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.