best digital camera for a 7 YO?

Discussion in 'Photography Board' started by mtquinn, Jun 4, 2011.

  1. mtquinn

    mtquinn DIS Veteran

    Feb 3, 2009
    My DD will be turning 7 this fall, and she is begging us for a digital camera. Ok, except there are a million to choose from, and I am lost.

    Can someone please recommend a good point and shoot, easy to use camera? Does it take a long time to recover between pictures? Do you have to get the camera pointed just right, or can you just take a pic and the camera will compensate? Is it easy to print pictures?

    Any thoughts are appreciated! TIA
  2. poohfriend77

    poohfriend77 DIS Veteran

    Jul 20, 2007
    My DDs each got a digital camera when they were 4. We looked at a lot of the kids' models (more like toys) and they were JUNK, imo. We went with the Kodak easyshare. It was super easy for her to use. Just put it in "auto" mode, and she has taken some pretty decent pictures! And of course, the most important feature is that it came in pink. :rotfl2:

    We just upload the pics onto our computer and order prints from Wal-Mart or somewhere, but I know Kodak has the whole docking station/printer that would make it easy to do if you print from home.

    My mom bought my younger daughter a cheap model of another brand. The pics were awful, and it was more complicated to use. We immediately returned it for another Kodak Easyshare. The girls are 8 and 6 now, and both cameras are going strong!
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  4. PrinceCharmingsMom

    PrinceCharmingsMom DIS Veteran

    Apr 8, 2008
    Another vote for a Kodak DS started playing with mine @18 months and I did alot of research about kids cameras and they are mostly toys not really for quality so I ended up giving my DS my Easyshare and he loves it..Great quality and easy to use
  5. dawnn12

    dawnn12 Mouseketeer

    Jun 9, 2008
    my dd who is now 7 has an easy share and its great... my other dd whos 12 started with an easy share and is now into nikons(I have a d5000 and she takes great pics with my dslr camera but I cant see getter her a better camera then I have:rolleyes:)
  6. Theosus

    Theosus Homeschool Valedictorian

    May 30, 2011
    "Santa" got my daughter a Kodak Easyshare last year when she was 7. I don't remember the model or anything. It runs on AA batteries (a BIG plus for a point and shoot - you can find them everywhere, and don't have to worry about chargers and the like). Get a big memory card - 8gb or so, and they can shoot forever. My wife just got a little nikon s3100, and with an 8gb card it will hold 1600 photos.
    The easy share is a bit big, good for small hands that need something to hold onto.

    Don't fall for the megapixel hype! More does not equal better. Megapixels sell cameras, thats it. Is was a big deal when cameras went from .4mp to 2mp... but these tiny point and shoot things with 14, are really no better than when they had 8 or 10. the improvements in processing time and dynamic range are the big things, NOT megapixels.

    She might do well with a camera with a lot of "scene" modes. So she doesn't have to fiddle with shutter speeds and apertures and such, a lot of P/S cameras come with built in pre-programmed "scene" settings - i.e. sports (fast shutter speed), fireworks (long exposure times), portrait (hightens flesh tones), landscape (saturate blues and greens so skies and trees look better), back lit (fires the flash so shadows disappear), etc. etc.

    For the love of GOD - do NOT install the easy share software on your PC. It will take over your computer worse than AOL ever did. Throw the disc out. No - break it in half, then throw it out. Maybe burn it.
    Just plug the camera in and drag the pictures over. You don't need special software to deal with flash-based cameras.
    Windows will handle all the printing pretty easily. You can even go to photo section, upload and print directly from the house, just go to walmart and pick them up the next day. Given the price of ink, it might be just as cheap to let walmart do it for you.
    You get out what goes in - so if she tilts it at a weird angle, thats what you are going to get, but the nice thing is memory is cheap, and you can delete the crappy pictures. She can also see what she is doing, and hopefully will learn what makes a good picture, and a bad one.
    Im not sure what kind of software is out there to do image manipulation. I use photoshop, which is pricey for beginners, and way overcomplicated. The kodak disc might have some on there, but i don't know, because after installing the beast at work, I decided to never let it touch my computer at home.
    You might want something that lets you crop, remove redeye, fix white balance, color correct and fix saturation, etc.
    Look at the adobe stuff - if you have a friend thats a teacher they can get BIG discounts on things like photoshop elements - $69 i think for a $300 program.... Just ask them to buy it for you. I love teachers....
    There's something called light room too, but I don't know much about it.

