Though most cell phones have a built-in camera, cameras for kids are a great way to introduce children to the wide world of photography, without a smartphone. Photography encourages creativity and allows kids to capture, share, and edit moments and memories.
There are several considerations when choosing a camera for your child. Durability, picture quality, zoom, flash, ease of use, internal vs. external storage, battery life, and editing extras should all factor into the final decision. Your child’s age or experience plays a significant part in the choice. Durable, small cameras with simple controls are best for younger kids, while a lower-end “adult” camera may suit your older child. A lot of cameras include cool editing and effects right on the camera, which is a great addition to encourage long-term interest. The perfect camera will allow your child to share their vision of the world around them in an enjoyable, creative way.
Best Cameras For Kids
Polaroid Snap Instant Digital Camera
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VTech Kidizoom DUO Selfie Camera
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Ourlife Kids Waterproof Camera
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Dessports Kids Underwater Camera
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Kidwill Kids Camera
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Omzer Digital Camera for Kids
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Joytrip Kids Digital Camera
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A teenager will be delighted with the Polaroid Snap Camera that prints the pictures the moment it’s taken. The vintage classic is back with a modern twist and small enough to fit in your pocket. Integrated into the camera is ZINK printing technology. No toner, cartridge or ink required. A 2 x 3 inches smudge-proof automatically prints the moment the teen snaps the picture.
The camera has a built-in selfie-mirror to take selfie shots. It also has a timer when you want to be part of the group photo. Six unique picture modes reflect your mood, and the 10-megapixel sensor captures all the detail and colors when snapping a picture.
The camera comes in a variety of seven bold colors, including black, that has a more classic look. Buy the camera separately or with the paper bundles of 20, 30 or 50 sheets.
Printing takes less than a minute. The adhesive backing lets your teen stick the picture on most surfaces. Photos aren’t lost after printing them; it is saved for downloading on a computer. Expand the memory with a micro SD card 1-32 GB.
The Vtech Kidizoom DUO Selfie Camera is a dual camera with a front 2MP lens and a 0.3MP lens at the back to take selfies. It is an excellent first camera for your 3-year old and will keep them entertained up to 9 years old.
Even a beginner can take cool pictures with the Photo Optimization feature. When the child shoots a photo, the camera snaps multiple shots and saves the best photo. To line up a shot, the child can look through the viewfinder or at the 2.4 inches TFT color screen.
Three of the five built-in games are motion control games. Playing the games helps the child improve their motor skills which in turn assists them in gaining better control of their camera and taking better pictures. If the child is spending more time playing games than taking photos, the parental control feature limits game playtime.
The 16MB internal memory is expandable with the micro SD card. Kids can view and scroll pictures on the TFT color screen and don’t have to wait for parents to load the photos on the computer.
The wrist band is an excellent way of carrying the camera without it slipping out of the child’s hand. The digital camera is designed for durability and shockproof when the child accidentally drops the camera. The camera is also available in blue and pink.
Ourlife Kids Camera is an action camera that will shoot memorable adventure moments. Kids from 4 years old to teenagers may have fun with the various camera features. The self-timer function gives kids ample time to have the right pose before the camera snaps the photo automatically within the 5s/10s timer frame.
Beginners can practice taking a selfie or photo; the camera detects the face, and with the light suppression feature removes the background glare. The fill lights illuminate the dark surroundings when snapping a picture at night.
The waterproof case lets kids take underwater videos to 100 feet deep. Next time your kid goes snorkeling or surfing, they can take their camera with to create memories of their beach and diving adventures. With the versatile mounting kit, your child can capture their bike adventures and even take selfies while peddling.
The Ifmeyasi Kids Camera is specially designed for kids aged 3-10 years to take photos or record videos. The camera fits in their small hands and has two handles for grip and a neck lanyard. A soft silicone protective shell protects the camera against damage when accidentally dropped. The silicone material is safe for kids and won’t irritate their skins.
Transfer photos and videos to a computer using the USB connection or in real-time with Wi-Fi to a parent’s smartphone. Parents can see what photos their budding photographers took and at the same time, save the best ones. No need to purchase a memory card, the purchase includes a 16GB SD memory card. If that’s not enough memory, the camera does support a 32GB SD card too.
The 5MP image resolution and 1080p video resolution may inspire budding photographers to take quality photos and to display it on the 1.77-inch screen. Kids can listen to their favorite music with the MP3 function while taking pictures. The seven color filters and four funny frames add to the fun of creating imaginative and funny pics.
