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P&S for teen - $330 range
Need a point and shoot for a teen....

He will thrash it a bit... Will be taking it snowboarding, dirt biking, and so forth....

Was looking at the casio ex v8 or the nikon s51c... both in the $330 range....

Any ideas or thoughts?..

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I have had good experience with my 4MP Canon A80 P&S and would recommend Canon for these types of camera. For thinner profile, Canon SD series are quite popular, for a little thicker profile, the A series may have better image quality. The A series is quite affordable, I would get one from that series if replacement cost is an issue...

Comment #1

Im assuming size is an issue, especially if he will be carrying it on him while doing those things.id reccomend the canon sd series as well..

If you can go a bit bigger id go with the canon a series and pay special attention to the models which will be able to take him falling on it.good luck..

Snow season is approaching, I'm very excited ..

Comment #2

Oh boy, Canon fanboys all over the place. The SD are overpriced average vanity cameras..

Get a rugged camera, it's very nice not to have to care about melting snow on your gloves and stuff like that. Olympus and Pentax make them. Fuji also has one, but it's expensive and hard to find..

Thehickoks wrote:.

Need a point and shoot for a teen....

He will thrash it a bit... Will be taking it snowboarding, dirtbiking, and so forth....

Was looking at the casio ex v8 or the nikon s51c... both in the $330range....

Any ideas or thoughts?..

Comment #3

I can recommend the panasonic fz50. I use mine for lots of outdoor and sport shots...there are 1 or 2 sports examples at my pics blog below. If you visit the panny forum you will see others raving about this cam..

It has a great lens (35-420) and is compact enough to take anywhere.

Happy huntingliamhttp://coolpix.shutterchance.com/archive.php..

Comment #4

Pentax W or Olympus SW series cameras will likely hold up best. The Pentax W30 and Olympus 790SW are the most current models. I've used the W20 as a knock-about camera for outdoor family and school events, and it's held up well to all kinds of foul weather, being used (and dropped) by wet and dirty young hands, being drooled upon, etc. Still works great and looks like new...

Comment #5

The FZ-50 is far too big!.

Liamb wrote:.

I can recommend the panasonic fz50. I use mine for lots of outdoorand sport shots...there are 1 or 2 sports examples at my pics blogbelow. If you visit the panny forum you will see others raving aboutthis cam..

It has a great lens (35-420) and is compact enough to take anywhere.

Happy huntingliamhttp://coolpix.shutterchance.com/archive.php.

Fuji Film S9100s9100/s9600 Flickr Group:http://www.flickr.com/groups/37994085@N00/..

Comment #6

The FZ50 is NOT compact and is not a camera for a teen using it while snowboarding and to be trashed a bit...

Comment #7

Canon A650. It has creative modes, a 1/1.7" sensor, IS, and the flip screen is amazing too. I have the A620, which I loved (user friendly as well), and would've upgraded to the A650, but I just ended up getting into DSLRs..

NOT compact, but I prefer better pics over compact-ness and having a huge LCD screen (most LCD screens have horrible resolution anyways, so what's the point?)...

Comment #8

Get a case too, anything can take more of a beating that way...

Comment #9

I know two people with the Olympus SW series cameras and they like them. One is a fisherman and that is his main reason to get it.Check out Best Buy or Cir City to see if they carry them..

What ever you get it might be with getting a "Covers everything protection".

Good luck and keep us posted..

Jrtrent wrote:.

Pentax W or Olympus SW series cameras will likely hold up best. ThePentax W30 and Olympus 790SW are the most current models. I've usedthe W20 as a knock-about camera for outdoor family and school events,and it's held up well to all kinds of foul weather, being used (anddropped) by wet and dirty young hands, being drooled upon, etc.Still works great and looks like new...

Comment #10

IMO the best option out there for an "indestructable" camera. The newer 790SW is lower spec'd and we don't know of the image quality yet. The SW series is "average" image quality - nothing spectacular but nothing off-par..

I use the E-1 and 14-54mm lense for snowboarding - the next indestructable setup from Oly.Tim'Be the change you wish to see in the world.' -Mahatma Gandhihttp://www.flickr.com/photos/timskis6/..

Comment #11

Mmm...that is a valid point but I must say that I really don't find it a mission to carry around and the quality and versatility of the lens vs much smaller cams makes it worth it...

Comment #12

I missed something earlier in this thread I think relating to the word compact...true it's not compact but I disagree on how much of a beating it can take. Mine has been dropped, rained on (and pls don't lecture me on looking after my camera), used on boats, been hit by skateboarders, licked by horses, pecked by ostriches...its still goes 100%.

However I do see your point that a pocket size camera may be the ticket here. Having has a pocket size number myself I take the bigger camera any day.

Happy snappingLiamhttp://coolpix.shutterchance.com/archive.php..

Comment #13

I just recently bought my girlfriend a canon powershot SD750 and it takes great photographs... I got the 750 for $288 with tax from circuit city.. but I think B&H sells it cheap as well..

Its 7.1 megapixels, and has a huge display in the back. Im not sure how well it would do getting banged up a lot though...

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