The Best Digital Cameras for Kids with Camera Reviews, Top Accessories, Photography Books and Websites
If your child is always grabbing your smartphone or digital camera and snapping photos, it may be time to consider buying your little one a personal digital camera. Today’s digital cameras have come down in price so far that you can buy a child a camera and not think twice about it. Digital cameras for kids cost just about as much as a toy or video game.
Table of Contents
In this guide, you’ll find:
- What to look for in a digital camera
- The 25 best digital cameras
- The top digital camera accessories
- Books for kids on digital photography
- Informative websites and articles to help kids enjoy their hobby
There are several things to keep in mind when shopping for a digital camera for kids, however. Just as with purchasing toys for children, it’s important to purchase cameras without small parts or batteries that can be swallowed or removed. Digital cameras for kids must also be sturdy enough to take a tumble; even the most careful children will drop their cameras occasionally.
Use the following guidelines when assessing potential digital cameras for kids:
- How old is your child? Younger children need sturdy cameras with large, easily manipulated buttons for little fingers and hands. Older children can learn to use more features.
- How interested is your child in photography? Children ages 10 and younger may just want a camera to take occasional pictures. As children mature, however, they may show more than a passing interest in photography. If this is the case, consider purchasing a more sophisticated camera for older children and teens.
- Don’t forget the accessories! Kids want to see their pictures now, not wait for them through the mail or until you get to the photo printing kiosk at the store. Make sure you also research and purchase a good photo printer so that your budding Ansel Adams can print their pictures at home.
The following list of 25 best digital cameras for kids was created based on actual parent reviews of digital cameras designed and sold as cameras for kids. Parents commented on several factors, including price, functionality, sturdiness, and usefulness. The results include cameras that withstood even the most carefree child’s rough handling and functions that put older model digital cameras to shame.
1. Fisher-Price Kid-Tough See Yourself Camera
The Fisher-Price Kid-Tough See Yourself Camera won parents’ acclaim. It’s build to survive rough handling, and comes in several colors include black, pink and blue. Build-in memory device stores over 1,000 pictures, and the 4x digital zoom is great for most photography sessions.
- Functions are kid-friendly.
- Takes adequate pictures at most distances.
- Very sturdy case hardly shows a scratch even after multiple falls.
- Helps children learn the basics of photography.
- Suitable for ages 3 and up, especially for younger children.
- Some parents remarked that the photos come out blurry unless subjects are perfectly still.
- Doesn’t take good pictures in very low light.
- View finder can be awkward.
2. VTech Kidizoom Digital Camera
Like the Fisher-Price Kid-Tough See Yourself camera, the VTech Kidizoom Digital Camera is sized for tiny hands. It includes dual grips on the sides so that youngsters can hold the camera easily. Stores up to 1,000 pictures in its memory and even includes a video card. The camera includes games and build-in photo frames so that children can have fun adding colorful frames to their photos. Camera has 1.3 megapixels with 4x digital zoom.
- A games feature enables children to take pictures, and then play with their pictures. Games include picture puzzles and more.
- Very fast shutter speed enables multiple pictures to be taken quickly.
- View finder is meant to use with both eyes – great feature for children who cannot close one eye easily.
- Video feature adds more creative expression for children.
Intuitive and easy for children to learn to use.
- Screen is small.
- Poor picture quality in low light.
- Some parents reported buttons sticking and/or coming off of the camera after only a few months of use.
3. Fisher-Price Kid Tough Digital Camera
Like other Kid Tough Digital Camera models from Fisher-Price, this version garnered good reviews from parents. The lower price point does, however, mean a few less features. Camera stores only 80 pictures at a time, but the slightly larger video screen makes it easier for older children to use this camera. Fisher-Price recommends this camera for older children (ages 7 and up) because some small parts may be a choking hazard.
- Lower price point than similar Fisher-Price cameras.
- Larger screen makes it easier to see images.
- Sturdy design.
- Easy for children to learn to use.
- Simple USB connection to a PC enables quick photo downloads.