If your kid loves the water and wants a camera that looks “more grownup,” then the Dessports Kids Underwater Camera will be a great gift. Designed for 4-7-year-old kids, it is the right size for their little hands. The camera is professional IP68 waterproof which means your child can snorkel and swim underwater up to 10 feet while taking pictures or videos.
The camera doesn’t require a waterproof casing or cover; it has a waterproof plug to tighten and press in place.
With 5 Mega Pixel and 720P/30fps, video resolution kids can take great pictures and enjoy the results on the 2-inch HD IPS screen. Ten special effects and twelve funny frames may inspire imaginations to create the ultimate funny-peculiar picture.
A power-saving feature automatically enables power off if the camera isn’t operated for longer than a minute. The built-in battery is a 1000mAh rechargeable lithium battery. The battery takes about 2 hours to recharge.
Other features the camera has is listening to music with the MP3/MP4 player, challenging yourself with the three built-in puzzle games, a flashlight, continuous shooting, and delay shooting.
The Kidwill Kid’s Camera is a kid’s friendly camera for preschoolers to 12-year-old. With 8 Megapixel resolutions for photos and 720/30fps video resolution is professional enough to inspire budding photographers.
Choosing the frame from 29 built-in funny frames and sharing the result on the 2.8-inch touch screen may inspire more imaginative photo shooting. For the more serious hobbyist, the eight scene selections and two filters will help create their photographic masterpieces.
The 610mAh rechargeable lithium battery has about 2-3 hours of run time, which is more than enough for a pleasant photo session. A 16Gv TF card has the capacity to store thousands of photos. Transfer photos or recharge the battery by connection with a USB cable to the computer.
The Fujifilm Instax Mini 9 Camera kit is a great value bundle that has everything your child needs for taking and displaying pictures. The bundle consists of: the instant Mini 9 Camera; pack of 20 film sheets; PU leather case with strap; 64 pockets photo album; close-up selfie lens; four colors lens set; wall décor hanging frames set; 60 sticker borders; five creative frames; and six-holiday magnet frames.
Proudly display pictures of the family, pets and funny moments on the refrigerator with the magnet frames that won’t fall off. The printed pictures are credit-card-size with a glossy surface. Kids can decorate their rooms with the photos they took. Clips and strings are included for the hanging frames.
Beginners and younger kids will find the instant film camera easy to use. Automatic exposure, the macro adapter for close-ups and the flash give better results while they are still learning to use the camera. Photo quality is excellent and worthwhile to wait for the printed photo. Seeing their photos printed could inspire budding photographers to take more pictures and improve their technique.
Five fun color options to choose from The Fujifilm Groovy Camera Case has a flap closure and removable strap. The camera case protects the camera against dust, dirt, and the camera lens from scratches during transport or when not in use.
The Omzer Digital Camera for kids, aged 3-7 years, is a dual camera with 8 Megapixels for improved photo definition. The cameras come in six different colors, including camouflage. The video camera has 1920 x 1080P resolutions to create great videos and has a 4x digital zoom function.
Forty funny frames create funny and creative photos that will entertain the whole family. Functions include a self-timer, a flashlight, a date-setting, and eight scene selections. Included is the 16GB microSD card, card reader, and the rechargeable 3.7V lithium battery.
A protective shockproof shell and the non-toxic silicone material makes the camera safe and durable. The camera is designed for easy use with its compact size and lightweight. Kids can use the lanyard to hang the camera around their neck.
The environment-friendly Joytrip Kids Digital Camera is a dual camera with 8 Megapixels and a camcorder with FHD 1080P video resolution. Kids can have fun for 4-6 hours before the 1000mAh lithium battery will need recharging.
Replay the videos or look at the funny photos created with the 21 frames on the 2.3 screen that’s bigger than many other kids’ camera screens. The tracking feature recognizes faces for automatic shoots to capture the best moments. Multiple shooting methods include three consecutive shots, 5s timer delay, and the grid diagram for budding photographers that want to shoot the perfect picture.
The Kid Camera is made from a soft silicone material that won’t irritate a child’s skin. The safe design ensures a shockproof, durable camera that fits comfortably in small hands. Both front and rear lenses are inset to minimize scratches and bumps.
Included in the package is a lanyard to hang the camera around the neck, cute cartoon stickers, and the micro SD card reader.
Cameras for kids give young photographers the opportunity to capture and share their perspective of the world around them. Do you have a great kids’ camera? Share it with us in the comments below!
Feature image courtesy of Flickr, SodanieChea.