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which digital camera for a 5 year old child?

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Initial post: 3 Nov 2009, 12:59:41 GMT
Justin says:
I have seen the specialist cameras for children, such as V tech, and none seem to produce good quality pictures, so I am looking for a digital camera which will not break if dropped, but is not necessarily extra durable, just good enough for my 5 year old!

Posted on 23 Nov 2009, 09:24:56 GMT
D. K. Cain says:
My two children have vtech, and I agree the image quality is poor, but this is only an introduction camera for kids thou. I would do research via google, but I'm not aware of any camera that is kid proof apart from vtech. Best of luck thou. Ps. We just gave my daughter who's nearly 6yrs, my very old 3megapixel camera and she does look after it. Merry Xmas.

Posted on 9 Dec 2009, 11:28:15 GMT
Leicanother says:
My kids have all had "lagging technology" from a car boot sale.

Started with a 2.3mpix Olympus camedia (tough shell case - needs a screen protector on the back, though) - cost £5 when she was 5, lasted until she upgraded to a sony 6mpix last year - cost £7 (she's now 7).

I found that vTech can actually put my children off photography, due to the poor quality (of the pictures - not the product build).

We've had one broken screen along the way (eldest daughter, about 10 years ago), but they do get the message very quickly that its a delicate instrument and it needs looking after. Since then, no problems.

(Its a very transitional problem, as a lot of kids now get mobiles by the time they are 10 years old, with cameras that knock the spots off a vTech one).

Posted on 23 Dec 2009, 21:28:24 GMT
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Posted on 7 May 2010, 00:12:30 BST
Onibaba says:
A Cheap one.. :-)

Posted on 26 Jun 2010, 23:51:48 BST
P says:
Make a list of 5 cheap ones, and then let the child pick - they'll look after something they've chosen better than something just given. Just don't encourage a girl to pick a pink one! (I hate this "if it's for a girl it must be pink" thing How long before we encourage girls to watch the television channels that have a pink logo? "And now, news for girls - all read by someone wearing pink." All news guaranteed fluffy. Grrr)

Posted on 27 Jun 2010, 23:37:25 BST
How about a touch camera? - One like the Olympos, Fuji or Pentax? They are probably more expensive but they will last forever! And the image quality isn't too bad either

Posted on 2 Aug 2010, 13:21:25 BST
Last edited by the author on 2 Aug 2010, 13:35:05 BST
Peter M says:
get a fairly cheap one in case the little darling breaks it!
kids somehow always get fingerprints on the lens, so don't get a top-of-the range model, as that lens is going to get cleaned quite a few times!!
my daughter has been using a bottom end sony compact (6 megapixel, with a 3x zoom, c. £70 new, a few years ago) since she was about 6 (she is 8 now) - it was her mum's, but we like to share stuff!
she loves the ability to shoot little movies too (even though they often come out oddly - very "avant-garde" angles)
the biggest problem she had was sometimes not holding the camera steady enough - best answer to that is to get a camera with a stabiliser! (but they cost more)
she is more practiced, and better now :-)
(and her mum's new camera has a fancy stabiliser too!, which she loves, but it is a Panasonic ZX1, and costs £150 plus!)

unless you have a little einstein on your hands, get a camera with a nice "all auto" setting, too !
the "junior" cameras seem rather too expensive for their limited abilities, that's why we went for a "basic" regular camera.

for colour - my daughter chose the colour of my wife's new camera, and she chose silver because it looks less flashy, and in her opinion is therefore less likely to draw attention and get nicked :-) (not bad for an 8-year old!) (the colour choices were red, blue, silver, black - i would have had the blue!)

My daughter was using (occasionally) my Digital SLR from about age 7, using the "auto mode" and "liveview" screen. Under supervision, of course. but it is a bit big and heavy for her, so she usually uses one of our two compacts - the 6mp sony has now been handed down to her, and is officially "her" camera, although she can borrow the others when she needs them (with shouts of "keep your fingers off the lens!" and "be careful with it" from me!!)

In reply to an earlier post on 19 Mar 2011, 09:14:52 GMT
Hitachi HDC570 5MP Compact Digital Camera

In reply to an earlier post on 21 Mar 2011, 11:22:22 GMT
Last edited by the author on 21 Mar 2011, 11:42:32 GMT
Shame on you Martin for blatantly advertising your funny little toy camera.
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There seems little to commend this camera - no zoom, not a make known for making cameras and a low resolution sensor. I bet you could do better for similar money.

