Choosing the Right Camera for Your Child from Summers Photography – Wokingham Photography Courses.

If your child has recently started showing an interest in photography and you are thinking about buying them their first camera, there are a few things you need to consider. As a parent you probably know that a kid’s interests can change tomorrow, next week or even next year but the good news is that you can still support their new hobby without breaking the bank.

Here are our top 7 tips for choosing a camera for your kid.

  1.  Choose a camera that will enable your child to learn the basics quite quickly. Make sure that the controls and buttons are manageable and that the size of the camera is suited to the size of their hands. The menus should also be logical, easy to read and have intuitive icons that are easy to understand.  From experience, the Canon entry level series are some of the best learner cameras on the market.
  2. Children love to experiment and tend to learn faster when they can do so. An entry- level DSLR camera will allow them to adjust exposure settings such as ISO, shutter speed and aperture. Interchangeable lenses are also a great learning tool but definitely not essential as a beginner.  Our beginners photography courses are suitable from teenagers upwards; under 16’s are required to either bring a friend or family member to join the course too.
  3. When deciding on a camera for your child, take a look at the screen. It should be large, bright and have great color reproduction. It should also be easy to use both indoors and outdoors as there is nothing more frustrating than not being able to see your images clearly on the screen due to bright sunlight.  With the modern DSLR’s, this isn’t much of an issue; it is the older 2nd hand cameras from the mid 2000’s that had the issue with poor screens.
  4. Ensure that the sensor resolution is good enough and meets your specific requirements, especially if you want to print larger size images. In most cases a 10- 14 mega pixel camera is a sufficient for an entry level photographer.
  5. As a first time photographer, your child will want to keep practicing so it’s important that you are able to extend the camera’s memory using a SD/SDHC memory card.  Most camera’s take the SD camera card, some mid-range cameras will take the Compact Flash (CF) card. You can purchase a good size memory card for around £10-20.
  6. Next come the accessories. Your child will want to download their images from the camera onto a computer for editing so a USB cable will be an essential accessory if connecting via the camera.  As a professional photographer, we would recommend an entry memory card reader as it is a safer way to transfer data.
  7. If you aren’t sure that a brand new camera is the best route to go as your child pursues their interest in photography you can also look at buying a secondhand camera instead. Ask around because many photographers may be willing to sell an older model camera. Be sure to find out about all the camera’s features and any extras that it might come with before making the purchase to ensure that it meets your specific requirements.  Online 2nd hand websites are good, but please ensure you find out who you are buying from and check their reviews.  Most camera shops will have a used section, T4 Cameras and Wex Photographic are both good for used equipment.  Check in your local camera shops too as you may find a bargain!

If you have any questions feel free to contact us through the website or send an email to [email protected]

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