But speaking from experience, you'll likely soon find that once the time comes to make an actual decision, things start to get difficult.
Why is it so hard to get the best cameras for kids then? After all, shouldn't it be simpler since you don't have to worry about getting sophisticated gear with state-of-the-art upgrades? Well yes, and no.
Yes, because it is actually "simpler" than, say, getting the right camera for filmmaking. At the same time, though, the very fact that there are a good number of choices available to you also inserts a degree of difficulty into the task.
And then of course there's the fact that you'll have to ensure to sort by age range, ease of operation, and then of course the digital and film options to choose from.
Now you start to see just how challenging the task can be. But don't fret just yet! Since you're here, your decision is about to get a whole lot easier.
We have provided below the ten best cameras for kids, taking an extensive consideration for all categories, and selecting the ones we know will give you and your kids the best value your money.
10 Best Cameras for Kids
10. Vtech Kidizoom Duo
Camera Type: Compact | Resolution: 5 megapixels | Video Capability: Yes | Zoom: 4x | Color Availability: Blue, Pink | Age Range: Pre-schoolers | Powered by: AA batteries x 4 | LCD: 2.4"
A quintessential "first ever camera" for kids, the 5 megapixel Vtech Kidizoom Duo is the latest in the line of a highly successful kid camera series that is widely recognized as one of the best entry-level cameras for kids out there today.
Physically, it has the vibrant and colorful exterior that is to be found in most kid cameras, available in both pink and blue colors. Its buttons are big and obvious, and its controls easy to figure out.
It is also solidly built with an oversized rubbery exterior for shock absorption, because let's face it, these are kids; the cameras will suffer its fair share of falls.
In terms of technical features and specifications, the Vtech Kidizoom Duo has a 5 megapixel resolution, 4x digital zoom, a 2-inch LCD and five built-in games to keep your kid occupied.
It comes equipped with 256MB of memory and is compatible with external microSD cards that you would obtained separately if need be. Other features include integrated flash, self-timer, video recording, and MP3 player capability.
The camera is powered by four double A batteries which provide significant lasting power. All in all, the Kidizoom Duo is a terrific entry-level gadget for kids, especially the really young ones who, need a relatively fun and friendly introduction into the world of cameras.
9. OurLife Kids Camera
Camera Type: Compact | Resolution: 8 megapixel | Video Capability: Yes, FHD 1080p | Color Availability: Blue, Pink | Age Range: 4-12 | Powered by: Li-ion battery | LCD: 2.4"
OurLife Kids Camera has enough physical toughness to withstand any onslaught brought its way, less than a full-on smashing to the ground. As such, it can be said to perfect for kids who aren't too gentle with devices.
It features a waterproof case, making it perfect for a family outing to the pool or the beach.
Ergonomically speaking, the device has enough features to ensure easy and convenient handling. For instance, it comes with a silicon case inside which the camera can be placed for easy grip and handle.
It is available in both pink and blue colors, with a flamboyant look that most kids would be proud to carry around and show off.
Technical-wise, the OurLife Kids Camera has a 180-degree rotating lens, 8 megapixel resolution, and a self-timer to make self-portraits easier.
Another particularly impressive feature of the OurLife Kids Camera is its video capability, which is a significant upgrade from this list’s previous entry thanks to its Full HD 30 frames per second recording ability. To cap it all off, it features a 2.4" color LCD screen where you also have a few lively frames, filters and photo effects.
All these, along with its fill lights, face detection focusing, and light regulation, make the OurLife Kids Camera a strong option for your kid, and a worthwhile purchase.
8. Joytrip Kids Camera
Camera Type: Compact | Resolution: 8 megapixel | Video Capability: Yes, FHD | Zoom: 4x | Color Availability: Blue-Yellow, Pink-Yellow | Age Range: 4-12 | Powered by: Rechargeable Li-ion battery | LCD: 2.3"
Joytrip Kids Camera, like the OurLife Kids Camera, offers 8 megapixels resolution, high-quality photos, and ergonomic design. The only difference being that the Joytrip camera offers a much, much simpler design.
If you or your kid are into minimalist designs, then this device will be a perfect fit.
