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Generally a good camera
on January 6, 2011
I got this camera for my son's 9th birthday. He has an autism spectrum disorder, and this camera is very easy for him to use. A memory card is needed, (sold separately) but I was able to find an old one of mine that worked fine. The handles on the sides make it easy for him to hold, and the buttons are big and colorful and placed where he can easily push and remember which ones which. It also seems very durable and hopefully will stand up to a few drops on the floor. It has an automatic flash which is good and bad. Good because he doesn't have to remember to use it, bad because if he's too close the picture will wash out or blind someone. But he doesn't care, he mostly has taken pictures of his toys and stuff around his room. Being digital, bad pictures can easily be erased. It turns itself off after 60 seconds of non-use, which I think is good for battery life, but I wish it stayed on for maybe 3 minutes before turning off. It also makes noises when any button is pushed. He doesn't care, but as a parent they are annoying. We haven't used the editing software that comes with it yet so I can't rate that. The batteries and memory card can only be accessed with a tiny screwdriver, so if taken on a trip, plan ahead. I guess this is to keep the kid from getting at them, which was a fair trade in my opinion. Overall, a good starter camera for a young or special needs child.
***Add-on*** You need to buy a memory card for this camera. It only comes with about enough memory to hold a few pictures.