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-850
The Olympus Tough TG-850 features a wide-angle 5x optical zoom lens, is waterproof to 10 meters, shockproof and freezeproof, has 7fps continuous shooting, fullHD video recording and a tilting "selfie" screen. It is available in a number of different colours.
Ideal for active kids and rough outdoors: Panasonic Lumix FT25
The Panasonic Lumix FT25 features 4x optical zoom lens, and is waterproof to 7 meters, as well as dustproof, shockproof, and adventure proof. The camera is available in a number of colours and is well priced for a compact waterproof camera.
Ideal for the whole family: Nikon Coolpix S32
The Nikon Coolpix S32 is waterproof to 10 meters, shockproof to 1.5 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.
Ideal for video: Fujifilm FinePix XP70
The Fujifilm FinePix XP70 features optical image stabilisation, full HD video at 60fps, built in Wi-Fi, 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 those with a smartphone: Sony Cyber-shot QX10
The Sony Cyber-shot QX10 adds a 10x optical zoom lens, fullHD video recording, and an 18 megapixel sensor to any Android or iOS smartphone, significantly upgrading the camera on a smartphone.
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.