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Help for picking a camera for a 10 year old

by untjeb / December 7, 2006 3:23 AM PST

I have been looking at digital cameras that have video capabilities. The camera is for a 10 year old that likes to make movies with his toys. He also likes to take still photos when we go on trips. I would like to get him a camera that is below $200. Another reason to get him a camera is to get him away from using mine. I have looked at the Canon PowerShot A80. Any other suggestions?

Thank you

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10 year old photographer
by snapshot2 Forum moderator / December 7, 2006 7:32 AM PST

I doubt that you can find a new Canon A80.
It was released in Aug of 2003.

A camera equivalent to the Canon A80 is the Canon A540
And you get more camera for less money.

The A540 sells for under $200 and produces excellent photos.
Good video capability 640x480 at 30 frames per second.

Don't buy the A530, because its video capability are less.
(only 10 frames per second).

Here is a look at the A540 compared to the A80:


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Canon A540
by untjeb / December 23, 2006 12:47 PM PST

I purchased a Canon A540 for the 10 year old. Thank you for your suggestion and help. I will find out tomorrow how he likes it and how well he uses it.

Thanks again,


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I like the A540
by BowerR64 / December 24, 2006 4:10 AM PST
In reply to: Canon A540

I like the A540, its a nice camera for a decent price. It is a little slow on refresh times but the quality is good.

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