We gave Natalie her own digital camera for her 8th birthday last fall. It is always a treat to load her photos onto the computer and see what she has been capturing lately.
If you are looking for a beginner digital camera (for a child or yourself), I would highly recommend the Canon PowerShot A495. We have quite a few Canon cameras, and I think the picture quality is fantastic. All the photos in this post are straight from Natalie’s camera, editing-free. She has been really excited to see her photos and practice her photography skills.
We chose this particular one for Natalie because it is lightweight with simple controls. The LCD viewing screen on the back is large and clear, and there is no control wheel on top of the camera to get accidentally bumped into weird modes. The price can’t be beat (under $100), and Natalie loves the cool red color.
The camera also has some scene modes like Poster Effect and Super Vivid Color – we haven’t experimented with them yet, but they look fun! The camera doesn’t come with an SD card, so you’ll need to get one along with the camera. (We ended up with this one.)
It’s been fun to see her explore this new hobby, and it’s always nice to have another photographer around!