Going camping and will give my soon to be 9yr old
My A100. It's still like new with only 8k clicks on the shutter. I use A100 for port and LS. The A700 is just faster than the A100 and I get a far superior hit rate. I hope he likes it as it will be a surprise. He loves looking at pictures on the iPhones so maybe he will love taking pictures too.
A100, A700, Sony 16-105, & 35/1.8, Minolta 50/ 1.7, and Tamron SP 70-300mm f/4-5.6 Di & 55-200