Whats the lowest cost beginner camera with LCD preview screen?

Discussion in 'Digital Point & Shoot Camera' started by Richard, Dec 9, 2005.

  1. Richard

    Richard Guest

    This is for a child showing a strong interest in photography. However, cost is
    a factor since the camera will probably get abused - he's quite young and may
    not have the discipline to properly care for it the right way.

    I'd like to spark his interest and I believe the preview screen will be a strong
    factor as it provides instant gratification.
     
    Richard, Dec 9, 2005
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    Paul Heslop Guest

    You mean the lcd screen? Even the Vivitar 3713 Vivicam 3MP Digital
    Camera at £39.99 from Argos (I am rudely assuming you're in the UK)
    has a screen of 1.5inch. Very basic cam indeed and there's a Vivitar
    V3780S 3MP Digital Camera, slightly better looking, for the same
    price. Cheapest with optical zoom is at half price, but currently out
    of stock on the website

    HP M407 Digital Camera.
    Was £129.99 5602764

    £64.99


    4.1m pixels.

    3 x Optical zoom.

    6 x Digital zoom.

    1.8in colour LCD screen.

    16Mb internal memory. SD, MMC card compatible.

    Video ouput.

    Movie capture and sound.

    USB 2 connection, cable included.

    PictBridge compatible.

    Includes 2 x AA alkaline batteries and HP instant share software.

    Software compatibility :MS 98/98SE/Me/2000/XP, Mac OS x 10.1.5, 10.2
    or higher.

    Size (H)36.6, (W)109.3, (D)52.8mm.

    Weight 172 grams.
     
    Paul Heslop, Dec 9, 2005
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    MartinS Guest

    That's my camera, for which I paid CDN$180 + 15% tax (approx. £95) a
    year ago. Not bad, but it has its limitations. It's slow taking a photo
    after you press the button, and the battery/memory card cover pops open
    too easily.
     
    MartinS, Dec 9, 2005
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    Paul Heslop Guest

    That's some handy tips there, Martin. Would you say it was worth the
    half price though?
     
    Paul Heslop, Dec 9, 2005
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    MartinS Guest

    I would say so. It depends on what you want to use it for.
     
    MartinS, Dec 10, 2005
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    Paul Heslop Guest

    Not for me personally but the OP. A slow response might not be that
    good for a kid. I have trouble myself with my Oly c725, very slow
    response at times, makes for some disasters.
     
    Paul Heslop, Dec 10, 2005
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    critcher Guest

    Not for me personally but the OP. A slow response might not be that
    good for a kid. I have trouble myself with my Oly c725, very slow
    response at times, makes for some disasters.

    --
    critcher said............
    always remember that you can grow with your camera if it has the ability,
    but if the camera deosn't have the ability for you to learn from it then you
    will have to upgrade sooner with a new camera.
    I'm not saying buy a £300.00 camera, but to ensure that it has user input to
    challenge a young mind.
     
    critcher, Dec 20, 2005
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    Paul Heslop Guest

    Argh, same cam here, along with a c220. The grandkids love messing
    though and for some reason i feel more able to let them use the 220
    than the 725. Damned camera is so ungainly!
     
    Paul Heslop, Dec 20, 2005
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    Tom Guest

    You've got to love this one. My friend has one. It is pocket size. My friend takes it everywhere. You can even put more memory in there. And the screen is protected.


    http://www.circuitcity.com/ssm/Aipt...34294/catOid/-13062/rpem/ccd/productDetail.do


    This is for a child showing a strong interest in photography. However, cost is
    a factor since the camera will probably get abused - he's quite young and may
    not have the discipline to properly care for it the right way.

    I'd like to spark his interest and I believe the preview screen will be a strong
    factor as it provides instant gratification.
     
    Tom, Jan 28, 2006
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    sobolik Guest

    Another cheap entry level one to consider. The Polaroid izone 310 bu
    it is not primarily Video. It cost $80.00, memory at $20.00 and ta
    totaled to $105.00.
    Also for my kid - 14 year old. It takes good pics in good lighting
    The flash is too powerful so I taped tissue over it. When the ki
    graduates to a better one I will carry it in my pocket.
    http://tinyurl.com/aw8x
     
    sobolik, Jan 29, 2006
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