entry level choices for 11yo son?

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  1. thinqer33

    thinqer33 New Member

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    My son is beyond intrigued with photography. I've got him off doing his own research, but what does everyone recommend for a starting point for a budding photographer? Also - any good online resources for his age on photography?

    Thanks much
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  2. Andy Stanton

    Andy Stanton Super Moderator Super Moderator

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    It depends what your son wants to do. If he just wants to take snapshots of his friends any cell phone camera will do. But if he wants high quality shots I recommend a good point and shoot with a CMOS sensor. There are many on the market at prices ranging from less than $150 to over $500. The more expensive cameras are generally higher in quality. The top manufacturers of point and shoots are Canon, Nikon, Sony, Panasonic, Samsung, Fuji and Olympus.

    Two good ones I recommend are the Canon Elph 330 HS and the Canon SX510 HS.

    The Canon Elph 330 HS is small with a fairly long zoom lens (10x). It takes good looking photos both outdoors and indoors without a flash. It's very popular and includes many options but it does not let the user control aperture and shutter speed so it's not for those who serious about photography. It can be purchased for less than $150.

    If your son wants something with more sophisticated controls, giving him the ability to set aperture and shutter speed, the Canon SX510 HS is also very good. It has a long 30x zoom lens and manual exposure controls in addition to the options that are available in the Elph 330 HS. The SX510 HS is larger than the Elph 330 HS and somewhat more expensive - about $200.

    Here are some sample images:
    Elph 330 hs
    Flickr Search: canon Elph 330 hs

    SX510 hs
    Flickr Search: canon sx510 hs
     
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    KCook Well-Known Member

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