Kids Digital Camera (Cheap)

Discussion in 'Digital Photography' started by iam:Caine, Mar 1, 2008.

  1. iam:Caine macrumors newbie

    Mar 1, 2008
    Hey, initial post here. Does anyone know of a cheap kids camera that is compatible, or maybe even an easy work around. I'm looking to spend about $25.
  2. ChrisA macrumors G4

    Jan 5, 2006
    Redondo Beach, California
    My daugher has a "Hello Kitty" pink plastic camera that we paid maybe $30 for. Quality is about like a web cam.

    Now she has a cell phone. The phone cost about $25 and it is a pre-paid accont so there is no monthly service charge. So technically the cellphone, with it's camera is an nder $25 camera.

    I've found a number of "key chain" digital cameras. None of them have LCD screens, they don't accept memory cards but have internal memory to hold maybe 50 pictures. expect webcam resoluton.

    The other option is to just buy a "real" camera off eBay for $25. You will likely get some 4MP camera from a second tier brand.

    My daughter has done some good work with the toy camera. It reminds me of the people shooting Holgas. I look at her work and help her put the image into iPhoto and I can't help but notice that people who are three feet tall see the world differently
  3. iRachel macrumors 6502a

    Apr 21, 2005
    The Soybean Captial of the World
    How old is the kid in question? If they're a pre-schooler, Fisher Price makes a decent digital camera (I don't have kids myself, but this is what my friend tells me, she has two preschoolers, and they haven't managed to break it yet).

    If the kid is much older than seven or eight and is fairly responsible, you're probably better taking ChrisA's advice and getting a "regular" camera second hand, either off eBay or perhaps at a local camera shop or second-hand retailer, and let him/her experiment with that.
  4. seany916 macrumors 6502

    Jun 26, 2006
    Southern California
  5. dllavaneras macrumors 68000


    Feb 12, 2005
    Caracas, Venezuela
    I've seen a few of the older cams, like the Canon A410 go for under $40 on eBay. 3.2 Mp is more than enough if your kid ever want to print the pics, and the quality is pretty good. Not a fast camera, or one with a lot of options and modes, but I think it's worth looking into. :)
  6. iam:Caine thread starter macrumors newbie

    Mar 1, 2008
    Camera Suggestions

    Thanks for the suggestions and guidance. It is for my daughter who is going on 9, and has been taking pictures of my wife and I for at least 4 years now. She comes out with some interesting compositions. All of this came up yesterday when she was at Target w/my wife and they found some $17 camera. I thought it at least would show up as a drive and I could pull the pics off that way, but no such luck. I give the suggestions a shot. Thanks.
  7. seany916 macrumors 6502

    Jun 26, 2006
    Southern California
    If you have an old digital P&S, that would be great. At this age, if you start teaching her about the manual setting on a dSLR, you'd be surprised how much she will absorb.
  8. skybolt macrumors 6502a

    Feb 20, 2005
    Nashville, TN, USA
    One thing to make sure of -- whatever you buy needs to have a card of some type for photo storage. I bought my grandsons each a $19 digital a couple of years ago for Christmas. They took some pics, and when they went to download, the battery went dead and the photos were lost. If it has some kind of external storage this will not happen. Digitals eat batteries like mad. Also, if you get one with external storage, anything will be compatible with a mac by using a card reader.
  9. KristineL macrumors newbie

    Aug 2, 2008
    Kid's digital camera

    Hey - I'm new at all this - what is a card reader? I'm not a technological genius and I need something that I can at least figure out how to use and download for my 6 yr old. Bought 2 camera's today for her B'day and neither worked on my OS X 10.3.9 Can someone explain to me in simple terms what I need to purchase??
    Thanks in advance
  10. termina3 macrumors 65816

    Jul 16, 2007
    a) this is a topic for a new thread…no biggie though

    to answer your actual question… excuse the kindergarten language:

    Digital cameras write their images to memory, most of the time in the form of some sort of "card" or "stick." A card reader is simply something that plugs into your computer, which you in turn put a camera card/stick into, producing a connection between the camera card and your computer.

    Most cameras come with a cable to connect the camera directly to the computer, making a card reader (for the casual user) unnecessary. Could you specify what model cameras you're using (make and model, e.g. Sony Cybershot 3)?
  11. KristineL macrumors newbie

    Aug 2, 2008
    kids digital camera (cheap)

    Hey! First camera is a Disney pix click 16MB, VGA 640x480 holds 200 photos. No memory stick. The directions specifically say I must install the Disney Pix software in order to download the images to my computer. But now that I'm writing this I'm wondering if that is creative software for borders etc.
    Second is a Trekker Digital by global point. Don't like this one at all even if it did work!She's only 6, but loves playing with our Sony. Which makes me nervous!
    Thanks for helping me -

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