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Cheap camera for 9yr old?
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Posted 02 June 2012 - 11:19 PM
DS is going on school camp this week, he decided he wants to take a camera with him, only problem is mine cost me $300 and I'm not sending that with him LOL
Does anyone know where i can get a camera that takes decent quality photos but doesn't cost too much? My budget would probably be about $50, but really the cheaper the better. It's something that will get used more than just once but I really can't spare any more than that at the moment, it was a stretch just to be able to send him on camp.
Posted 03 June 2012 - 08:02 PM
I had trouble finding a really cheap one - also for my 9 year old to take on camp
I tried one of the large city camera stores and was advised that they didn't carry any under $100 as the quality would be dubious.
There are of course super cheap ones at places like Big W - I'm talking the $20 mark - but they looked like plastic rubbish to me.
In the end I found one on sale at Officeworks. It was around $50, but then I had to get a memory card and a little bag/case for it, so the cost did add up. It was worth it in my DS's case as he was already using mine and so I knew he'd use it.
Good luck with your search though!
Posted 03 June 2012 - 11:51 PM
I hadn't even thought to look somewhere like officeworks, will check there tomorrow though.
I would spend more if I had more to spare, but at the moment I don't. All my kids use my camera, over half the photos on it at the moment have been taken by my kids LOL
Posted 04 June 2012 - 12:09 AM
Big w has digital cameras for $49.88 they are 5 mega pixel . Probably not the best quality picture wise but they would do the job. They come in 4 or 5 different colours.
Posted 04 June 2012 - 02:07 AM
It is a shame you didnt have more time as you can quite often find some good ones quite cheap. We always insist on having a rechargable as it doesnt take long for them to chew through batteries! We picked one up for $70 last December at office works, I would have a look what they have.
Posted 04 June 2012 - 07:01 AM
I got disposable cameras for the early years camping. All they do is take photos of each others laying around in their dorms, pulling funny faces.
There's something my kid's like about developing film, too.
Posted 04 June 2012 - 08:17 AM
I go DD a decent one from K-Mart for around $60 and its a 12 mega pixel.
Posted 04 June 2012 - 10:48 AM
I got disposable cameras for the early years camping. All they do is take photos of each others laying around in their dorms, pulling funny faces.The only thing with this is that it gets a bit expensive. They'll cost around $15 each (flash is usually a few more dollars) and they will only take 24 shots (plus a few extras sometimes). Think the processing is included in that price. The only thing is that you don't know what sort of picture they are taking and it may lead to disappointment.
I sent my daughter with a disposable on her first camp and wish I'd sent a digital camera.
There are some pretty good cameras out there between $50 and $90. A 4 or 5 megapixel camera is more than adequate. The bigger megapixels are only better if you want to enlarge photos, not to print standard 6 x 4 or 7 x 5 photos.
Posted 04 June 2012 - 10:54 AM
We got DD1 a Nikon 12mp camera from Big W for $99, takes great photo's, that was at Christmas though but I'm pretty sure it was their regular price.
Posted 04 June 2012 - 09:10 PM
Thanks for the other suggestions
I ended up getting a 9mp camera from Kmart this afternoon for $39. It has a rechargable battery, easy to use, takes a micro sd card (which of course they didn't have any in stock so I have to go get one somewhere else tomorrow). The only thing I wouldn't want if it was a camera for myself is the fact that it only has 8 x digital zoom, but for a camera that it going to be used by my kids the fact that there are no moving parts is a good thing!
Soo, I now have one very happy 9yr old who can't wait for his one night school camp LOL It's a pretty good camp though, I wish I was going!
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