The 6 Best Kids Cameras

Updated September 19, 2017 by Brett Dvoretz

6 Best Kids Cameras
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We spent 39 hours on research, videography, and editing, to review the top selections for this wiki. Your little ones see you taking pictures all the time, including a few that aren't of yourself, so they want to copy what mom and dad do. Get them one of these kids' cameras and they might just take to it as a rewarding hobby. We've included low-cost models as well as some that are more than just toys. When users buy our independently chosen editorial picks, we may earn commissions to support our work. Skip to the best kids camera on Amazon.

6. Discovery Kids Digital Camera

Designed for kids as young as three, the Discovery Kids Digital Camera will help foster an early interest in photography. It comes in blue or purple, has large side grips that make it easy to hold onto, and boasts a 1.5" full-color LCD.
  • integrated carrying strap
  • makes a good starter camera
  • runs through batteries quickly
Brand Discovery Kids
Model 16375450042
Weight 1.1 pounds
Rating 4.3 / 5.0

5. VTech Kidizoom DUO Camera

The VTech Kidizoom DUO Camera has most of the features you'd expect from an "adult" digital camera these days, such as lenses facing in both directions, digital zoom, and photo optimization. It also has parental controls allowing you to set playtime limits.
  • five built-in games
  • auto shutoff to conserve battery
  • only 256mb of internal storage
Brand VTech
Model pending
Weight 1.3 pounds
Rating 3.8 / 5.0

4. Orbo Kids Smartwatch

The Orbo Kids Smartwatch puts an advanced multifunction device right on your child's wrist. It has a rotating camera that can be used for selfies or subject photography, and the images can be stored on 1GB of internal memory.
  • bluetooth connectivity
  • touchscreen controls
  • available in pink or blue
Brand Orbo
Model 440003320 orbo pink wat
Weight 6.4 ounces
Rating 3.9 / 5.0

3. Intova Duo

If you are looking to step your child up from a toy camera to the real thing, but still want something durable enough to stand up to constant drops and rough use, the Intova Duo is a smart choice. It's waterproof, shock-resistant, and very easy to use.
  • floats if dropped in the water
  • takes 5mp photos
  • lcd viewfinder and playback monitor
Brand Intova
Model pending
Weight pending
Rating 4.6 / 5.0

2. VTech Kidizoom Camera Pix

The VTech Kidizoom Camera Pix straddles the line between toy and actual camera, making the perfect first camera. It only snaps 2.0 megapixel images, but it has a zoom feature and both internal and SD memory, meaning your youngster can snap images all day long.
  • also records audio clips
  • has 35 fun photo effects
  • can connect to pcs and macs
Brand VTech
Model 80-193600
Weight 9.6 ounces
Rating 4.9 / 5.0

1. Fujifilm Hello Kitty

The Fujifilm Hello Kitty makes a great gift for the budding young photographer in your family. The photo quality is surprisingly good for a teen's camera that also happens to be an instant camera, and it comes with a pink strap, making it a stylish accessory.
  • fits nicely in small hands
  • built-in selfie mirror
  • flash charges very quickly
Brand Fujifilm
Model P10GLB3501A
Weight 1.7 pounds
Rating 4.9 / 5.0

Capture With The Kids

It's understandable that kids are drawn to cameras. They produce flashing lights, they have bright screens on their bodies, and adults seem to have a strange love-hate relationship with them. When a child actually sees what a camera does–how it freezes a moment in time that can be preserved for years–that fascination only grows.

Photography is a great tool to teach a child early on in his or her life. It gets them out and about on the lookout for subjects, which is vital to a culture of kids battling obesity and diabetes more or less straight form the womb. It also helps them begin to hone an artistic eye. If your young one has even the slightest inclination toward artistic expression–which pretty much every child has to some degree–the act of selecting subjects to shoot will be one of the first interactive experiences he or she has with a sense of taste in that expression.

The majority of these cameras is built to similar specs you'd see on a lot of consumer point-and-shoot digital cameras. Manufacturers often gear their cameras toward children by reinforcing their designs with waterproofing and shock-proofing technologies. Those technologies cost money, however, so those same manufacturers find corners to cut that children would never notice.

For example, a camera's lens is one of its most expensive components, and its quality bears heavily on the quality of the images the camera can produce. These elements are often much more cheaply made in children's cameras.

The display screen on the digital cameras we have listed is another area of savings, as its resolution is significantly reduced compared to its adult counterparts. A couple of these cameras have no screens at all, however, as they either shoot to an instant-development film like old Polaroids, or they come with a built-in projector to create an immediate slideshow.

Kid-proofing New Technologies

Outfitting your child with the best camera to bring out his or her most artistic self begins with a little knowledge about the child in question. I'd argue that the most important thing you can ask yourself before buying anything for your kid that's representative of an expensive technology sector–even if the pieces designed for children aren't terribly expensive–is how destructive your child is.

I broke pretty much everything I could get my hands on when I was growing up, so I would have been an ideal candidate for one of the shock-proof or waterproof cameras on this list. If you have a zen monk for a child, you might not have to worry, but those are some of the most important features you find among the cameras on our list.

Leaving aside questions of impact-resistance for the moment, we can look to your youngsters for additional inspiration in your selection process. Take, for example, the camera on our list that's covered in Disney princesses, the one whose color scheme looks from a distance as though the camera were dipped in Pepto Bismol. Depending on you and your child's adherence to certain places on a gender spectrum, there's a good chance that your male-identifying children wouldn't take too kindly to receiving a princess camera as a present, though the girls would love it.

One of the more exciting features on one or two of these cameras, which you'll see from time to time on consumer point-and-shoots, is a second lens on the other side of the camera for selfies. Another popular component to look for is wearability. If you've got a smart watch on your wrist that your kid can't get enough of, this might be a good opportunity to get them one of their own.

You also get to make the choice as to whether your kids will shoot film or digital, a choice most of us didn't have growing up in the film age. Take note of the age ranges on that film camera, as well as each of the cameras on our list, as they aren't all directed at the same group. This is especially important with the instant film camera, as its chemicals can be dangerous to kids.

You Know...For Kids

For the first 150 years of photographic history, cameras were almost exclusively meant for adults. Sure, they could take pictures of children just as easily as they could adults, but they weren't intended for use by kids.

In the 1980s and 90s, toy companies and camera manufacturers ramped up their marketing and development toward a child demographic, with cameras like Polaroid's i-Zone (they beat Apple to the lower-case "i" thing, but Apple went ahead an erased it from the collective memory).

The digital photography revolution changed all that, and among the earliest digital cameras marketed toward children was Nintendo's Game Boy Camera in 1998. The camera fit into the Game Boy handheld gaming unit like any other game cartridge, but that had a big ball of a lens element on the top of it.

In the past decade, as camera makers found it easier and less expensive to pack a fair umber of megapixels onto inexpensively produced sensors, they began to pair them with simplified menus and more rugged designs that could stand up to the rigors of childhood.

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Last updated on September 19, 2017 by Brett Dvoretz

A wandering writer who spends as much time on the road as behind the computer screen, Brett can either be found hacking furiously away at the keyboard or perhaps enjoying a whiskey and coke on some exotic beach, sometimes both simultaneously, usually with a four-legged companion by his side. He hopes to one day become a modern day renaissance man.

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