Sure, it comes in two color variations, which is the Blue/Yellow and the Pink/Yellow variations, but this is about all it has when it comes to exterior decorations.
Its build is simple but effective. Its buttons are big enough, and on the whole its physical appearance reminds you of a very beautiful video game. It is safe to say your kids won't be parting with it any time soon.
Moving on to the technical specifications, as mentioned earlier the device offers a resolution of 8 megapixels, quite enough for kids photography, a 4x digital zoom, and an impressive 2.3" color LCD screen.
In terms of video recording capabilities, the device isn't bad at all, offering full HD videos at 30 frames-per-second continuous recording.
There is also an 8 megapixel alternate camera for selfies, automatic facial recognition, smile detection, an array of colourful frames and filters, and microSD card compatibility to make storage easier.
The Joytrip Kids Camera is powered by a 100mah Li-ion battery which is rechargeable and capable of shooting for as long as six uninterrupted hours.
7. Kidwell Kids Camera
Camera Type: Compact | Resolution: 8 megapixel | Video Capability: Yes, HD | Zoom: 4x | Color Availability: White-Blue, White-Pink | Age Range: 3-12 | Powered by: USB rechargeable Li-ion battery | LCD: 2.8", touchscreen
Is it hard to find the best camera for kids? Yes, yes, it is quite hard, actually. And one of the main reasons for this is because it is very easy to dismiss the subject as something you could do without putting much thought and effort into.
Next on our list of best cameras for kids is the Kidwell Camera, another camera on the list with a quite minimalistic yet highly effective design. Effective at what, though, you ask?
Well, thanks to the simple yet beautiful exterior, it is something kids in its age range will be attracted to, it is ergonomically designed for easy use, and thanks to its game-like design, it is also sure to catch their attention for a good amount of time.
Now that we're done with the exterior, the Kidwell Kids Camera also has a lot of highlights in terms of overall performance. An example of this is its large 2.8" LCD display, which is touchscreen capable and no doubt the most impressive on the list so far.
Oh, and it doesn't quite end there.
The device is capable of burst shooting, time-lapse shooting, and 4x digital zoom. And when you factor in that you also get a self-timer mode, a flashlight, and 29 funny frames to choose from, it starts to become clearer that this may be the most adorable entry so far on the list.
Other impressive features of this device can be found in its high-quality final images, HD video capability with 30 frames-per-second recording, and a strong battery life.
The Kidwell Kids Camera is powered by USB rechargeable Li-Ion battery and comes in white-blue and white-pink variations.
6. Fujifilm Instax Mini 9
Camera Type: Compact | Color Availability: Cobalt Blue, Ice Blue, Smokey White, Flamingo Pink and Lime Green | Age Range: 13 to Adults | Powered by: AA batteries x 2
The Fujifilm Instax Mini 9 kids camera has something no entry on our list have had so far-nostalgia. What do we mean by this? Well, most of the entries have generally gone with a more modern look in terms of physical design, but not the Instax Mini 9.
The Instax Mini 9, quite daringly, chooses instead to go with a more vintage Polaroid camera look, only it manages to stay super cool by embellishing this look with an array of beautiful yet salient colors like cobalt blue, ice blue, and lime green, amongst others.
Also, it is not just in aesthetics alone that the Instax Mini 9 drew from Polaroid inspirations. The entire workings of the camera, too, is quite nostalgic. Instead of working with digital sensors and setups, you shoot on self-developing paper instead!
Not only do you get an educational advantage to this, you also get something truly unique in a digital age. So how does this work?
Well you take a photo, the paper ejects, self-develops, and within a couple of minutes your final image is ready, and you feel like you're back in the 90s.
Technical-wise, the device has an ISO of 800, set shutter speed of 1/60s and four adjustable apertures of f/127, f/16, f/22 and f/32.
The final result of all these is a quite unique camera with high-quality images that may not be quite as appealing to young children, but would be appreciated by teens and adults in need of something different.
