Which camera is right for your child, who wants a camera like yours?
Choosing a camera for your kids can be easy, if you know what to expect.
First, you need to define your budget, just like when buying a camera for yourself. The amount of money you intend to spend could be effected by the likelihood of the camera to be destroyed after a rather short period of time.
If you believe it will not survive long, you have two options:
The first option is buying a very inexpensive camera, so that you won’t mind you child bashing it on the ground or drowning it in the bathtub (there are worse cases than that):
If your kid is less likely to treat the camera as a toy, you could consider an ordinary low-cost camera, some of which have become truly valid options with decent image quality in recent years:
Nikon Coolpix L24 – $89
Canon PowerShot A800 – $79
The second option is buying a more expensive camera, but one that would withstand any deliberate or indeliberate offensive action taken by your child. Those are rugged, shock-proof (most for 3 ft. drops) and water-proof (up to 10 ft.) cameras. Some good examples are:
Kodak EasyShare Sport – water-proof to 10 ft. (but not shock-proof) – $63
Olympus TG-310 – shock-proof of up to 5 ft. drops
and water-proof for up to 10 ft. dives – $149
For the young adults (let’s say, between 8 and 12), you probably wouldn’t get away with buying an affordable camera. You would be required to fulfill the need for coolness, to mark a gadget check-list and in general to invest much more money in order to get an: “Oh, yeah!”.
In that case, you would need to spend anywhere between $139 and $199, depending on the length of that check-list:
Panasonic Lumix DMC FH25 – x8 zoom, face recognition, preset scenes, etc. – $139
Canon PowerShot SX130 – x12 zoom, face, smile & wink recognition,
color filters, fish-eye and miniature effects – $199
In any case, if your child enjoys receiving a camera, consider yourself lucky but also remember – as they get older, and understand more (that happens so quickly), they demand better, more sophisticated and more expensive toys, as do I.