View Full Version : Electronics Need a decent digital camera under $200.

04-21-2008, 08:36 PM
I have found a couple of decent deals but don't know alot about them.

This is for my daughter. It will be her first camera, don't need anything too spectacular but I do want something decent. The ones I listed don't have many reviews...anyone know much about these or another brand? Thanks alot.

04-21-2008, 09:23 PM

04-21-2008, 09:31 PM
Can SD750 7.1mp and it will fit in your front pocket for 199.99

04-21-2008, 09:35 PM

A Canon Powershot A560 Digital Optical Camera.

Has 215 reviews, with 190 of them being a 4 or 5 star. The others are 1-3's

04-21-2008, 09:35 PM
Not a bad deal.


04-21-2008, 09:51 PM

04-21-2008, 09:53 PM
Without a doubt in my mind I recommend the Nikon coolpix s6. I about 5 of my immediate family members have it, and it takes GREAT pictures. The "newer" versions of the same camera w/ more megapixels don't even compare. Something I don't understand, but my sister takes photography quality photos w/ her's and you can find it online for about $150.

04-21-2008, 11:11 PM
(Via Photodoto.com (http://photodoto.com/kids-camera-buying-guide/))

My kids are naturally curious about photography having a shutterbug for a dad. I started them out tentatively with some disposable film models but those were unsatisfying. Too slow. No LCD screens. Kids aren’t known for their patience. Digital was made for them.

In this article I talk about why you should stay away from “made for kids” cameras and get a real camera instead. It’s easy to find a great camera that your kids and your wallet can be happy with. And by getting an actual camera instead of a toy, you’ll be buying a product that will last longer than a week and that has capabilities that your child can grow into over time.

Last Christmas I was looking at cameras specifically for my daughter who was seven. Fisher Price is notable for coming out with a model designed to be child-proof. Ha. As I’m sure most parents can attest, there ain’t no such thing as a child-proof anything.

The bigger problem with the Fisher Price camera and all other “made for kids” cameras is that the actual camera is utter crap (”made for kids” really means “made for landfill”). 640×480 resolution interpolated to 1.3 megapixels gives you images that look vomited rather than photographed.

I knew I could get better value for my money.

Every low-end digital camera in the sub-$200 range takes better photos than any “made for kids” camera. And with barely any moving parts all of them are already very rugged by design. Heck, I’ve dropped my Canon S50 a half dozen times onto concrete and it still works fine.

My criteria for a camera for kids were:

* Easy to use. That doesn’t mean unsophisticated or dumbed down. Just straight-forward design, big displays and buttons, minimal interface, and easy to understand icons and graphics for modes.
* Kid-sized. Kids’ hands are small.
* Good image quality and decent LCD screen size.
* Zoom and video capability.
* Expandable memory.
* Nice looking. Not intimidating.
* No additional software required. Lots of those super cheap cameras require you to load special software just to download the pictures. No thanks.
* Under $150.

There are literally hundreds of cameras that fit those criteria. I went with the Kodak Easy Share C613 with a 2GB SD card. You can get the Kodak with extra memory for about $80. Nice little camera. Perfect size for small hands, 6 megapixels, videos, zoom, and we got a neat little blue carrying case with a shoulder-strap to protect it. With the 2GB SD card, it holds over 650 photos. Another great feature of that camera is that it runs on two AA batteries (I use rechargable NiMH batteries). My daughter has taken hundreds of photos with it, taken it out on the open ocean and shot video of dolphins, and even started making some home movies with her brother. In short, she’s had a blast with it.

For a little more money you can get any of the cameras in the Canon Elph line. The SD1000 ($150), for example, is a 7 megapixel camera. All of the Elphs take great photos and are made for small hands. Every manufacturer makes cameras in this category. Check out these from Sony, Casio, Panasonic, Samsung, Nikon, and Olympus. Or browse hundreds of additional models.

Whichever camera you get you’ll also want to get an extra memory card. Memory cards are very inexpensive these days. I think I paid about $5 for a 2 GB card that can hold about 600 photos. You’ll also want to get a soft carrying case just big enough for the camera with an adjustable over-the-shoulder strap.

So what do you do with all the photos? I import them every couple of weeks from the SD card and tag them all “bykids.” We go through them together and she’ll ask for prints now and then. But mostly, she just likes shooting them. No Flickr account—yet.

As far as instruction goes, I’ve pretty much left her to figure out things on her own. I’ve shown her how to switch between automatic and video and the basics of taking photographs. But beyond that I’ve let her experiment. As Patton once said, “If you tell people where to go, but not how to get there, you’ll be amazed at the results.” Kids have an interesting perspective on life and a camera allows them to express themselves in a new way creatively.

I was concerned initially that my daughter would be disappointed with the Kodak, but in fact she couldn’t have been happier to have received a real “grown-up” camera instead of the same kids model her friends got.

Mr. Plow
04-22-2008, 08:06 AM
Just bought this one through Amazon for $230 including tax/shipping. Of course, I haven't even received it yet, so I can't vouch for it just yet. But, CNet had a nice review of it.