Buying a Nikon Coolpix L10: That Boy Sure Can Save!

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A few months back, Son #1 decided that he wanted a digital camera. But he didn’t want a cheesy little toy camera. Rather, he wanted a “real” digital camera. He’s very passionate about nature and wildlife, and really wants a decent little camera to take pictures of all the stuff that he runs across during hikes and other miscellaneous adventures. He’s also gotten interested in taking family pictures.

There’s no way he’s going to touch my Nikon D80 and, while we occasionally let him use my wife’s point-and-shoot camera (an awesome little Casio Exilim EX-S600), he doesn’t have free reign. Thus, he’s decided that buying his own camera is a small price to pay for increased autonomy.

The main problem is that he’s nine years old, and money doesn’t grow on trees. This meant that he was going to have to save up and shop around. Well, this past weekend he made it. A combination of Christmas money, allowance savings, and random earnings for going “above and beyond the call of duty” (e.g., crawling around under the house for about five hours helping me improve our vapor barrier) was enough to finally put him over the top.

After looking around at the options and reading a ton of reviews, we settled on the Nikon Coolpix L10, which can be had at Amazon.com for just under $107. Add to that a protective carrying case and he’s good to go — we already have rechargeable AA batteries and a charger, as well as and an old SD memory card kicking, so he didn’t need those. The total bill came to just over $125 with free shipping and no tax.

Needless to say, he’s totally thrilled. We’ve been tracking his order ever since it shipped, and he’ll soon be free to snap pictures whenever and wherever he wants. The Nikon Coolpix L10 also takes VGA videos (with sound) which is equally exciting for him.

While this is an extravagant gadget for a nine year old kid, he saved up for it himself, and it’s a fairly wholesome thing, so we gave him the green light.

Published on April 12th, 2007 - 9 Comments
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  1. That’s impressive! Tell him congratulations; that is no small feat to save up for at his age. Hell, it’s no small feat to save up for at my age!

    He must be very stoked about getting it. Chances are very good that he will take much better care of it than he would have with either your camera or your wife’s camera, since he had to save up for it himself and he knows just how tough it was to get it.

    Comment by Blaine Moore — Apr 12th 2007 @ 9:40 am
  2. Awesome job! He should be so proud of himself. I also remember that when I was little and bought something with my HARD EARNED DOLLARS (I liked to throw that phrase around), I took much better care of it then if my parents bought it for me.

    Tell him, “Way to Go!!”

    Comment by Amy — Apr 12th 2007 @ 10:08 am
  3. Excellent. Sounds like he’ll have a healthy relationship with money as he continues to grow up.

    Comment by Flexo — Apr 14th 2007 @ 7:01 pm
  4. good for him. i still fondly remember my first > $100 purchase, a Lego pirate ship. i think it’s still in my parents’ basement somewhere.

    Comment by jpsfranks — Apr 14th 2007 @ 8:57 pm
  5. That’s great! He’s going to treasure it and take really good care of it since he bought it with his own money. I still have the first bicycle I bought with my own money in high school. I love the damned thing too much to get rid of it even though it takes up too much closet space. It’s still useable and just looking at it brings back a lot of memories for me.

    Comment by mapgirl — Apr 16th 2007 @ 11:42 am
  6. Very cool. And it’s great that what he chose to buy is something that could lead to a lifelong hobby or profession.

    Comment by bluntmoney — Apr 18th 2007 @ 7:39 pm

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