It’s a great feeling to see your child take up the same hobby that you’re interested in. For most of us here, that would be photography. But what’s a good camera to start a kid with?
If you’re like me, nothing less than a 1DX Mark II will do. Realistically, while that camera is a pretty tough one and can survive a tumble or two from small hands, it might be out of the budget for many parents. That’s where photographer and YouTuber Chris Winter’s handy YouTube guide comes in.
In looking for camera ideas, many of the videos I saw had all manner of strange bots reading articles to me. They also made some questionable choices such as an Intova Duo, which, while cheap, won’t really make it easy to create high-quality images with a 5-megapixel sensor of questionable origin and a fixed-focus lens. If you’re a photographer, you probably want something that a child can grow into.
Winter's offers a few options that are much more appealing to photographers, from the obvious cell phone (my kid gets distracted by the apps, so this one doesn’t really work for me) to the not-so-obvious: giving a kid a Fuji Instax in 2018 is a brilliant way to get them to really think about what they’re shooting when it’s a slower process to watch the photo develop before your eyes.
There are also, of course, the requisite older DSLR mentioned and some other options I wouldn't have thought of, such as a GoPro Hero, something that's rugged but can also take good photos.
In addition to the suggestions from Winter, I'll offer another one - I gave my son an old Canon PowerShot SD1300 IS I had lying around. It’s the distant ancestor of the Canon PowerShot Elph 180. It has surprisingly taken a lot of abuse, and after a short time using it, my son even figured out how to keep his finger off the lens. If he breaks it, I won't be too worried, since it hasn't been used in years otherwise.
What do you think of Winter’s picks? Check out the full version of his list at this link. Do you think there are better options for kids? Leave your thoughts in the comments below.