- Some users reported that their Windows-enabled PCs, especially laptops, had trouble detecting the camera (possible software issue).
- Picture quality deemed “just okay” by many users.
4. Playskool Showcam 2 in 1 Digital Camera and Projector
Talk about a camera that does it all! If your child is a budding graphic designer, the Playskool Showcam offers over 50 animations that can be added to images and projected for family fun. Kids love putting together home “movies” with the images they’ve taken. The camera stores up to 1,000 photos and connects via a USB cable. The cable is not included with the camera, but it can be purchased at any store selling computer equipment and accessories.
- Kids love the projector ability of this camera and it adds to their enjoyment.
- Very durable.
- Easy for children to use.
- Large viewfinder helps kids see their pictures instantly
- Easy connection to a computer to download images.
- Blurry, dark pictures indoors even in brightly lit rooms – best for outdoor photography.
5. VTech Kidizoom FFP Camera
Like the other VTech cameras for kids, the VTech Kidizoom FFP camera received high marks for its durability and ease of use. Features include 1.3 megapixels with 4x zoom and a 1.8 inch viewfinder.
- Also records video and voice.
- Includes voice-changer effects.
- Can edit photos right on the camera itself – no need to download them.
- Automatic shutoff saves battery life.
- Photos can be blurry unless you’re perfectly still, which is tough for kids.
- Some parents found their kids had trouble with the navigation buttons.
6. Crayola 5.1 MP Digital Camera
Unlike many of the other cameras for kids, the Crayola model includes a built-in flash, which provides better lighting for indoor shots. Large handle grips on either side of the camera make it easy to hold, and the sturdy design should prove hardy against typical tumbles and spills.
- 5.1 megapixels is higher than many other children’s cameras.
- Easy for kids to hold.
- Many parents report it takes better pictures than other kids’ cameras they’ve seen or used.
- You need to purchase additional memory in order for the camera to hold more than a handful of pictures.
- Does not use a rechargeable battery; uses only disposable batteries.
Battery life is short.
7. Crayola 7.1 MP Digital Camera in Purple
It’s not just the color that’s different on this digital camera. With more mega pixels, this camera’s pictures are even better than the other model. An extra SD card, however, must be purchased with the camera, and pictures must be downloaded to a computer via USB cord.
- Takes better quality pictures than most children’s digital cameras.
- Battery life is good.
- Good price/value.
- Must purchase optional SD card and extras.
- Editing software not particularly useful.
8. Discovery Kids Digital Camera and Video
This very reasonably-priced digital camera and video recorder offers kids ages 3 and up the ability to take both still shots and videos.
- Parents call this an ‘indestructible’ camera – extremely sturdy.
- Reasonably priced.
- Picture quality can be poor.
- Battery charging is very slow.
9. Disney Princess Digital Video Recorder
For those princesses in your life, the Disney Princess Digital Video Recorder takes both still and video images with the click of a button. Although the boys will probably disdain the fairy-tale princesses adoring the case, girls will love it.
- Great price for the value provided.
- Takes both still and video pictures.
- Must purchase memory card separately.
- Batteries not included.
10. Discovery Kids Digital Pink & Purple Camera with Video with Full Color LCD Display
With 16 MB of internal storage memory, this camera for kids is packed with enough memory to store quite a lot of pictures. Pictures can be viewed on the camera itself or on a PC.
- Includes many extras other cameras don’t include such as USB cable and additional memory.
- Very sturdy design.
- Includes molded hand-grips to make it easy for kids to hold.
- Picture quality sometimes cited as poor.
- Requires disposable batteries (not included)
11. Nikon COOLPIX S31 10.1 MP Waterproof Digital Camera with 720p HD Video (White)
While this camera isn’t technically a children’s camera, it often comes up as a go-to choice for parents with older children or teens looking for a good introductory video camera. The waterproof feature makes it useful in all types of outdoor settings. Suitable for ages 13 and up.
- Waterproof for many outdoor and even underwater pictures.
