If you want to introduce your child to the world of photography, but perhaps don't want to risk breaking your own camera, then why not have a look at our roundup of some of the digital cameras available for kids and family members, that are affordable and feature packed.
Ideal for older kids, action and outdoors: Olympus Tough TG-630
The Olympus Tough TG-630
features a 5x optical zoom lens, is waterproof to 5 meters, shockproof and freezeproof, has 5fps continuous shooting. It is available in black, blue, red and white and features full HD video recording.
Ideal for active kids and rough outdoors: Pentax WG-10
The Pentax WG-10
features 5x optical zoom lens, the camera also features 5 macro LEDs that surround the lens for excellent close up photos, and is waterproof to 10 meters, as well as dustproof, shockproof, and basically adventure proof according to Pentax.
Ideal for the whole family: Nikon Coolpix S31
The Nikon Coolpix S31
is waterproof to 5 meters, shockproof to 1.2 meters, and has large buttons on the back. It has a 3x optical zoom lens with a decent macro and is available in blue, white, pink and yellow. For the more advanced, this camera may feel quite limiting as there are not very many settings or options, but for beginners who just want to point and shoot it will be extremely easy to use.
For those with a tight budget: Ricoh PX
The Ricoh PX
is waterproof to 3m, shockproof, dustproof, and optional silicone covers to prevent the camera being scratched are available at a reasonable price, it features a 5x optical zoom lens, 16 megapixel CCD sensor, and 720p video recording.
Ideal for video: Fujifilm FinePix XP60
The Fujifilm FinePix XP60
features optical image stabilisation, full HD video at 60fps, and a tough waterproof and shockproof body, this camera also features a 5x optical zoom lens, and is available in a number of colours.
For education and kids who like to build things: Bigshot
The Bigshot digital camera
is designed as an educational tool, as well as a camera for use where there is limited power supply, thanks to a re-charging crank on the side it can be charged anywhere. You have to build your own digital camera, and it features 3 different lenses and optical viewfinder. Recommended for ages 8+
For analogue kids (and adults): Lomo Konstruktor
The Lomography Konstruktor
is a new DIY / Build your own SLR camera with a 50mm f/10 lens, and is designed to teach you how film cameras work. It is recommended for ages 12+ and is available for £29
making it an affordable entry into film photography.
For kids (of all ages) who love Lego: Lego Digital Camera
This 3 megapixel Lego digital camera is priced at £49 from Amazon
and while this camera may be quite basic, it features a real flash and 1.5inch screen on the back. You can also add to the Lego camera with more Lego, although unfortunately you can't take it apart. Recommended for ages 3+
Recommended for kids ages 3 - 9 years old: VTech Kidizoom Twist
The Kidizoom Twist is available in blue or pink for £33 from Amazon. This camera has large handles to make it easy to hold as well as optical viewfinders. This 2 megapixel camera features an LED flash in the middle.
Alternatively the VTech Kidizoom 3D is recommended for kids ages 5+, and available from Amazon, for £69, featuring 2 lenses for 3D images, as well as a large screen on the back, the camera comes with 3D glasses for viewing 3D images, and will also take 2D photos.
Recommended for kids ages 3-7 years old: Playskool Show Cam
Playskool Show Cam - The camera features a built in projector and is available for £49 in grey or pink. This camera does not feature a flash, so may struggle to take photos indoors or in low light.
For more suggestions of tough waterproof cameras, have a look at our Top 10 Best Waterproof Cameras
, or alternatively have a look at our Top 10 Best Budget Cameras under £100
, or if you want more zoom, have a look at our Top 10 Best Travel Zoom Cameras