Although things have changed a lot, we have entered the time of communion and that is why there may be someone who asks what can be given to a boy or girl between eight and ten years old, or older if it is a birthday gift or similar. The fact is that, in these times, where kids have everything (or almost), it is really hard to know what to give them. However, as (in theory) it is still early for them to have a cell phone, it may be a good time to give them a camera and, hopefully, “inoculate” them with the bug of photography.
Because, in spite of everything, a photo camera is still an excellent gift for a girl or boy who can easily be attracted to the world of the image and may with a camera unleash their creativity. And, in passing, you may realize that your smartphone and tablet are not the only devices that can take photos .
As there is no perfect camera for children (as there is no camera for adults) and there are many models in the market, we have selected several of the main brands of the market choosing among several types. By the way, we have left aside child-type cameras like these because they understand that we are already talking about an age when they need a “serious camera”.
So our small selection consists of several models that could be called ” compact life “, among which we chose quite interesting cameras also usually available in different colors that make them more attractive. We have also chosen some cameras of action, because surely there will be those who want one of those that can be put in the water and are resistant to almost everything And finally we have also chosen two instantaneous cameras, since this sector that was so in vogue for years (and were a typical gift of communion) has returned to the present with renewed strength and can be an excellent option for kids and girls to experience the magic of photography. We go with them (in alphabetical order):
Canon Ixus 185
Canon Ixus have always been synonymous with small cameras but well finished and quality, good arguments when choosing one of these models to give to a child / who has a certain maturity. In this particular case we have chosen the Canon Ixus 185 model that comes in three elegant colors and offers very complete features for any kid (even for their parents): 20 megapixel sensor and 16x zoom.
Its recommended price is 116 euros but right now you can get (depending on the color chosen) for less than 90 euros on Amazon.
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Fujifilm Instax Mini 9
Our next proposal is the first of the two instant models we discussed. The Fujifilm Instax Mini 9 is part of a consolidated family and has a beautiful look , with five pastel colors to choose from. Includes a mirror to make selfies and is very easy to use. Just turn it on, put a wheel around the lens in the right position according to the light of the moment (indicated by the camera itself) and shoot. Soon we will have a “physical photo” in our hand to enjoy it.
Its recommended price is 70 euros (although Amazon is a bit cheaper) and you have to know that a pack of ten photographs costs around ten euros .
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Nikon Coolpix W100
Our first camera resistant to shock and water is this small Nikon that comes in several very bright colors (in addition to the model with marine motifs that we have put). As you can see, the Nikon Coolpix W100 is a fairly simple model ideal for kids but its features are more than enough: 13.2 Mpixel sensor, 3x zoom, Full HD video, submersible up to 10 meters and resistant to falls up to 1.8 meters high.
Its recommended price is 169 euros but right now you have it for 139 euros in El Corte.
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Olympus TG Tracker
Another model of action camera but this one more advanced, for older children (and very adventurous) in case you want a gift with which to leave them with their mouths open (and win them for life). As we told you, the Olympus TG Tracker comes prepared for everything (submersible up to 30 meters, resistant to falls from 2.1 meters, compression of 100 kilos and temperature of -10 ° C) and has a rather special and aggressive aesthetic, In addition to 4K video and a lot of features to use it in the most fun adventures.
Its official price is 299 euros in the version that does not include GPS (enough for children), although for a little more you have right now the version with location options in Amazon.
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Panasonic Lumix DMC-SZ10
Another representative of the most classic cameras but with quite advanced features for older girls and boys who want to take their travel camera. This Panasonic Lumix DMC-SZ10 has a sensor of 16 megapixels and 12x zoom, but surely the feature that differentiates it from the others (and that will most like the kids) is a 2.7-inch screen that is rotated 180 degrees to be able to make self-portraits.
Its official price is 149.90 euros, but right now it is fifteen euros cheaper at Amazon.
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The second representative of instant photography is a camera manufactured precisely by the brand that invented it, which now lives a second youth. The Polaroid Snap has a very compact design and comes in different colors. Its operation, how could it be otherwise, is very simple: Simply shoot and the camera is responsible for printing a hard copy (and allows another photo while printing the previous one). In addition, it has a timer and creative ways to take photos in black and white, with or without frames, in sepia or with vintage tones.
Its recommended price is 149 euros but right now you have it for 50 euros less in El Corte. By the way, a pack of 20 photos (they have a size of 7.6 x 5 cm) costs about 15 euros .
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Another representative of the action camera market is this very well-endowed model with which any parent will feel safe having an almost indestructible camera. The Ricoh WG-30 has a 16-megapixel sensor and a 5x optical zoom lens, but perhaps what catches the attention of the camera is the addition of six LEDs on the front and a way for the little ones to start observing of the microscopic world. Ideal for children who love nature.
It is a model that is not easy to find (there is already a more modern one, the WG-50 ), but now you can get it on Amazon for a very attractive price: only 200 euros.
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Our last recommendation is another classic model that will fulfill the expectations of any apprentice or apprentice photographer. Presented in four colors, the Sony DSC-W830 has as main powers a 20.1 megapixel sensor and an 8x zoom lens (signed by Zeiss , for purist parents) that ensure the image quality in an ideal pocket camera for take anywhere.
Its official price is 140 euros but, of course, you can get something cheaper at Amazon.
More information | Sony