Hi. I’m shopping for a relatively cheap (<$200 US) digital camera for my 10-year-old son for is (only!) Christmas present. I want it to be something that he can use right away and also develop with a bit, so am looking for one with a fair bit of manual control and a zoom of at least 4x. I’m in the US and will probably buy from Costco b/c of their return policy, among other factors. They have a few seemingly decent ones in this price range (costco.com/Common/Category.a … c1&topnav=), and I’ve pretty much narrowed it down to these two: Canon A540 (6 MP, 4x zoom) and Kodak C875 (8MP, 5x zoom).
Feature-wise, the Kodak is the clear choice and is even $10 cheaper. The nice thing about the Canon is that , well, it’s a Canon. My digital camera is a Canon and I’ve been very happy with it, and apparently the DIGIC II is a great processor.
Reviews haven’t been of too much help to me in deciding. Any of you out there have any experience with either of these cameras. Short of that, any reason why I should choose the Canon over the relatively feature-rich Kodak? Or is there another camera in this price range I should be considering (doesn’t have to be from Costco)?
Any insight would be greatly appreciated!