First off let me give you a little background on my son. He is eleven and is somewhat careful this things (but not always.) I didn’t want to purchase something too advanced, but I wanted something like he could grow into over time instead of out off quickly.

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We recently had the opportunity to try out Sony mirrorless cameras and while they were very different than my Canon there were some amazing feature that I really liked on them for young learners and ultimately those feature won me over.

I knew he didn’t need an expensive camera or the latest and greatest model. I bought a Sony A5000. It has all of the features I thought he needed without being overkill. This camera doesn’t have a viewfinder which honestly if it were a camera for me would bother me. He didn’t mind. I actually have a “loupe” that is like a viewfinder I can put over the LCD screen. This would only be an issue on bright days when the sun would make it difficult to see the screen. I thought about retuning the camera and purchasing a a6000 that has a viewfinder but the cost different was more than a loupe. So if you find this to be an issue I would just find a loupe on amazon. This one is about 18.00.

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I really liked the electronic viewfinder. In my Canon when I look through my viewfinder I am essentially looking through glass. If I fiddle with my exposure I don’t see any realtime changes. But with an electronic viewfinder or with live view, as I change my settings I see the result. This is great for our Lightseekers because they can quickly make real time adjustments.

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I liked the wireless features in the camera too. I don’t think they are critical for my son because he has to have instant sharing abilities, but I don’t necessarily want him to have to use my computer to share his images. I thought this would be a simpler “kid workflow.”

The camera was light weight and small. While my son is almost as tall as me I wanted something that both he and my daughter could use and their hands are smaller and not as strong. The size is really ideal for them.

I opted to not get the kit lens that comes with the camera and bought a 50 1.8 lens for him. I love this focal length. It works great for indoor and outdoor shots. It is also night in low light.  I feel like he can get more creative with this lens. Plus… when I am shooting with the camera I wanted something I would like!

I bought a used camera off of Amazon warehouse. As I mentioned above he is pretty responsible but also a little forgetful. Overall, I spent about 500.00 for a used camera body and new lens. I liked that if I wanted to upgrade the camera body the lens would still fit on a more expensive body.

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In conclusion, even I was overwhelmed by the choices and had to really like about what he needed in a camera. I ended up purchasing a camera that I could use as well on the go.  I liked the video abilities of Sony cameras and felt like this camera could pull double duty for him and me.

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