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Old Jan 24, 2011, 2:33 PM   #1
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I think it is time for my 6 year old to have his own p&s. He thinks my cell phone is made for taking photographs.

I'm looking for a camera that won't be a bank breaker and that will allow him to take decent photos as he learns how to drive it. It will be on "auto" setting most of the time, and I plan to let him bring it with him while we are in the woods so he can becone accustomed to taking photos of things that catch his eye (not trying to win any photo contests).

I do have a spare camera I keep in my truck that he could use, but I have not been impressed with its overall image quality and would like for him to see a few of his own photos that are of good quality.

Any of you have any experience or suggestions?
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If you have the budget then go for one of the tough cameras like the Canon D10 or similar would be good. They can withstand accidents very well.
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Old Jan 24, 2011, 3:08 PM   #3
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i think that is a good suggestion. one of the shockproof cameras, some other models besides the aforementioned Canon D10 include
Panasonic TS1/TS2, Olympus Stylus tough 8010, Pentax W90.
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Old Jan 24, 2011, 3:32 PM   #4
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I gave my 6 year old a Fuji xp100 for christmas and although it does not have the greatest iq it is fun to use, "accident proof" and fun for her to use. Also it not to expensive.
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Reading this caused me to reflect that when I was six, it was 1940, and I probably asked my parents if I could have a rubber ball to play with.
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I gave my 8 year old a Nikon L22...
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Old Jan 25, 2011, 5:14 PM   #7
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How about an Olympus Tough 3000? My local Sam's Club has them for a tolerable price.
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I bought my five year old daughter a Vtech Kidizoom in December. She is really delighted with it. It is really tough and comes with very basic chunky controls that younger children quickly learn to understand.

You can also upload music and plug in earphones so you are getting a kids MP3 player for the same price:
http://www.amazon.com/Vtech-Kidizoom.../dp/B000NZORB0
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That Vtech looks like it could be fun for a younger kid, but my boy has been using my point and shoots and my cell phone and I think he would be disappointed with it.

Any other suggestions?
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Yeah, I have a suggestion: Crayons, pencils, water colors, and paper would be more beneficial to a child's creativity as well as their eye/hand coordination. People try too hard to drive their children into the adult world by providing the things that have little to do with mental growth. Throw away the toy and see what they can make out of the box it came in.
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