9 year old buy help!

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David Lal Forum Pro • Posts: 12,418
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hikerdoc wrote:

My 8 year old grand daughter is asking for a camera, recommendations requested by my daughter in law. I had given an entry level Nikon to the young lady’s then 10 year old seemingly very mature cousin a year back. Seeing how it lasted but a couple months in her hands I suggested a serious but rugged camera for my grand daughter. There are several reasonable options in the DPR buying guide for waterproof cameras. My advice now: 8 or 10 is just too young for an ILC. With lenses on and off the sensor will be dirty and damaged in little time. The camera will be dropped, it will be wet, it will have a dog licking the lens, etc.

These are all very wise comments. To what extent will a child see a camera as a toy rather than an instrument? I suppose children are different though. Decades ago, at the age of 8 years old, I was very careful with my first camera - even cleaned the lens and viewfinder (with surgical spirit) from time to time.

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