Kids have a different view of the world than adults and one of the more creative ways to allow them to share how they see things is through the lens of a camera. One way to get your child to branch out beyond selfies is to give them the gift of a digital camera.

Having their own camera can help them share with you and maybe even help them realize how they see things in their day to day lives. Portraits, landscapes, still life, and yes, even the occasional selfie taken with more than a cell phone camera can teach your child the subtleties in photography like lighting, textures, and more.

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Best Digital Cameras for Kids

Vtech Kidizoom Camera Pix

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If you’re looking for a digital camera that is very basic and also part toy to keep your child entertained, then you might like the Vtech Kidizoom Camera Pix. It’s suitable for children from ages three to eight and the camera shell is durable rubber with thick, sturdy grips that will protect it if it gets dropped.

The camera takes pictures with a resolution of 2.0 megapixels, so the images are not going to have outstanding quality, but if you’re not quite ready to give your child a real digital camera or cell phone, then the Kidizoom could be a useful option. It has a selfie-mode that identifies faces for the shot, and you can record voice and video.

Not only that, here are some other features

If your child gets bored with the camera function, the camera also includes four games and has over 35 effects that can be used to enhance and animate the pictures that they’ve taken. The Kidizoom does have some built-in memory, but it also has a micro SD slot if you’d like to buy a memory card for extra storage.

The camera is not rechargeable but powered by four AA batteries which you’ll have to buy separately. Also, the Kidizoom does not have a flash feature so any pictures taken in dim lighting or at night will not come out well. You can connect the camera to a computer with a Micro USB cable (not included) to download and save your child’s photography.

Campark Kids Camera

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If your three to six-year-old likes taking pictures, then they might enjoy Campark’s Kids Camera. A protective shell made of silicone encases the camera to protect it from accidental dropping, so you can rest easy knowing that it can take a licking and keep on clicking.

A two-inch LCD screen displays the images and videos they’re going to capture so they can see it clearly before them. The camera has a built-in microphone, flash, and your child can even view playback through the color LCD.

Six frames let your kids explore their creativity and have fun with their captured images. They can even set a timer to delay their shot for three or five seconds. The camera also has flash to ensure there’s enough lighting for photos and videos and there’s a slot to add a Micro SD card (not included) for up to 32 gigabytes of memory.

If you’re worried about your child draining the three AAA batteries that are needed to power the camera, it has an automatic shut off function.

Prograce Kids Camera

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The Prograce Kids Camera is best for children between the ages of three and ten. It has two distinctive handles on either side so that your child can get a steady, comfortable grip. The camera is enclosed in a silicone shell to protect it if it gets dropped and it is available in four different colors:

  • Pink
  • Green
  • Blue
  • Red

Pictures will have a resolution of 5 megapixels and videos will be high-definition in 1080p. There is a flash to ensure shots have sufficient lighting and you can see the pictures and view video playback on the two-inch LCD screen. The camera also has four times zoom capability so that your child can practice getting clear pictures even from a distance.

If you want to provide your child with extra memory, there’s a slot that will accommodate a 32 gigabyte Micro SD card (not included). Kids can modify their pictures with up to 40 different frames and use seven filter effects including sepia and black and white.

Besides capturing videos and pictures, the Prograce camera has a built-in game for an added entertainment factor. The Prograce has a built-in lithium-ion battery that can provide up to four hours of recording time and it includes a USB cable for recharging and downloading footage from the camera to your computer.

omzer Kids Camera

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The omzer Kids Camera has everything to make your three to 10-year-old feel like they’re dealing with the real thing. The front and rear-facing cameras that allow them to take regular pictures and selfies both have 8-megapixel resolution and videos are in high definition 1080p. They can even zoom in up to four times to get a close-up shot.

The two-inch display lets them see their pictures and videos when they are capturing their images and with the playback function. Also, there are eight different scene variations so that kids can make their photography black and white, cool, warm, and other settings. Flash is available so that your child can take pictures and videos at night or in dark environments.

The shell that protects the camera from damage if it should fall is eco-friendly silicone. The omzer comes with a 16-gigabyte micro SD card for added memory and it has a rechargeable lithium battery which can be fully recharged in about two and a half hours.

The camera is available in either pink or blue and includes a set of stickers so that your child can decorate and personalize the exterior to their liking as well as display their creativity.

iMoway Waterproof Kids Camera

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With the iMoway Waterproof Kids Camera, you’ll receive a waterproof case and a hand grip so that they can use the camera underwater and a 16-gigabyte memory card to store all the pictures and videos that they take. The iMoway has a small LCD screen so that kids can see the images they’ve captured and use up to six different frames to have fun modifying their shots.

The camera lets kids shoot in seven different color modes, including a retro and x-ray look, and has a rechargeable lithium battery so no need to worry about running to the store to buy batteries. Also, the battery has a one-year warranty, so if there are any issues within that time frame, you should be able to receive a replacement. iMoway offers customer service for the lifetime of their product.

Depending on what color you think they’d like best, you can get the iMoway in either blue or pink, and it’s compatible with GoPro accessories so that they can mount the camera on their bike handlebars or helmet.

Fisher-Price Digital Camera

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Fisher Price’s Digital Camera for Kids has a rugged outer shell so that it can stay intact if it’s dropped. It has two viewfinders so that your child can look with both eyes and it has a built-in memory of 256 megabytes to allow for storing around 2,000 pictures.

A small screen shows the pictures, and the camera has sturdy buttons that are easy for kids to push. You’ll need four AAA batteries to power the Fisher-Price camera because it’s not rechargeable.

If your kids want to add frames and special effects to their pictures, Fisher-Price has some software you can download to your PC.

Parents who bought the Fisher-Price Digital Camera say that it’s great for smaller children, durable, and fun. However, buyers do warn that the camera is intended for the kids to have fun and the quality of the pictures is not great.

Buyer’s Guide

There are a few things to keep in mind when you’re shopping for the best camera for kids:

Child’s Age: Is the camera going to be too advanced for the child or, conversely, will the child think the camera is for babies? Be sure to check out the features to determine a good match.

Memory: Does the camera store pictures and videos? Or does it have a slot for a memory card? How much memory can it hold? And does the memory card come with the camera or is that going to end up being an additional expense?