- Good picture quality, even underwater!
- Inexpensive enough that parents don’t mind buying it as a ‘first real camera’ for children.
- Shutter speed is slow.
- Underwater pictures can look grainy.
- Water seal can malfunction on some models.
12. Foxnovo 123S 2.0-inch Touch Screen 10M Waterproof Sports Digital Camera DV Camcorder with 32GB Micro SD/TF Card
Like the previous camera, this one is not marketed to kids per se, but is often cited by parents as a good “first real camera” choice when purchasing cameras for children ages 10 and up. Sturdy, well made waterproof case keeps the camera secure while taking pictures on land or sea. Can be used as a camcorder or still camera.
- Comes with 32 GB micro card, which adds great value to the product.
- Kids can attach it to their bike helmets or other areas to take fun action shots.
- Camera is smaller than average, so probably not good for very young children.
- Not as sturdy when dropped as other cameras.
13. Sakar Spider-Man Digital Camera Keychain
For the child who has everything…or the child obsessed with Spider-Man…it’s a keychain camera. Small, portable, and decorated with Spider Man themes, it actually takes adequate pictures that kids love.
- Small and lightweight.
- Takes up to 200 photos.
- Photo picture adequate for such a small camera.
- Only good for older children.
- Must connect to PC via USB cable (not included) to download pictures.
14. Fisher Price Kid-Tough Digital Camera for Girls
Yes, the name is the same as other cameras…but the design is different, and this one is intended for the preschool set, especially the girls who love pink, pink and more pink. The camera’s design includes bumpy handle grips for better traction, two-eye viewing for kid-friendly picture taking, and decent, although not great, storage abilities to hold up to 50 pictures.
- Little girls love the girly-pink color and princess-style features.
- Preschoolers should have no trouble learning to use this camera.
- Build in flash.
- Optional SD slot can increase memory storage capacity.
- Can hold only 50 pictures right out of the box.
- Pictures can be blurry.
- LCD said to be grainy.
15. Liquid Image Explorer Series 5.0MP Underwater Digital Camera Mask
For the child who has everything or the budding oceanographer, this isn’t just a camera – it’s an underwater mask with built-in camera. And surprisingly, it takes decent pictures and better videos.
- Frees up your hands so you can swim and enjoy the scenery while you take pictures.
- Automatic shut off to save batteries.
- Video and still images capacities.
- Learning curve can be steep to use the features.
- Automatic shut off can be “too fast” for some people.
- Some people reported it leaked water, and support for problems was poor.
16. VTech Kidizoom Kids Digital Camera Red Blue Flames 2x Zoom
VTech once again impressed parents with this children’s digital camera. Durable, fun and realistic using, many reported it took better quality pictures than expected.
- Good quality pictures for a children’s camera.
- Very durable design.
- Reasonably priced.
- Lacks child-friendly handles.
- Does not have a flash.
17. Bell+Howell DC5-BL 5MP Digital Camera with 1.8-Inch LCD (Blue)
Although marketed for adults, the super low price point makes this an attractive “real” camera for children and teens who want to take the best quality pictures they can. Direct upload to YouTube enables teens to share videos and still photos with their friends easily and quickly.
- Clear, sharp pictures.
- School-age children can handle grown up camera functions with ease on this model.
- Small, compact camera.
- Problems with battery compartment door coming open during use.
- Micro SD card difficult to insert and remove.
18. Hello Kitty Digital Camera Kit #94009
This under $20 model camera offers reasonable photos for the price. It’s designed for youngsters but without many of the kid-friendly features the other brands offer. If you’re looking for a digital camera at the cost of a disposable camera, the Hello Kitty model may be right for you.
- Very inexpensive.
- Includes changeable faces which kids like to use.
- Takes reasonable quality pictures for the camera specifications.
- Some users report problems connecting camera to their computers.
- Software reported difficult to use.
19. Kodak Easyshare C195 Digital Camera (Silver)
Like several other cameras, this one is marked to adults, but suitable for older children and teens. The Kodak Easyshare receives good marks for picture quality and value for the money.
