This is what ds1 wants for his birthday!
He is very mature for his years but i can't help thinking that a camcorder is a teenagers present and that kids should be kids playing with KIDS stuff for as long as possible iyswim !
I might buy a secondhand one - lots advertised in local paper usually. I don't see why you shouldn't encourage him to be a filmaker - move over Steven Spielberg! I see your point about it being a teenager's present - your call there! Maybe promise him one when he starts secondary school or something.
I think so. It could turn into a great hobby/interest. I probably wouldn't buy anything too flash or expensive at his age though; and may look at second hand possibly. But it is an interest I would encourage if I could afford to.
We bought a new one before our recent travels specifically so the children could use it, and they all have, particularly dd2 who is 9. I wouldn't have got it for one of them though - it's ours in name even though we rarely use it. I don't like starting out on expensive presents - you can never go back!