What’s the best cam­era to give my kids?

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AGuru’s eighth law of gad­getry states that if a de­vice is made specif­i­cally for the kids, the guts of the thing will be lack­ing. Thus brightly coloured cre­ations like the VTech Kidi­zoom (£45) ex­ist, do­ing dig­i­tal cam­era work with min­i­mal flair or skill. Vir­tu­ally in­de­struc­tible it may be, and cheap enough that the youth’s nat­u­ral de­struc­tive traits can bust through its de­fences with­out up­set­ting any­one too much, but it’s un­likely to in­still much pho­to­graphic am­bi­tion in de­vel­op­ing minds.

De­pend­ing on your kid, a more ad­vanced rugged cam­era might work (the shock­proof Nikon CoolPix W100, at £120, even comes in bright colours) or you could even con­sider some­thing like a GoPro Hero 5 (£400) or one of its nu­mer­ous com­peti­tors if they want some­thing im­per­vi­ous enough to strap to a scooter. Ex­trav­a­gant, maybe, but if Guru is buy­ing some­thing for his offspring to briefly ob­sess over and then dis­card, he’d damn well bet­ter want to ‘bor­row’ it later on.

above Hey, how do chil­dren now own bet­ter cam­eras than we do? We’re adult pro­fes­sion­als!

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