Many young children can handle a “regular” digital camera, especially if it’s inexpensive. Point-and-click digital cameras with less features, for example, or older models, will still please children and take some decent pictures. However, if you’re interested in getting a designed-for-kids camera, you’ll find some worthwhile choices. You may not have had too much luck in recent years (try as we did, we could never find one that we could recommend without a zillion caveats), but there are two current offerings that stand out from the rest. We’ll tell you about them here.
Our Top Picks for Digital Cameras for Kids
Fisher Price Kid Tough Digital Camera
This camera truly does live up to its name–it is “kid-tough”. It’s durable, easy to use, and looks funky. Available in both pink and blue.
Picture quality is questionable, as with all digital cameras designed for kids. If you’re looking for quality pictures, go for a “regular” digital camera that is inexpensive enough that you won’t lament too much if it breaks.
We love the chunkiness of the camera and its ergonomic features. The LCD window is a not-very-healthy 1.5″ and full color. The viewfinder is two-eye so there is no squinting required. This latest model is waterproof as well. It comes with the necessary USB cable for computer connection.
What’s different than older models of the same camera is the lack of SD slot. However, it has 64 MB of flash memory built in, so there’s room for many pictures straight off.
For more information, user reviews, or to buy: Fisher-Price Kid-Tough Waterproof Digital Camera Pink
Kidizoom Digital Camera by Vtech
Although this camera boasts video and sound, its image quality is poor. Its 1.8″ LCD screen is acceptable, and a tad larger than the one on the Kid Tough camera, but still not great for little eyes. It has a dual viewfinder (so kids don’t have to squint), and more advanced features, although sometimes more is less when it comes to the target market–preschoolers.
For more information, user reviews or to buy: Vtech – Kidizoom Digital Camera – Blue
Because lower-end adult digital cameras are really quite inexpensive these days, we recommend getting one of those for kids approximately ages 6 and up, depending on the maturity of the child and the care with which he or she handles the camera.
Have a digital camera and looking for ideas for activities with the kids? We have some great suggestions in our article, Fun and Learning with Photos – Digital Cameras, Photography, and Kids.