If you are looking to purchase a camera for a tween or teen as a gift, what should you look for? You probably do not want to get a very expensive camera as they might not properly take care of it. You do not want to get them a camera that looks too much like it was made for little kids, either.
There are several brands of point and shoot type cameras that will work nicely for the teenager or pre-teen in your life that are affordable. What will work best for the budding young photographer are features that adjust to different types of situations such as low light, bright light and shadows, in other words a point and shoot camera as a way to grow into features neither an iPod or a smart phone has built in. Look for fewer buttons for them to have to figure out, too. Some of these cameras have a video recording feature too.
|Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W610 14.1 MP Digital Camera with 4x Optical Zoom and 2.7-Inch LCD (Pink) (2012 Model)
A nice digital camera option for Teens to use. There are five color options for this camera: black, pink (shown),green, blue and silver. Optical zoom can perform up to 4X and with 14.1 megapixels for the images captured. The camera also features a sweep panorama mode. A teen or tween will love the ability of this camera to detect up to eight scene conditions that will be automatically adjusted to. It even has a soft skin mode that will reduce visible blemishes or wrinkles.
|Canon PowerShot A1300 16.0 MP Digital Camera with 5x Digital Image Stabilized Zoom 28mm Wide-Angle Lens and 720p HD Video Recording (Silver)
Teens will love this digital camera not only for the great photos that they can take but it also has a video recording option so that they can make their own videos to share on YouTube or just with their friends. A nice feature on this camera is the viewfinder that allows for looking through the camera for the shot. So, much easier to see in bright sunlight. The camera can zoom up to 5X and has auto settings for 32 predetermined situations while shooting a picture. It is reasonably priced so that it is appealing as a gift for a tween or teen who wants to get a little more serious about learning photography.
|Nikon COOLPIX S3300 16 MP Digital Camera with 6x Zoom NIKKOR Glass Lens and 2.7-inch LCD (Silver)
A thin styled camera that is perfect for smaller hands and provides some nice features for the budding teen or tween photographer. Comes with an AC adapter charger so that they will not have to worry about having batteries on hand. The optical zoom can go up to 6X and they can record HD videos with this camera. Something else that is nice for kids is that there are not a lot of buttons to have to figure out on this camera. Basically they can point and shoot and the camera makes corrections for specific situations. A memory card can be added to this camera but is sold separately.
|Olympus VG-160 14MP Digital Camera with 5x Optical Zoom (Orange)
Perfect for the beginner photographer with auto features that detect 30 different settings to adjust. Record videos or take still shots, it is all easy with this little camera at an affordable price. Can zoom up to 5X and has a wide angle lens.
|Vivitar V7028-PNK 7.1 Digital Camera with 4.0x Optical Image Stabilized Zoom with 1.8-Inch LCD (Pink)
A nice camera choice for the pre-teen, tween or teenage girl who wants to take pictures of her very own. The pink color will be most appealing and the more compact size will fit her hands a little better. The camera features an auto flash option that can be turned on or off. She can correct for red eye and white balance, too. Compatible with both PC and MAC for convenience in uploading her pictures. The camera does require 3 AAA batteries that are not included with your purchase. Offers both internal and external memory for storing pictures. Boys can use this camera, too because it does come in a black option for them. Well, unless they particularly want a pink camera.
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