5. Fujifilm FinePix XP140
Camera Type: Compact | Resolution: 16.4 megapixel | Video Capability: Yes, 4K, FHD | Zoom: Optical, 5x | Color Availability: Yellow, Blue, Black | Age Range: Older kids, teens | Powered by: rechargeable Li-ion battery pack | LCD: 2.7" | Lens: 28-140mm f/3.9-4.9
Speaking of something different, the Fujifilm FinePix XP140, while not quite as nostalgic as the Instax Mini above, also possesses its own fair share of unique features to make it genuinely stand out among the host of kids cameras out there in the market today.
An example of this can be found in its reliable build quality. Right from the exterior, it is obvious that this camera was built to be rugged. And for those familiar with its predecessors in the Fuji line, you'd know just how strong the cameras in these series are, and the FinePix XP140 is just a continuation of this.
It is waterproof up to 82 feet, shockproof to 5.9 feet, dustproof, and even freeze proof. Only thing breaking this camera is a full-on hammer assault.
Okay maybe that's a little exaggeration, but obviously this device was made to absorb any pain that could be inflicted on it. And it does it to an impressive level.
Its merits, though, transcends its mere ruggedness. In the technical side of things, this device is just as impressive.
It sports a high-resolution sensor of 16.4 megapixels, 28-140mm focal length, smile detection function, 15 frames-per-second continuous shooting, and 5x optical zoom.
When it comes video capabilities, the device remains just as solid. You can shoot 4k videos with it at 30 frames-per-second and export your files easily thanks to its Bluetooth capabilities.
All in all, this is camera that gives your kid not just really high, impressive overall performance, but also dependability and reliability.
The Fujifilm FinePix XP140 is powered by a rechargeable Li-ion battery pack.
4. Nikon COOLPIX W300
Camera Type: Compact | Resolution: 16 megapixels | Video Capability: Yes, 4K, UHD | Zoom: Optical, 5x | Color Availability: Black, Camo, Yellow, Orange | Age Range: Older kids, teens | Powered by: rechargeable Li-ion battery pack | LCD: 3.0" | Lens: 24-120mm f/2.8-4.9
The Nikon COOLPIX W300 and the Fujifilm FinePix XP140 arguably possess the most similar characteristics of all entries on the list. Among the closely related features and specifications offered by both include high-quality 16 megapixel resolution, 4K video resolution capability, and 5x optical zoom.
Oh, and, there's the immense ruggedness we talked about earlier. Just like the FinePix XP140, the COOLPIX W300 is also dustproof, waterproof at 100 feet, freeze proof and even shockproof to 7.9 feet.
The difference between both devices is almost imperceptible, except of course for the brand (Fuji lovers will definitely prefer the FinePix XP140, while Nikon enthusiasts will of course want to go with the COOLPIX W300), and the back illuminated CMOS sensor of the COOLPIX W300.
It also has a maximum ISO of 6400, and good enough low light capability. Its focal range is 24-120 mm, with an aperture range of f/2.8 and f/4.9.
Other impressive features of the COOLPIX W300 include its impressive autofocus, built-in flash, 7 frames-per-second continuous shooting, and of course durability.
Another feature worth highlighting on its own is the effectiveness of its automatic modes. Since this is a kids camera, there obviously has to be a lot of automated functions, and even though the device gives you a good range of control, it also knows when to take things into its own hand. And when it does, it does a pretty great job of it.
3. Olympus Tough TG-6
Camera Type: Compact | Resolution: 12 megapixels | Video Capability: Yes, 4K, UHD | Zoom: Optical, 5x | Color Availability: Black, Red | Age Range: older kids, teens | Powered by: Rechargeable Li-ion battery pack | LCD: 3.0" | Lens: 25-100mm f/2.0-f/4.9
Olympus Tough TG-6 is another rugged kids camera that promises impressive features, high performance, and durability. Just like the Fujifilm FinePix XP140, the TG-6 is the latest in a line of rugged cameras from the brand known as the Olympus Tough Series. And trust us when we tell you, the name is well deserved.
Not only are they waterproof (up to 15m), dustproof, and freeze proof (up to -10°), they are also shockproof and can handle being crushed under a weight of 100 kg or less. Now that is a rugged camera.
In terms of features and performance, the TG-6 doesn't disappoint. Underneath its rugged exterior, you have a cool 12 megapixel sensor with solid focal range of 25 to 100mm.
