It's probably less necessary that you stick with the same brand but it may make it easier to learn both cameras if they are the same or similar models. Clearly it's worth considering models that use the same storage and batteries - although if you have one that uses 2 batteries and one 4, I'd suggest keeping the batteries grouped to keep usage and charging consistent...
For the wife's camera as long as you stick to the major manufacturers, the only thing you have to ensure is that you get enough megapixels to make good 8x10's. Just about every camera in your price range will have an automatic option, so they are all easy to use. Build quality won't vary much at all, nor will image quality. Don't go below 3mp's, consider getting 4. Buying 5mp's or more will just increase cost and file size, and require more memory in the camera. As for the son's within your price range, there aren't a lot of choices in cameras that are substantially more durable than the average.
You might look at the Sony DSC-U60, which is water-resistant/ruggedized, and can be ordered at prices just under your limit. It is only a 2mp camera, which is fine for prints up to 4x6, and certainly more than enough for computer use. Check out the Steve's digicams website for a good review. If you get one of these, it would be quite easy to find an additional Sony that would meet your specifications for the wife's camera. Phil..
Looking for a simple digital camera for a child8 years old. Am looking at the Olympus D-540, Kodak easy share cx 6230, nikon coolpix 2200, or maybe one of the hp photosmart cameras. any suggestions, would like to keep it under 150, anticipate most pictures 6 x 4..
Can someone suggest an easy, < 150 entry level digital camera for a kid. 8 year old. mostly for scenes, people, and if I know him, bugs!!..
Down at the local Wal-Mart, one can find cameras from Olympus, Nikon, Fuji, and HP for just under $150. These are 3.2mp with 3x zoom (Nikon may be 2mp, I think it is the 2200). Any of these basic cameras will meet your needs - one just has to decide what type of memory card and battery type they prefer. Since the build quality is essentially the same, it doesn't really matter which one you get. Personally, I would get the one that includes rechargeable batteries. PhilR...
You'll want to read the following article. It describes the top 10 digital cameras on the market going for under $300. http://www.basic-digital-photography.com/top-10-popular-digital-cameras-under-300.html Regards.