- Pictures clear and sharp.
- Better zoom quality than many other digital cameras.
- Good for teens but not younger children.
- Buttons very small.
- Typical AA batteries do not last long.
- Kodak no longer offers website support to upload photos – may need to find alternative methods of uploading photos to your computer.
20. Nerf 2.1MP Digital Camera With 1.5″ TFT Preview Screen, 25056
The Nerf name seems synonymous with durability, and this camera doesn’t disappoint. Its sturdy design and sport look appeals to boys looking for a good digital camera. Rubberized design makes it both easy to hold and extremely durable.
- Strong, sturdy model good for kids who are rough with their toys.
- Easy to use.
- Hard to turn on.
- Difficulty downloading pictures.
21. Nickelodeon SpongeBob Digital Camera with 1.4-Inch LCD Screen – Yellow (27062)
Fans of SpongeBob will love this yellow digital camera. It includes editing software and holds up to 120 pictures.
- Easy for young children to use.
- Seems to go through batteries very quickly, and doesn’t offer a rechargeable battery option.
- Users report problems with camera refusing to turn on again (may be battery issue).
22. Marvel Avengers Digital Camera
Spider-Man, Avengers…for the kid who has to have his favorite characters on the camera, this is a good choice. It’s a fairly standard children’s digital camera holding up to 100 images.
- No additional memory cards needed – holds a reasonable amount for the price.
- Connects to any computer using standard USB port.
- Not as sturdy as other digital cameras.
- Buttons can be small for younger children to use.
23. LEGO 8MP Digital Camera
The camera does indeed look like a bunch of Legos stacked together…but yes, it is a real, functioning camera. Build in flash and fixed focus plus good zoom abilities make this a feature-packed digital camera for kids.
- Good images for a children’s camera.
- Rechargeable battery via USB port.
- Includes flash.
- Holds only 80 pictures without an option to expand memory.
- Even with rechargeable battery, battery life is short.
- Complaints about poor customer support.
24. Disney Mickey Mouse 2.1MP Digital Camera (81016)
This 2.1 megapixel camera offers children a fun, simply to use camera for every day picture taking. A good starter camera for young children.
- Simple to use.
- Includes wrist strap, USB cable, software and many extras.
- Only holds 28 pictures at a time.
- Higher than normal number of complaints about damaged units inside the packaging.
25. Cobra Digital Squeezable Kids Camera, Blue DC150-BL
The Cobra Digital camera includes a digital camera, web camera and video camera in one neat package. The soft, squeezable rubber shell holds up to a lot of abuse, and makes this a good first camera for kids.
- Excellent price for the value.
- Durable and unique soft rubber shell for the camera protects it and makes it easy for kids to hold.
- Buttons and modes can be confusing for children to learn.
- Can only take pictures from about two to four feet away from the subject.
Accessories for Your Child’s Digital Camera
Many of the digital cameras listed include basic accessories, such as a wrist strap, but most benefit from some simple accessories. Read the description included with the camera carefully and note what additional accessories you might need.
- Transcend 2 GB SD Flash Memory Card (TS2GSDC): The Transcend 2 GB flash memory card offers an inexpensive workhorse of a card that’s great to use with kids’ digital cameras. It can be a little slow, but offers all the features of pricier memory cards at a value price.
- 2 GB SD Memory Card for Fisher Price Kid-Tough Digital Camera digital camera/camcorder is pre-formatted for the Kid-Tough line of Fisher Price video and digital cameras. It offers convenience at an affordable price.
- Triple Pack 2GB MaxRam SD Memory Card offers a multipack of memory cards compatible with Vtech Kids Digital Cameras and many other popular models.
- dCables Fisher-Price Kid-Tough USB Cable – USB Computer Cord for Kid-Tough offers a replacement or additional USB cable compatible with Fisher-Price Kid Tough cameras.
