My nephew Shayan shall be 8 end of this month. He is a very bright and inquisitive boy, and I would love to introduce him to digital photography. I am looking for an entry level digital camera that takes AA batteries, easy to use, inexpensive and not too big for the hands of an 8 year old. His father is a computer geek so showing him the basics of a digital camera (having read the instructions) wouldn't be a major problem. The aim of this purchase is to get him interetsed in photography, technology and create acceptable pictures that his doting grandparents would enjoy. Whatever camera I get I shall get a 512MB card and donate my nearly new lowerpro compact camera case. Basically, this will be his birthday present. I have been looking on amazon.co.uk and have narrowed down my searches to the following entry level digitals - Fuji FinePix A500 Digital Camera - 5MP, 3x Optical Zoom (59 UK pounds) Canon Powershot A430 Grey Digital Camera -4MP 4 X Optical Zoom (72 UKP) Nikon Coolpix L4 Digital Compact Camera - 4 MP 3 X Optical Zoom (70 UKP) Samsung Digimax A503 - Red Digital Camera [5MP] (70 UKP) Kodak EasyShare C433 Digital Camera ( 4MP, 3 x Optical Zoom ) (59 UKP) Perhaps the choices above are a little too advanced for an 8 year old? Below this price range I have also found a few where the cheap price does make it more attractive for an 8 year old. Vivitar V4100 4MP Camera - 1.5" Screen (30 UKP plus delivery) Vivitar V5385 5mp Digital Camera - 3x optical (47 UKP plus delivery) So for the moment I am toying between the Fuji Finepix A500, Kodak Easyshare C433 and Vivitar V5385 as something that he could start playing with for the moment and then do a little more for the next couple of years. However, if he is going to use it as a toy then surely the 4MP Vivitar V4100 at 30 UKP is the best thing and maybe in a couple of years time I could look for something a little more advanced? Some sensible advice on this is very much appreciated particularly from parents who have similar aged children! Thanking you in advance.