Posted on 25 Apr 2011, 11:13:15 BST
For 5 years old child, you'd better get the cheapest one you can find until they can show a keen interest and will not drop it.

In reply to an earlier post on 13 May 2011, 00:39:32 BST
I've looked at kids' cameras and frankly I don't think they're worth the money. If the results are really poor a child may lose interest. My daughter will be five in August but I may have to act sooner-I've just bought a Lumix TZ10, and she's fascinated by the movie mode. I can't let her play with it the way she used to with my hardy film compact so I'm going to buy her a simple and inexpensive camera of her own. The pictures will have to be of at least reasonable quality because she will notice the difference, so I'll probably aim to spend about £60-£70 quid. Have you thought about second hand? I may go this route and then upgrade her if the novelty doesn't wear off in a couple of days. I'm also going to investigate child sized or adjustable wrist straps.

Posted on 27 May 2011, 17:28:23 BST
E. P. says:
My 5 year old son has a vtech camera and he loves it. He like the funny features and games that come with it and he takes some fairly good photos now that he understands the importance of keeping it still. He took his camera to Austria skiing this year - it went up the slopes with us, on day trips etc and took some really funny shots - his view of the world. 4 AA batteries lasted a fortnight too.
If it's for a 5 year old, I know you can get cheap proper cameras, but sometimes stuff designed for kids actually appeals to kids - we have had this camera for a year and it's been a great purchase.
My daughter had a proper camera for her 10th birthday - it's nice to let them have something more grown up as they get older, rather than push them to be old before their time.

Posted on 27 May 2011, 17:30:11 BST
E. P. says:
Sorry - just to add - his vtech has a zoom facility and it makes movies too.

Posted on 4 Jun 2011, 21:39:41 BST
Peter Piper says:
I let my kid use my oldest digital camera. It's fixed-focus, 1mp, eats battteries and is sloooow (circa 2000), but I don't care if he breaks it. I'll get him a new one if he does, but he hasn't broken it yet! :-D

Posted on 31 Oct 2011, 20:25:08 GMT
Marksp says:
My 4 year old uses my 7d or a 450d. he holds it very carefully and takes really good street pics with it. he uses a 50mm prime as the other lenses would make him fall over. he has his own strap that leaves the camera at chest height and i sit with him - it is something we do together - sitting on my lap taking pics of people doing their shopping. Strange to watch someone with the the usual attention span of a gnat spend minutes framing a picture with live view. he got bored with the VTECH as the printed output was dire then he had an old Ixus. Seems strange but he is so much more careful holding my camera - he knows it is mine and he knows it isn't a toy

Posted on 27 Nov 2011, 21:29:47 GMT
can anyone recomend a good tripod for a dslr, i dont have a clue about theese buying as a present! good quality for a good price?

In reply to an earlier post on 29 Nov 2011, 10:07:46 GMT
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In reply to an earlier post on 22 Feb 2012, 12:13:23 GMT
Faban Msrsam says:
video or both. If video you need a pan and tilt head. For stills a ball head is often preferred.
Personally I favour a pistol grip and prefer the 'A' at £80 including head. It doesn't have a separate pan control on the head that comes with

In reply to an earlier post on 22 Feb 2012, 16:32:19 GMT
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In reply to an earlier post on 16 Mar 2012, 08:12:00 GMT
HP1485 says:
for a 5 year old????

In reply to an earlier post on 17 Mar 2012, 08:24:09 GMT
I think that either someone hijacked the thread or thought that a tripod would be a good way to hold the camera so a child could press the shutter

Posted on 17 Mar 2012, 09:59:58 GMT
W. Green says:
I bought my grand daughter a Fugi finrpix S 1850 as she was showing real signs of being a natural. I bought the camera from Comet and took out extended warranty for 3 years as she was only 7years old she did manage to crack the LCD but they put a new screen for her great. She's still on auto at the moment but every thing is there when she's ready to try some of the manual settings, she use's a tripod and the picture quality is excellent, the camera is very light, and she love's to out with me on a photo shoot, I let go at her own pace so as not to force her, this way she enjoys takeing pictures with no pressure.

In reply to an earlier post on 30 Jul 2014, 11:57:32 BST
Jelly says:
There is nothing wrong with a girl who likes pink. I would love an adults pink DSLR. It is a colour for goodness sake. People and children should be free to make their colour choice and if that is pink, so be it.

In reply to an earlier post on 27 Sep 2014, 00:05:08 BST
The only trouble with bright camera colours is that they draw attention which may be a disadvantage when trying to take candids.
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