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    • WLM21
    • By WLM21 29th Nov 17, 4:27 PM
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    Christmas Present : Camera fior a 9 year old
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    • 29th Nov 17, 4:27 PM
    Christmas Present : Camera fior a 9 year old 29th Nov 17 at 4:27 PM
    Our daughter in law has asked us to buy a camera for our granddaughter for Christmas.

    We don't have a problem with that (OK I do a little) as she has asked for this camera ..

    https://www.johnlewis.com/fujifilm-instax-mini-9-instant-camera-with-10-shots-of-film-built-in-flash-hand-strap/p3222347?s_kwcid=1dx43700026805518612&tmad=c&tmcam pid=1&gclid=EAIaIQobChMIn_fM1pjk1wIVcADTCh2T8QjdEA AYASAAEgIcAfD_BwE&gclsrc=aw.ds

    Being a film camera, with 20 pictures costing about £15 this will end up quite an expensive camera to be using.

    Surely everybody now (OK, not everybody) is using digital cameras. It just making viewing and sharing photographs much easier.

    We don't usually argue with suggested presents, but I feel this is worth a discussion. I can imagine a 9 year old girl taking 10 pictures (one film pack) in a couple of minutes ..having no real idea on costs etc

    What do folk think here ?

    thank you
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    • AndyPix
    • By AndyPix 29th Nov 17, 4:28 PM
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    • 29th Nov 17, 4:28 PM
    I agree ..
    Running with scissors since 1978
    • tacpot12
    • By tacpot12 29th Nov 17, 4:33 PM
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    • 29th Nov 17, 4:33 PM
    She will soon get an idea of the cost, especially if you discuss this with her.

    I would buy the camera, and a couple of extra rolls of film. Explain the cost per picture, and offer to buy a couple more films for her birthday if she wants them. I would expect your DIL will end up forking out extra rolls of films if your granddaughter is getting value from having real prints. There is plenty of time for her to have a digital camera, and she may value it more for having had the experience with the instax cameria.
    • WLM21
    • By WLM21 29th Nov 17, 4:45 PM
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    • 29th Nov 17, 4:45 PM
    ... and offer to buy a couple more films for her birthday
    Originally posted by tacpot12
    Seems fine to me .. December 22nd next year then
    • Robisere
    • By Robisere 29th Nov 17, 5:13 PM
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    • 29th Nov 17, 5:13 PM
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    • 29th Nov 17, 5:13 PM
    I agree that it is better to buy a digital camera, but: she is 9. If a 9 yo girl sets her mind on something, usually you are up against the Immovable Object. Suggest alternatives, with a good explanation, but be prepared for opposition.

    I have a daughter. And 2 granddaughters. They have all been 9 years old at some point, one quite recently. Stephen King wrote a familiar - sounding phrase in his book "The Stand" about a girl, describing the "I want line" that can come to occupy the space between a girl's eyebrows when her wants are compromised. I have seen that line more than once....
    There may be more than one way to skin a cat.
    But the result is always inedible.

    • iammumtoone
    • By iammumtoone 29th Nov 17, 5:23 PM
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    • 29th Nov 17, 5:23 PM
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    • 29th Nov 17, 5:23 PM
    the thing with that camera is, it is instant, that is what she wants.

    A 9 year old doesn't want to be plugging the camera into the PC and printing photos from there, she wants to see it print out straight away.

    On the other hand I agree its an awful lot of money for what it is and will cost a fortune in film. Plus 9 years olds are not great at taking photos so there will be a lot of wasted prints.

    If my 10 year old asked for one he would not be getting it.
    • cookie365
    • By cookie365 29th Nov 17, 8:30 PM
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    • 29th Nov 17, 8:30 PM
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    • 29th Nov 17, 8:30 PM
    'She' has asked for that particular camera?

    Does that mean the granddaughter has asked for it, or it's the daughter in law who's asked for it after googling 'cameras for kids'?

    Most 9 year olds I know are completely comfortable plugging stuff into laptops.

    The thing about a print camera is that once the picture's printed and you've all had a look after 2 minutes there's nothing more to it and it turns boring. How about disussing with your daughter in law about getting a cheap fun digital camera and some cheap/free fun photo editing software?
    • iammumtoone
    • By iammumtoone 29th Nov 17, 8:58 PM
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    • 29th Nov 17, 8:58 PM
    Most 9 year olds I know are completely comfortable plugging stuff into laptops.
    Originally posted by cookie365
    These instant cameras are very trendy at the moment.
    • LeeUK
    • By LeeUK 30th Nov 17, 11:01 PM
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    • 30th Nov 17, 11:01 PM
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    • 30th Nov 17, 11:01 PM
    What a rip off.

    Yes some instant cameras are trendy at the moment, the ones that also store photos in the cloud and allow you to share them on social media via an app on your phone etc. The kind that use Zink paper. Not some old school Polaroid clone from the 90s.
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