- BIRUGEAR USB Sync Cable Cord for VTech V Tech Kidi Zoom Digital Camera with Cable Tie connects your child’s Vtech camera to the computer easily and affordably through a USB cable.
- VTech Kidizoom Digital Camera Case – Pink: Buying a VTech Kidizoom camera for that special little girl? Then make sure she has a fashionable matching pink camera case to go with it!
- DURAGADGET Padded Camera Bag / Case With Shoulder Strap & Zip Pockets For Children’s VTech Kidizoom Cameras (Including Plus, Twist & Other Models) offers kids a camera bag that looks, feels and performs just like an adult’s camera bag. Protects, stores and transports their cameras in style.
Photo printers aren’t just for the kids in the family. The following photo printers offer great value, crisp color and great images.
- Canon SELPHY CP910 Black Portable Wireless Compact Photo Color Printer: Hook up a camera or use a digital device like an iPad to print each photo on the Canon Selphy. Borderless printing creates professional-looking images right at home.
- Epson Stylus C88+ Color Inkjet Printer (C11C617121): Epson’s photo printer offers speedy printing with great resolution, borderless images, and the most popular image sizes. This is a great photo printer for both children and adults.
Digital Pictures Frames
- Zazoo Photo Clock for Toddlers and Kids of All Ages, Green/Owls: Your child will love this personalized digital picture frame that doubles as a clock – and an alarm clock. Upload images to the digital frame and it displays both the picture and time.
- Sungale CD802 8-Inch Digital Photo Frame (Black): Let your child display his work in this high-performance digital picture frame. Features crisp display and build-in speakers to listen to music, too.
Traditional Photo Albums
- Enesco Big Brother 7″ Photo Album: Soft cover with handles to make it easy for younger children to carry and share their favorite photos. Great photo album for a child with a new baby brother or sister.
- Disney Mickey and Gang “Sweet Memories” Photo Album: These traditional photo albums let your child display his original pictures on 10 white pages with clear cling-film covers.
- American Girl Crafts Memory Book, Friends: The American Girl Crafts Memory Book transforms your child’s photos into an original scrapbook. Includes stickers, templates and scrapbooking ideas for hours of fun arranging photos and telling stories to share with family and friends.
- Using Digital Images (Super Smart Information Strategies) by Suzy Rabbat presents information on digital photography for ages 9 and up.
- Photography for Kids! A Fun Guide to Digital Photography (English and English Edition) Hardcover – May 11, 2011 by Michael Ebert.
- The Kids’ Guide to Digital Photography: How to Shoot, Save, Play with & Print Your Digital Photos by Jenni Bidner teaches kids the basics of taking great photos, making them better with technology, and printing them at home.
- Cameras for Kids by John Crippen: This book both informs and inspires kids to take better photos and transform their photos into simple crafts. Most of the craft supplies can be purchased inexpensively at the dollar store or made from recycled materials.
Inspire your budding photographer by sharing the following resources. Who knows? Maybe you’ll be inspired to take more pictures, too!
- Click It Up a Notch offers free photography tips for all ages, but their article on photography techniques and crafts for kids is sure to spark your child’s creativity.
- Teaching Kids Photography offers lesson plans, tips, techniques and more to teach children all about digital photography. It’s a great resource that includes tons of information to help your child get the most out of his new digital camera.
- Teach a Child Photography is an article that shares great tips, tricks and links to more information to help your child enjoy his digital photography hobby.
- Heidi Jensen is a photographer who teaches kids ages 8 to 11 how to take great photographs.
- The Artful Parent features a good article on teaching kids the art of photography:
- Teach Kids How offers advice for teaching kids digital photography skills at different ages.
- This free information sheet offers advice to teach children how to use digital cameras. It focused on the most common problems kids face when taking pictures, and how to help them overcome those problems to take better images.
- Teachers and home schooling parents can find ideas for incorporating digital photography into daily lessons, especially for children ages 7 to 10, in this informative article from Education World.
- Help your kids learn basic photography vocabulary with YouLearn.
- MetroParent offers advice for teaching children the basics of photography.
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