The holiday season is around the corner, and I am sure you and your kids can't wait to create a ton of beautiful memories. And what better way to preserve these memories than photographing them. Digital cameras are one of the easiest ways to capture life's beautiful memories. Plus, they are easier to handle for kids.
All you need to do is point and shoot, and that's about it. No need to worry about expensive films and or of running out of films either.
There are many digital cameras around which are built, especially for kids — both old and young. And whether it's a holiday lunch or an adventure outing, cameras are useful in a myriad of scenarios.
So, here's our roundup of the best digital cameras for kids.
If you have a little one who is keen on photography, the VTech KidiZoom Camera Pix makes for a good buy. This digital camera comes in a hefty and sturdy package that protects the camera from drops and stumbles. The best thing is that the colors and the materials used are kid-friendly. It sports an attractive look, and the cool grips on the body make it convenient to handle the camera, even for small hands.
Coming to the specs, the Pix comes with a 2-megapixel lens and supports 4x digital zoom. Plus, it has a couple of fun elements as well. There are collage templates, animated photo effects as well as a couple of fun games thrown in. In short, this little camera also doubles up as a gaming pad when not in use. That is useful in long family trips, which can sometimes be boring for the young ones.
Being a digital camera, you can store all the images in a micro SD card when needed, and you can easily transfer photos from this card. Most users have praised this camera for its durability, ease of use, and good battery life. Plus, the picture quality is not bad for the price. There's a tiny screen at the back. It's small but is adequate for most tasks.
However, let me emphasize that you won't get DSLR-like picture quality. Also, it's a bit too much to expect at that from a sub-$30 camera.
The camera is strong and will live to tell the tale even when dropped, making it perfect for kids who are just learning to handle gadgets.
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2. VTech Kidizoom Duo Selfie Camera (4 to 6 Years)
If you are looking for a digital camera with a good selfie support, you can give the VTech Kidizoom Duo Selfie Camera a shot. As suggestive of its name, it features a selfie camera in addition to a rear-facing one. The 2.4-inch color LCD screen and its fun camera effects help the purpose.
Similar to the one above, this camera features extra protection and grips. What's more, you also get a couple of motion-control games with it. Specs-wise, the Duo features a 2-megapixel main camera and a 0.3-megapixel rear camera.
Again, the picture quality is decent. The pictures may not be as sharp. But then, kids don't care, do they? There are built-in parental controls for the games, should you want to limit the game time for your little one. Plus, it comes with a photo optimization feature.
Parents seem to love its durability as well as the entertainment quotient it brings.
This sub-$500 camera is great for toddlers and big kids and makes for a good gift option.
The Nikon COOLPIX W100 is an apt option for slightly older kids who have a fair bit of knowledge of frames and the likes. It's a simple point and shoot camera with not as many controls as DSLR cameras. You'll find a few controls for exposure controls, and that's about it.
It's lightweight, and the small form factor means it's well suited for smaller hands. Plus, its menus and settings simplified settings make it easy to capture videos and photos effortlessly. So, all you need to do is focus and click. Simple.
It comes with a 13.2-megapixel shooter, and it shoots Full HD videos and images. The quality is decent for the price and is likely to get better results compared to the kid cameras mentioned above. Plus, the fact that it's waterproof also helps its cause, as you can take it out for a spin during light drizzles.
You'll need a memory card to store pictures. It comes with Wi-Fi and NFC, and you can transfer the pictures to your phone to jazz up the images.
People seem to be pleased with the camera's performance, be it the quality, the shockproof and waterproof design, or the simplistic settings. As user Wendi-Jo Wendt says — The picture quality is as expected with this type of camera.
Unlike the ones above, the Polaroid Snap is a perfect mix between a standard Polaroid camera, an instant camera, and a digital camera. It bundles a 3.5-inch TFT touchscreen, a 13-megapixel lens, and a built-in photo printer — all packed in one. And since it's an instant camera, meaning you'll get a physical copy right away.
There's no use of ink in this one. Instead, it uses thermal paper to print the photos, which are measured around 3x2-inches. Plus, the touchscreen lets you control almost everything on the camera.
You can stick a memory card up to 32GB to store photos. And the best thing about it is that you can go on shooting even when you run out of film. Cool, right?
The photo quality isn't top-notch, especially in low light. Thankfully, the daylight captures are pretty decent. Plus, don't expect a long battery life. It's perfect for kids in the 8-9 group if you are fine with the price.
Another rugged and great point and shoot camera for kids is the Fujifilm FinePix XP130. Thanks to the ruggedized grips on its corners, it's easy to handle as well. At the same time, the compact size means users with small hands can use it without any hassles.
It sports a 16.4-megapixel sensor, which shoots a pretty great picture. The images are well-detailed, and the clarity and saturation are on point. However, the low-light images tend to have a little bit of noise.
The Fujifilm FinePix XP130 is childproof and is a great point-and-shoot camera for older kids who are just starting to learn about cameras. And hey, it makes a great companion for camping and vacations.
The Canon PowerShot ELPH 180 has a 20-megapixel sensor and is paired with an 8x zoom lens. This camera, with both program mode and automatic controls, is aimed at slightly older kids who are looking to polish their photography skills before moving on to bigger cameras. Furthermore, it boasts of Wi-Fi and NFC to connect your phone to it.
The design is simple, which makes it easy to carry it around. Plus, it's sleek, which makes it convenient to fit into the palms of your hands. Lastly, the big screen makes it easy to see what's in front of your camera, or to make changes in the camera's settings.
While the automatic mode takes care of exposure and other parameters, your kids can play around with the exposure compensation, ISO, and white balance in the Program mode.
I am going to repeat myself here again and say that you’re not going to get DSLR-quality images. However, you can expect it to churn out some sharp and detailed images. Use a tripod, and you will end with a stable shot. In short, it's a great digital camera for older kids.
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Make Memories Last
They say that creativity is at its peak during the childhood period, and hence, it's of utmost importance that you give it a gentle nudge should your kid deviate towards photos and photography. Again, the joy of owning a working digital camera is utterly incomparable.
Plus, it's great for gifting purposes, as well. So, which of these will you pick?
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