Can anyone recommend a Camera for an 8 Yeart old?

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  1. Mark Ward

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    My little girl is 8 next month and want's a digital camera as one of her friends has one.

    I'm after the best camera I can find new for £80 top, less if possible as I'm sure it won't be her only present.

    Bear in mind it'll be a child using it so built in lens cover would be quite a good idea. Also, as we already have a spare memory card for our Canon Powershot S40 a Canon type memory camera would be an advantage, though by no mean essential .

    Any advice on what to buy & where? I'm looking for real bargain deal here.

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    I see the cheapest price for that camera is at Amazon which I placed an order Friday and received Monday. What I call good service. :smashin:
     
  4. Mark Ward

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    Thnakd for the replies, I'll have a good look at the specs on that Camera.

    I did spot a Praktica DCZ3.2 at Empire Direct here for £69.57 which is a 3.2 MPixel, but can't seem to find any reviews.

    Would the 2MPixel Olympus be a better buy?

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    NO optical zoom mark on praktica. The Olympus is x3 got to have a camerA with optical zoom mate. 2mp will print 6x4 prints all day. I'd take the the optical zoom over the extra mp anyday. This explains things.

    "The optical zoom feature on a digital camera works just like the zoom feature on a film camera -- the lens actually extends to make distant objects seem larger and closer. (On some cameras, this lens extension is invisible, because the lens body is mounted inside the camera, for compactness.)"

    "But the camera companies try to confuse digital-camera buyers with something called "digital zoom." This is nothing but a computer trick that blows up a portion of the picture. And this gimmick has a price: It lowers resolution, and in many cases, it can make for a grainier photo. If a camera boasts only digital zoom, it doesn't have a real zoom capability at all. If it says it has a combined 12X zoom, but only 3X of that is optical, then it really has a 3X zoom. I don't recommend relying on digital zoom, but I do recommend a 3x optical zoom for family photographers."
     
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    Have to agree with the guys here - that Olmpus is the best camera I can find for under £80 - just remember to factor in the cost of any additional memory/batteries you may need.
     
  7. Mark Ward

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    Looks like the Olympus then :) I've got a few weeks to see what offers turn up:)

    Cheers,

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    What about the Nikon Coolpix 2200? That's about 80 odd quid.
     
  9. Mark Ward

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    Does it offer any improvement over the Olympus?

    I keep hoping a reasonable 3MPixel solution will come up as a "special" in the £80 range.

    Cheers,

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    OK, I've really got to buy this week as birthday is 2 weeks away.

    Is the Olympus still the best option for sub £80 camera?

    Any REAL bargains been spotted out there?

    Would the Yakumo Mega Image 37 3MPixekl & 3xOptical Zoom be worth the extra £5? Not sure about obscure branded cameras.

    Cheers,

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    Er... no.

    I presume you have looked at internetcamerasdirect, fotosense.co.uk etc etc ?

    Matt
     
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    Mark stick with the Olympus mate. Its a better all round, better built camera.
     

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