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Old 01-08-2004, 03:03 PM
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Re: same need but for a 6 year old

Originally posted by LindaJ
I've been thinking about a digicam for my 6 year old granddaughter. I'm not terribly concerned about megapixels - durability is the issue. Has anyone bought or made a padded case that would help reduce damage if dropped? My first goal is just to get her started taking photos. I've even thought about getting a used camera to keep the cost down.

I love to look at shots taken from a kid's-eye view. One of my favorite all-time pics is the turkey carcass shot taken by my stepdaughter the Christmas she received her first camera!

Why a digital camera for a six-year-old?
That's quite an expensive toy!

You can easily purchase those disposable cameras and get the pictures placed on CD, considerable a LOT cheaper than buying a digi cam for someone so young!

Then if she REALLY gets into photography, then think about getting her something she can use that won't break your bank or be too disappointing if she breaks it or loses it.
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Old 01-08-2004, 05:54 PM
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Hi JadeCat - I don't disagree with you on the expense part. She has used the disposables - the problem comes in when mom & dad have to get the film developed and see a series of nothing or blurs etc. That discourages further film/disposable camera purchase and experimentation. I was just trying to find a solution that would let her shoot pics. Many people are trading up so I thought it might be possible to find a used 2.1 megapixel that could be a good choice - they can be found for $125.00 or so and I expect the price to keep dropping. Only problem was the very high likelihood it will be dropped. Guess I'll wait awhile. I wish there was the digital equivalent of the Kodak Brownie!

Thanks for your note.

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Old 01-09-2004, 10:31 AM
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Maybe, rather than an indistrucable camera, you need a shock proof case. Something with so much padding it will take the abuse you throw at the camera.
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Old 01-09-2004, 01:31 PM
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My husband suggested I get some of those red rubber bouncy balls and fit them to the corners! Then it would just be a matter of the kid chasing the camera down the sidewalk! Boing!

Guess I'll keep mulling it over and let her use my camera when we are together.

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Old 02-03-2004, 05:33 PM
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A few rugged digicams

Nobody seems to buildign the rugged digicams anymore. Some of the waterproof camers have extra tough cases. The only camera that I could find that was specifically mentioned for enhanced shock resistance was a Casio GV-10. It is not very fancy and on the low end of the megapixels. Steves-Digicams has a review of it and stated the following.

"The Casio GV-10 is a very rugged little digicam and will be perfect for the "eXtreme Sports" folks out there. To paraphrase the old Timex adverts, "It takes a licking and keeps on clicking!" For those interested in a rugged camera that they don't have to "baby" and never print anything bigger than 4x6" -- the GV-10 may just be the ticket for you. There are only a few "rugged" digicams out there, others are the Kodak DC5000 or the Fuji Big Job"

The Kodak and the Fuji mentioned are both superior but I don't think you can find any of the 3 for sale anymore.

Ricoh announced a waterproof, rugged model in Jan Dec2003 called the Caplio 400G but it is not for sale yet and was announced only in Japan as far as I can tell.
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Old 02-04-2004, 07:46 AM
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I wonder if Nikon has contemplated a digi version of the Nikonos?
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