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Top 13 Best Digital Cameras For Kids 2016

Top 13 Best Digital Cameras For Kids 2016 - Here is a round-up of some of the best digital (and analogue) cameras for kids, children and teenagers of all ages, whether young or old.

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Kids love taking photos and no matter what their age, there is a camera that will suit them. Here we round up some of the best available cameras on the market that are child-friendly. 

 

Action Cameras

There are a wide variety of action cameras available, this now includes ones designed specifically for children, that are compact, easy to use and as many come with waterproof casing, they can be used to capture underwater action as well as sporty activities out of the water.  

 

VTech KidiZoom Action Cam

VTech KidiZoom Action Cam

The VTech KidiZoom Action Cam is priced at £5.48 and is a current bestseller over on Amazon. Take photos, capture movies and play games on it, plus it comes with a waterproof case and mounts for attaching to a bike or helmet. You can choose from lots of cartoon and distortion effects and the camera features 128MB of internal memory that's expandable with a micro SD card. 

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Pre-School Kids

Even at a younger age, it's easy to spark a child's interest in photography with fun and colourful cameras that are easy to operate. Designed with small hands in mind, these chunky cameras are ideal for kids to grab hold of and experiment with taking their own images. 

VTech KidiZoom Duo

Kidizoom Duo

The VTech Kidizoom Duo is available in blue or pink for £39. This camera has large handles to make it easy to hold as well as 2 optical viewfinders allowing binocular vision. It features front and back 2 megapixel cameras to allow easy taking of selfies and has a 2.3 inch colour LCD screen. 4x digital zoom is featured on both cameras. It's great for creativity, with You&Me Photo Effects, 5 games, a voice recorder and photo edition options built in. 

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Playskool Show Cam

Playskool Show Cam

The Playskool Showcam features a built-in projector to allow kids to view image on a wall or plain surface. It's available in grey or pink. This camera does not feature a flash, so may struggle to take photos indoors or in low light but it does have built-in editing with more than 50 silly effects and can store up to 1000 photos internally. 

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Leapfrog Creativity Camera App & Case

Leapfrog

This innovative idea from Leapfrog uses an iPhone or iPod touch inserted into the protective case to let kids create images and express themselves with the help of an app. Ideal for ages 3-5, this app/case combination can help nurture creativity, self expression and matching. The Leapfrog Creativity Camera App & Case features 6 different use modes including a gallery and editing options with filter, stamp and morph capabilities. There is also a Photobooks option to create themed albums. 

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Educational / Building Cameras 

Kids of 8 and over and even adults that are interested in how things work will relish in the ability to build their own fully functioning camera. Whether you want to build a digital or film camera, there are options for both. These kits make great stocking fillers and will no doubt occupy a few hours over the festive period.

Lomography Konstruktor

Konstruktor Front

The Lomography Konstruktor is a DIY / Build your own SLR film 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 around £26 making it an affordable entry into film photography. It's easy to use and has all the basic functions needed allowing you to snap images, wind film on and even take long exposure images. It's also possible to buy different lens adaptors to change the effect.

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Bigshot

Bigshot Camera Wide

The Bigshot digital camera is designed as an educational tool, allowing children and adults to build their own digital camera. There is a re-charging crank on the side allowing it to be charged anywhere. The Bigshot features 3 different lenses and an optical viewfinder. Recommended for ages 8+

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Novelty Cameras

Kids who love a certain brand or character will no doubt be clamouring to use a camera of that theme. There are lots on the market but here are just a few of our top picks:

Lego Camera

3MP Digital Camera

This 3 megapixel Lego digital camera may be quite basic but 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. Ideal for kids obsessed with lego. Recommended for ages 3+.

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'Frozen' Camera

Frozen camera

This 10-megapixel camera will appeal to any age that loves the film. It's AAA battery powered and is capable of 720p HD video recording, making it a good spec for a character camera. It has a built-in viewfinder and takes SD cards. 

