Which camera for a 15 year old newbie

Discussion in 'Digital Cameras' started by Jen, Apr 14, 2005.

  1. Jen

    Jen Guest

    My wife and I want to buy at least a 3 mp digital camera for our new
    15 year old daughter (we will adopt her hopefully). She will visit us
    soon and she is very creative and really interested in digital
    photography. She needs something small she can carry around easily
    and something somewhat simple though she is a bright girl and will
    figure it all out in short order. I am looking for something in the
    $200-$300 range or slightly more if it will get her something special.
    I have a canon S9000 printer so hopefully she will also be able to
    print some of her pictures during her visit.

    What would you recommend since the technology has changed so much
    since I bought my last digital camera.
    Jen, Apr 14, 2005
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  2. Jen

    [BnH] Guest

    Canon A95 is quite a good candidate ?
    You will be amazed even my 8y.o cousin can do with modern gadgets these day

    [BnH], Apr 14, 2005
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    Ron Hunter Guest

    I would recommend a good P&S camera to start with. If she is already
    knowledgeable, then something like the Kodak DX7590 would be great. If
    she is just getting started, the DX7440 would do well. These aea bit
    above the price you mentioned, but you can probably find the earlier
    models (DX6440 and DX6490) within reach of those prices. Many other
    companies make comparable cameras in the same price and feature
    categories, but Kodak does well in the ease of use area, and support is
    generally good.
    Ron Hunter, Apr 14, 2005
  4. Jen

    Sheldon Guest

    I was in Wal-Mart the other day and was amazed at what they had in your
    price range, and the cameras were very compact and most were name-brands
    we've all heard of. Look for something with at least a 3x optical zoom.
    Optical zoom is much sharper than digital zoom. Some cameras combine both,
    so lean towards the "optical" number. For example, a camera may claim 6x
    zoom, while it's a 3x optical combined with a 2x digital zoom. Another 6x
    camera may be 2x optical and 3x digital.

    Also, don't go too small. They are a bit hard to handle and the LCD screens
    are very small. Well, for us old folks, anyway. :)
    Sheldon, Apr 14, 2005
  5. Jen

    secheese Guest

    Canon A85 or A95.
    secheese, Apr 14, 2005
  6. I just got one for my son for his 4th birthday. It's amazing, in a few
    minutes he was able to operate it quite well. Works the zoom, takes
    pictures, switches it to playback and show me all the pictures he took. He
    grudgingly let Grandma try it out, and chatised her for getting her fingers
    too close to the lens :) He'd sleep with it if I'd let him.
    Steve Gavette, Apr 14, 2005
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    Ron Hunter Guest

    You may have created a monster. Grin.
    I usually let one of my great nieces use my camera at family
    gettogethers as she can get pictures of the little kids I wouldn't be
    able to manage (can't crawl under the tables, etc.) to get. It's
    amazing how good the kid is at taking well composed pictures. I think
    some people are just 'naturals'.
    Ron Hunter, Apr 14, 2005
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    Ben Thomas Guest

    My 18 month old daughter already knows she can see pictures of herself after I
    take them with my Nikon D70. She doesn't know how to take a picture yet, but
    shes worked out that I press buttons. The D70 is a bit heavy for her currently.

    She'll get to play with my Kodak DX6490 in 6 months max.
    Ben Thomas, Apr 14, 2005
  9. Canon S1 IS for its image stabilisation and moives?

    David J Taylor, Apr 14, 2005
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    Mark² Guest

    Canon A95.

    Good battery life, good display and Very decent image quality...also
    flexibility for control of image.
    AA Batteries (buy her a couple sets of NiMh batteries with a charger and
    she's all set--Make sure you don't let her settle for normal Alkalines
    because they do NOT work well, and cost $$).
    Mark², Apr 14, 2005
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    Ron Hunter Guest

    You may get some pictures with interesting perspectives...
    Ron Hunter, Apr 14, 2005
  12. Jen

    DHB Guest

    can't add much to what you said because I think you hit all of
    the most important points. The swivel LCD is great too because it
    helps frame shots when the camera is held down low or above people's
    heads in a crowd, above a fence or etc....

    My 18 year old nephew purchased an A95 primarily on my
    recommendation & he is very pleased with it. With Digital cameras,
    computers or any new technology device, the sooner you get children
    into it, the easier it is for them to learn it. This is true about
    learning a 2nd language too, start them as young as possible & they
    will absorb it like a sponge.

    The A95 is a great camera & I hope Canon does not covert it's
    successor to SD flash memory as they seem to be doing with most of
    their P&S line. Some of us like me, like the option to use the same
    CF cards that we have in our DSLR's, in our P&S cameras as well.

    Anytime I photography an big event, I almost always give a P&S
    camera to very young person to take pictures. They love it & they
    often take hundreds & I am always amazed at how well many come out. A
    kid with a camera, is hard to say no to & people tend to light up
    around them. The lower & often unique camera angles are often
    incredible. Over the years I have never sold a digital camera but I
    have given them away to family members or friends, especially children
    & they love them & often get better pictures than I do.

    Maybe says a lot about how bad I am or hopefully just how good
    they are at seeing the world from a totally different/new respective.
    Either way, it's a win-win & I love seeing their pictures.

    A95 it difficult to beat for the money & it also is a feature
    rich camera "if" more control is desired. Lastly, yes I too own an
    A95 camera & use it for many things, primarily when I want or need to
    travel light (without my DSLR gear). The "C"ustom mode is great for
    pre-setting the camera focus & other settings for quick candid shots,
    no focus delays or possibility of error.

    Respectfully, DHB
    "To announce that there must be no criticism of the President,
    or that we are to stand by the President, right or wrong,
    is not only unpatriotic and servile, but is morally treasonable
    to the American public."--Theodore Roosevelt, May 7, 1918
    DHB, Apr 14, 2005
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    Ron Hunter Guest

    Cute, but you gotta teach him how to hold the camera. Grin.
    Ron Hunter, Apr 14, 2005
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