Point and Shoot for a Budding 3 yr Old Photographer

Discussion in 'Digital Photography' started by law guy, May 5, 2006.

  1. law guy macrumors 6502a

    law guy

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    My 3 year old daughter loves to take pictures and has a lot of fun now looking through the viewfinder on my 30D and pushing the shutter button with her little tiny fingers.

    So, I'd like to get her a point and shoot to call her own. Has anyone come across a reasonably cheap and sturdy (certain be dropped from a height of a little less than 3 feet from time to time) P&S that struck you as something that might suit? There's the Canon A410 - around $120 (may not be that sturdy) and a Busnell 3 MP on B&H that says its water resistant for around $160 (http://www.bushnell.com/products/sport_image/specs/11-0013G.cfm) - looks sturdy but I have no idea if its just a mess to use, etc, and its a little more pricey. Any other ideas?

    Update: Well - I looked a few comments on Amazon on the Busnell that panned it. Even though she's three, I'd like a camera that doesn't have terrible image quality.
     
  2. jsw Moderator emeritus

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    Do you have any old camera phones around? My daughter plays with an old Nokia 3650 and likes it.

    Polaroid used to make some really cheap digital cameras - well under $100 at Walmart - but I'm not sure they make them anymore.
     
  3. law guy thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    No, I haven't made it to having a cell phone that does anything more than make calls. A good idea though.
     
  4. katie ta achoo macrumors G3

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    What about that one?
    When I had a kodak, I dropped it (I'm klutzy..) and it worked fine. It broke in Europe, though.. the sensor going hot-cold-hot-cold made it turn funky colors. white = pink now.

    but, before it got abused by temperature, it worked really well.

    or this one. I'd get a cheap, easily replaceable one.. I know that my nephew (who is also 3) can be BRUTAL on stuff.

    Good luck. :)
     
  5. jsw Moderator emeritus

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    I'd pick the second one - cheaper, and it'll be just as fun to her.

    Edit: here is an HP for a few dollars more, but probably better quality than the Walgreens one.
     
  6. Abstract macrumors Penryn

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    Pick one with a viewfinder, turn off the screen, and let her use the viewfinder instead. ;)

    Oh, and if she drops it and farks up the LCD (which she probably will eventually), she still knows how to use the camera perfectly well. :)
     
  7. law guy thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Thanks for the suggestions all - good finds on the sub-$100 models. She is going to be very excited to get her very own camera and it will be great to see the world from that perspective a little more. As a side note, she takes pictures of things I never would and it's interesting to see. A viewfinder is a good idea Abstract - she seems to like holding the camera up to her face and looking through it. That Kodak Katie found has a nice little view finder above the LCD. I do like the HP JSW found as well - I'll go over to the HP site to see if they add a little viewfinder in that range.
     

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