've got a bit of time before her birthday when I want to give it to her
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if you look it up on amazon and go to the right, you'll see that you can buy it from adorama through amazon for just under $100 with no shipping. i've had several good experiences with adorama, so could be worth doing.

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Thanks! Noted - will keep an eye out for that one to come on sale since I've got a bit of time before her birthday when I want to give it to her
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kids like video, you may want to look at one that shoots HD. Something like the kodak m1093
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a little over budget - but is water and dust proof though sadly not shock proof but might help it survive a bit better

http://www.amazon.com/Pentax-WS80-Wa...5979032&sr=8-8
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Well I got approval for a budget of $200 - I can consider it part of our homeschool curriculum So that opens up the shockproof cameras like the XP10... or is there one that would be better?
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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zAx0hCqWJIg

nice camera again might be abit over budget but dont think by much if you search for good deal
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