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Hello Kitty Fujifilm Instax Camera

Hello Kitty

For tweens and teens that want their images instantly, this Hello Kitty themed Instax camera is the answer. It produces credit card sized images and there are several themes of film available to express your creativity. The camera comes complete with accessories and a Hello Kitty themed film pack. There is a mirror on the front to help when taking selfies and a hi-key mode for a softer effect.

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Tough And Waterproof Cameras 

Tough cameras are ideal for kids as it doesn't matter if they're dropped or get wet, plus they tend to have better image quality and variety of settings for older children and teens looking to improve their technique. These cameras are also easy to grip yet compact, fitting easily in a pocket when not being used. There are a wide variety of tough cameras out there but here are a few that will be ideal for kids:

Nikon Coolpix S33



The Nikon Coolpix S33 is an entry-level waterproof camera and will be easy to use for younger kids thanks to its simple, chunky buttons on the back. It doesn't have as many advanced options as some of the other waterproof tough cameras here, but offers a nice middle ground of a 13.2 megapixel sensor and 3x optical zoom lens as well as 1080p video recording for kids looking for better performance than some of the novelty cameras. It's available in bright yellow, blue or pink.

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Olympus Stylus Tough TG-860

Stylus Tough TG-860

The Olympus Tough TG-860 features a wide-angle 21mm equivalent 5x optical zoom lens, is waterproof to 15 meters, shockproof and freezeproof. It's available in cool colours that'll appeal to adventurous teens and is drop-proof to 2.1m. With a 16 megapixel BSI CMOS sensor and 180 degree tilting screen it's really versatile. There's also Wi-Fi and GPS built in for ease of sharing images. 

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Fujifilm FinePix XP80

FinePix XP80

The Fujifilm FinePix XP80 is great for those that like to record video, with 1080p video at 60fps. It has a 16 megapixel BSI CMOS sensor, is waterproof to 15m and has a 5x optical zoom which is a 28-140mm equivalent. It also has Wi-Fi connectivity and the ability to control the camera with an app. There's a rubber grip and easy to navigate controls too. 

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Older Kids Who Have A Smartphone

Teens with smartphones seem to be using them to take images more than ever and if they want to improve images but like their current phone, then a camera that fits on to the phone and uses the phone's screen to view what they're shooting could be an ideal present. These will give better image quality and most importantly, more optical zoom to images, something that some smartphones lack in. 

 

Sony Cyber-shot QX10

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 most smartphones and giving the extra clarity and reach of 10x optical zoom to boot. 

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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.

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13 Nov 2013 9:31PM
My grandson was 4 this June and I wanted a camera to take on holiday that would take reasonable underwater shots, survive the beach, take great snapshots for all, and allow him to take shots without everyone panicking, as he always wants to do what we do. Having read reviews, I bought the Nikon Coolpix S31 at Gatwick (great price duty free) and was extremely pleased with it. Great photos all round and one happy grandson.

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AlanJohn 5 1 England
15 Dec 2014 4:45PM
Why should children be treated any differently from adults when it comes to choosing a camera? I bought my son a Canon digital SLR for his 5th birthday - and gave him a few lenses to go with it. He immediately went out and took some lovely photographs - one of which is on this site and was also accepted by the Alamy photo library. He is now aged 9 and still has the same camera and lenses. A worthwhile investment. Before I bought him this camera he used my Canon EOS 5D and L series lenses, but found the combination of lens and body to be rather heavy at the time (he was aged 3 when he started), so I bought him his own kit which is much lighter in weight. He has a plastic underwater case for it when we go snorkelling. Getting children into photography when they are young is a lifetime investment - give them good gear to use and they can really go places with their hobby. Buy them rubbish and they won't get the photographs they want and they will lose interest - exactly the same principle as in playing a musical instrument. A cheap instrument will never produce a good sound. A good, expensive instrument will be (to a certain extent) easier to play and will produce a good sound.

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