You also get state-of-the-art technologies such as the optical stabilization that helps achieve smooth photos and videos, and automatic modes to make the job easier on the kids.
In terms of ISO capabilities, the TG-6 offers an ISO range of 100-12800, and an aperture range of f/2 to f/4.9.
For easy connectivity, the device offers wireless options, along with GPS, temperature, and a compass.
Other pretty impressive features of the TG-6 can be found in its 4k video resolution, 20.0 frames-per-second continuous shooting, sensor-shift image stabilization, time-lapse recording, and face detection focus.
The TG-6 is powered by rechargeable Li-ion battery packs.
2. GoPro Hero8 Black
Camera Type: Pro Video Recorder | Resolution: 12 megapixels | Video Capability: Yes, 4K, UHD | Color Availability: Black | Age Range: Older kids, teens | Powered by: Rechargeable Li-ion battery pack | LCD: touchscreen
GoPros are popular devices to bring along on any family trip, holidays, or excursions. They're adept at preserving the best memories, and there's no reason your kids shouldn't have one to document their journeys, too.
The Hero8 black is our selected GoPro for the list thanks to its affordability, image and video quality, and impressive features which include 4K resolution, highly portable design, highly stabilized time-lapse videos and so much more.
A particularly impressive highlight of the Hero8 is its relatively strong battery life compared to Hero7, hyper smooth 2.0 feature that boosts video stabilization, and of course its ease of use which makes it a particularly kid-friendly device.
Other features of the Hero8 include built-in flash, microphones, and USB-C cable.
The device comes with two GoPro rechargeable batteries.
1. Canon EOS 250D (Rebel SL3)
Camera Type: DSLR | Resolution: 24 megapixels | Sensor: APS-C | Video Capability: Yes, 4K, FHD | Color Availability: Black | Age Range: Teens and adults | Powered by: Rechargeable Li-ion battery pack | LCD: 3.0", touchscreen, fully articulated | ISO: 100-25600 (expandable)
At the very top of our list of best cameras for kids is the Canon EOS 250D which is, well, a DSLR. And sure, you may be wondering why would a kid want to own a DSLR? And to that we answer: why not?
It has been proven countless times that sophisticated gear is no match for the brains of a child, and what's more, they're perfect to stimulate their creativity. All you need is the right gear with the right degree of difficulty, and the Rebel SL3 (EOS 250D) offers just that.
Physically, it looks quite simple, not intimidating by any means, and technical-wise, it has all the features and specifications you'd want for a perfect shot with just the right balance between automation and manual control.
Among its noteworthy highlights are the 24 megapixel APS-C CMOS sensor, 3 inch fully articulated screen, and 5.0 frames-per-second continuous shooting.
You also have a durable battery capable of taking more than a thousand shots before recharge, built-in optical viewfinder, selfie-friendly LCD, and 4k video resolution.
The Canon EOS 250D is capable of shooting in RAW format.
There you have it, the best cameras for kids. If you've followed us this far, we appreciate it. As you would no doubt have noted, our list was curated in such a way to ensure that you find what you're looking for as easily as possible.
If what you're looking for is a simple camera for your kid, we have those on the list.
For those on the lookout for a simple exterior design, the Joytrips Kids Camera and the Kidwell Kids Camera are guaranteed to fulfill that role.
And if the simplicity you want is in terms of function and specifications, we have you covered on that front with the Fujifilm Instax Mini 9 that offers you a Polaroid self-developing film, and the OurLife Kids Camera that may be a bit intricate on the outside but quite simple on the inside.
As for rugged cameras that provide dependability and reliability against assault, well, we have a good number of those on the list too. They include the Fujifilm FinePix XP140, Nikon COOLPIX W300, and the Olympus TG-6.
And finally, if what you're looking for is an entry level DSLR, something that is quite professional but at the same time a good fit your kid, then we'd like to have you know there's no better entry-level camera in this class than the Canon EOS 250D (Rebel SL3), right at the very top of our list.
We hope with this information you're able to find the perfect camera for your kids and hopefully build a lifelong hobby along the way.