How To Buy A Kid A Camera

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My seven year old son, Ben, took this picture.

It's true.

Look at that framing!  The composition!  The vision!

I'm big into photography and use my Canon EOS often...for work and play.

Due to my interest, I'm sure, my boys like to take pictures, too....but mom isn't so keen on allowing them to mess around with her fancy camera.

They had "kid's cameras"...bulky contraptions with a colored plastic look.

Don't get me wrong, they were fun while the boys were really young...but, now they're ready for something a wee bit more sophisticated.  To me, those so-called "cameras" were toy-like...not exactly the perfect mechanisms for taking quality photos.

So, what to do?  

I surfed the internet researching "the best kid's cameras"...and came up with a couple of reviews.

I found this great article (with a pretty funny title) and agreed with the author.

Pre-schoolers probably need a "kid's camera"...but, once a child turns 7 or so, and shows an interest in photography, I think a simple adult version will do the trick and produce better pictures for the budding visual artist.

At birthday time, I asked our smart, industrious Gram to find good cameras for the guys.  She hit all of the big electronics stores, asking questions and checking out models.  She decided to buy them each a Vivitar Vivicam TO27, a small camera that is affordable and easy to figure out. She bought cases with shoulder straps in an attempt to ensure that the boys won't lose the new purchases...and voila, we have budding photographers who are super excited about their new hobby.  Sure, we've got a bunch of shots of Sam's lips, a few close-ups of Oscar's fur and some random, crooked views of our house...but there are some amazing shots sprinkled in!

Have you bought your child a camera?  How did you go about it?


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