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Best first camera for an 11 year old?

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Todd Meyers
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Best first camera for an 11 year old?
May 19, 2014

My daughter turns 11 in a few days, and has recently decided she wants a camera.  Not an iPhone, but a camera.  She is looking for an outlet for her talent and creativity.

I want to encourage this, but considering her age, and the fact that she has only recently expressed such an interest, I am not quite sure how best to proceed.  Basic P&S?  Used DSLR kit?  One of the newer mirrorless models?  It probably doesn't make sense to spend much or present her with something intimidating, but I still want to give her the best opportunity for photography to become a passion.

Anyone have any advice to offer Dad?  It'll be much appreciated.

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