    IF you have an iPad - photoshop has a free version that will do some pretty basic stuff like cropping and fixing brightness, contrast, tone, etc. Theres another app called filter storm that will let you do other stuff, and even add text over the top of pictures. I use it on the go to watermark my images (just check my blog and you'll see a few with watermarks) before posting them places.

    photography is a fun hobby, glad to see you getting her a camera. Unlike the film days, all your screw-ups don't cost a thing...
  7. mykidslovesdisney

    mykidslovesdisney DIS Veteran

    Aug 30, 2006
    We have purchased our DC now 8 and 10. Casio L18 and Canon power shotA495. I love the pics from each camera. I have used many of the DC pics in our photobooks. Very easy point and shoot. Has a great zoom too. Very compact. DS10 loves taking videos w the camera too.

    We purchased DS12 a kodak easyshot camera --many many years ago-- such a piece of junk. I would stay far away from kodak.

    Both cameras we purchased were between $80-$100. We did buy DD8 a warrenty on her camera from best buy bc her orginal Casio L18 was ruined by dS3. She bent over outside w. the camera on her wrist and he poured a bucket of sand on her hand. that was the end of the camera. :eek:

    Good luck with your decision.
  8. 3pletprincesses

    3pletprincesses DIS Veteran

    Aug 25, 2010
    I got my DDs samsungs PL 60. they take really nice pictures and are easy to use. I think I paid around $50 each at wal-Mart.
  9. acrayon

    acrayon Earning My Ears

    Sep 10, 2010
    I have Nikons that I bought with a grant for my first grade classroom. IMO batteries get eaten up in it though (I use both regular batteries and rechargeable batteries). I would have preferred something to plug in and charge. We got my son (5) a Nikon at Target on Black Friday (but it was a birthday present for him in March) that has a special battery that you plug in---and that battery only needs charged right now! and we've used it daily. In my classroom, those batteries need replaced quite often if I do not take them out when kids are not using the camera.

    We paid $70-80 for it (on sale). I think in that range most cameras are good for that age range. Kodak, Nikon and Cannon are all good names.
  10. pointandshoot

    pointandshoot DIS Veteran

    Aug 25, 2002
    Depends on budget, level of interest your child has in photography/art, what you are comfortable with, and what your child might like to shoot.

    I started my daughter out with disposables at age 3. Around age 7, I bought her a Nikon D40 with kit lens. She shot it on Program. She tried a digital point and shoot and got frustrated with shutter lag and ability to zoom in on subjects. She likes to shoot animals, nature, etc. She has won several photo contests in and out of her age group and gone on to oil painting as well. She uses her photos to capture subjects she later paints.

    If your child wants to grab snaps of friends and some vacation photos, a point and shoot will do. If you think they may have higher interest, spend a few more dollars on something she an grow into. If it breaks, so be it. If they find their artistic voice, it was a small investment.

  11. photo_chick

    photo_chick Knows a little about a lot of things, a lot about

    Mar 1, 2007
    It really depends on the child. How responsible they are, how interested they are in learning about photography vs. just pushing the button, how tech savvy they are and how much you want to spend.

    I got my DD a more advanced p&s (Fuji s1000) back when she turned 8. If DSLR's had been priced then where they are now I'd have bought her a DSLR instead and it might have ended up being a waste on her. She is like her dad and prefers to just point and shoot even though she knows how to manually set everything. She also likes the small size of her Fuji and some of the semi-automatic modes it has that my DSLR's don't have. My son is a different story. He's a tech head like me and has been using my old Rebel XT since he was 7. He likes having all the control and wants his own DSLR.

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