4 Kids Digital Camera. There are several choices available that won’t break the bank, whether you are looking for a nearly unbreakable camera that your toddler can throw against the wall or something for an older child who wants to learn more about photography.
Here are our picks for each of the best Kids Digital Camera:
Kids Digital Camera – VTech KidiZoom Camera Pix ($40)
There are a million cameras under $50 to choose from, and this VTech model is one of the most common. The Camera Pix does have a 2 Megapixel sensor (assumedly smaller than that of a mobile phone), a micro USB port, 4X digital zoom, and both built-in and microSD memory. The camera is somewhat rugged (though VTech does not provide specifics), but it is not waterproof. The KidiZoom is also energized by four AA batteries, which is a steal when compared to the $60 lithium-ion packs found in most digital cameras.
Children can take pictures using the stereo viewfinders or the 1.8″ LCD on the back. In addition to still images, the KidiZoom can record QVGA (320 x 240) videos for up to 5 mins.
Other tricks are up the KidiZoom’s sleeve. When it detects faces, the camera goes into selfie mode and takes a photo. It also comes with four built-in games (!) and a plethora of special effects.
Overall, the VTech KidiZoom appears to be a fun and inexpensive way to introduce your five-year-old to photography, and should it break, a replacement is only $40.
Kids Digital Camera – Olympus Tough TG-6 ($399)
If you want a better camera for a kid who is more responsible… with his or her electronics, the Olympus TG-6 is a fantastic pick. It has even more rugged credentials than the Nikon, with the ability to dive much deeper underwater or be crushed (within reason). The build quality is excellent, with two curls on both doors and dual-paned glass to protect against fogging of the lens.
The TG-6’s larger sensor, as well as a faster lens (with a versatile 25-100mm equivalent range), create it a capable point-and-shoot camera even in low light. In terms of image quality, it doesn’t compete with the best-in-class smartphones, but it is the best you’ll find on a waterproof camera.
We could write an entire article about the TG-6’s features, but suffice it to say that it can shoot very fast bursts, capture photos ‘taken’ before the shutter release is completely pressed, take some seriously magnificent long exposures, and record 4K video. If your child enjoys hiking, the camera’s capability to record the spot, elevation, and temperature for each shot make reviewing images more enjoyable than it would be with a standard camera or phone.
Kids Digital Camera – Nikon Coolpix W150 ($150)
If you’re looking for something a little more “camera-like” than the low-cost options, the Nikon Coolpix W150 may be a good choice.
The W150 can withstand a fall of 1.8 meters (5.9 feet) and function at depths of up to 10m (33ft), so it will be alive if you discover it at the bottom of the pool. If you take it to a snow park, it should work in conditions as low as -10°C (14°F). The camera also is dustproof, so going to the beach should be no problem.
The W150 has a simple design, with simple controls but also a large shutter release as well as video buttons. It lacks a touchscreen, as do all current underwater cameras, so there will be a tiny learning curve for a child accustomed to using a smartphone.
The W150’s technical specifications are unremarkable, but that’s not why you’re buying it. The camera has a 13MP sensor the size of a smartphone, a 30-90mm equivalent lens, a 2.7″ LCD, and 1080p video capture. It does have Wi-Fi as well as Bluetooth, so you can easily transfer photos to your phone.
Kids Digital Camera – Canon PowerShot G9 X II ($429)
If you have an older child who is developing a keen interest in photography and want something they can grow with, we suggest Canon’s PowerShot G9 X II, which is available for less than $450. This camera is pocketable, has a 1″ sensor that produces very excellent image quality, and has a touch-based interface that smartphone users will quickly grasp.
The stabilized lens has a 28-84mm equivalent focal range, which is more than enough for a pre-teen, but not as versatile as more costly enthusiast compacts. Beginners can establish the mode dial to Smart Auto and the camera will do the rest, such as selecting the appropriate scene mode for the situation.
There are numerous special effects modes, such as ‘background defocus,’ as well as some enjoyable star modes that are simple to set up and enjoy. To use the camera’s Wi-Fi and Bluetooth, you can easily transfer photos to a smartphone.
The G9 X II will grow with your child, providing manual exposure controls, innovative AF modes, and Raw support, allowing them to use more advanced cameras.