Just ordered one of these.
We can’t really afford it, but we’ll skimp somewhere else because it’s 50 bucks right now and we can’t afford NOT to get it for that kind of price.
We’ve been looking for a camera for the boy for some time. He’s had a toy camera (actually, he’s had two) that take real digital pictures, but they are notoriously unreliable, hard on batteries, and the photos they produce are awful. He asked for a “real” camera last summer, and during the holidays, and for his birthday, but we couldn’t find one that was any good that fit our budget.
Last year, he destroyed a Nintendo DS by leaving it laying around on the floor of the car in the winter. The infiltration of salty snow-melt water basically wrecked the guts. The idea of handing over another piece of near-100-dollar electronics to him causes a code-orange level of sphincter-puckering anxiety. I want him to be able to take photos, though - it was something that my parents gave me, even if they griped about processing photos and costs (and didn’t really support photography as a career - I’d like to think my life would have been different if they had).
So, I told him it was ordered for me and I’d let him use it. He’s going to have to take super-good care of it, because it’s just for him to use sometimes and it’s really my backup camera, so he definitely can’t break it.
Shh - don’t tell.