Good camera for 4-year-old?

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  1. stoddarj

    stoddarj TPF Noob!

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    My 4-year-old son just loves taking photos with any type of (digital) camera you give him, so my wife was thinking about giving him a cheap ($50-$100) camera for his birthday. My wife did some research into "children's" cameras, and many people said that we would be better just buying a cheap digital p&s for him. Obviously, the image quality doesn't really matter for the time being, since he really isn't going to be able to manipulate it properly anyway. I think durability is probably the most important feature, followed by price. Ideally, something with a recessed lens would probably best so that it is less likely to be broken. It certainly doesn't need to be new, either. So if anyone can remember a particularly durable older model for which it would be worth looking, I'd be interested in that. Thanks in advance for the advice.
     
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    This has come up before elsewhere. My feeling is to locate a pawn shop or camera shop that takes trade-ins or buys older P&S digitals from the pubic, and buy the child an older P&S camera.

    Wrap a little bit of thin closed-cell foam around the camera body if you're afraid the child will drop the camera, or at least pad the baseplate. it mivht not be pretty, but closed-cell foam adds a lot of protection. Make sure the child knows how to use the neckstrap or wrist strap. If you want to hide all the foam, let the child plaster high-quality stickers all over the camera.

    Used P&S cameras are available for $30-$50 at one pawn shop I frequent, and these were, a few years ago, $300 P&S models.
     
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    I agree -- find a used P&S .... I gave my kids a 1MP when they were little and they had a blast and took some good pix. Hell, I had a Brownie when I was a little kid and then you had to pay to have film developed.
     
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    usayit No longer a newbie, moving up!

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    I would get a used P&S that is shock and water proof/resistant.

    My 2.5 year old has my wife's Olympus Stylus 720 SW. He fills the card with loads of pictures of his toys. It's been dropped, thrown and dropped in a pool. Perfect for a kid.
     

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