Photography Gifts for Kids: Top 5 Best Cameras for Children in 2019 (Updated)

What Is the Best Beginner Camera for a Child in 2019? (My Top 5 List)

What is the best beginner camera for a child? My top 5 list for 2019.

Truth is:

If you yourself own a digital camera, you likely sparked your child’s interest in photography. 

If that’s true, then it’s time to think about (awesome) photography gifts for kids.

Good news:

I’ve prepared the top 5 list of best digital cameras for children in 2019.

(Most of which are OK even for 5 year olds.)

Something tells me that they will be ecstatic about having their own photography gear.

Don’t you agree?

How to Choose the Right Kid-Friendly Camera?

A common question: 

  • “What is the best cheap kids digital camera for 2019?”

While it might seem that selecting a camera for your child is tricky, it’s actually pretty simple.

Just think of the following when making a purchase:

  • durability
  • ease of use
  • (fun) design
  • low price tag

The good news is that children don’t really need a lot of complicated camera settings.


What they need is a straightforward camera that is also able to withstand the series of unfortunate events that they will befall it.

(As morbid as it sounds, this is actually the truth.)

So, you MUST get durable digital cameras.


Here’s a quick overview of what to expect in this post:

Top 5 Best Digital Cameras for Kids (2019)

Ready to find out which one can take a beating?

Then keep on reading.

Best “Real” Camera for Kids in 2019

Nikon W100

  • Type: Ultracompact
  • Weight: 177 g
  • Batteries: 2 AA 
  • Durability: Shockproof, waterproof
  • OK for kids under 5 y/o? – Yes.


If you feel that your kids are old enough and would prefer an “adult” camera with children’s menu, then I encourage you to check out Nikon W100.

It’s also one of my recommended cameras for family vacations (with children).

What I am trying to say here:

W100 is a camera for the whole family use, not just for the kids.

Why is it great?

  • The design of the control system resembles a pocket game console.
  • The buttons on the Nikon Coolpix W100 are large and comfortable.

It gets better:

The children’s menu allows your kids to take pictures in a game form, with animated characters on the screen, and they can put colorful stamps on already-taken shots.

For little photographers additional accessories are available:

  • a designer backpack, and,
  • a floating camera strap.

Great camera for children and whole family use

Here’s the deal:

This camera can withstand a drop from a height of up to 1.8 meters and dive to a depth of 10 meters.

It’s also capable to handle a cold weather of up to -10 °C, while retaining all its technical capabilities.


(And this is important)

When you turn on the camera, on the screen you will see “waterproofing precautions” greeting.

Basically, it will guide you through so that water doesn’t get into the camera when you’re using it underwater or in bad weather conditions.

The thing is:

Battery compartment requires a two-step unlock process so that you don’t accidentally open it underwater…

… Or when anything else that may get inside your battery compartment.


Make sure to follow the guidelines closely to avoid any issues while shooting pics under the water!

Let’s watch a video review of Nikon W100:

The Pros:

  • best for family use (and for vacations)
  • pretty waterproof
  • easy to use
  • lots of fun features for kids

The Cons:

  • must be careful underwater (follow the instructions closely)
  • photo quality might not satisfy the adult photographers
  • pretty short battery life 

Nikon W100: Best Camera for Family Use in 2019

Without a doubt:

It’s a child-friendly digital camera and is great for family use.

Remember though that it costs less than $200 and you shouldn’t expect a top-notch photo quality.

Your kids however will definitely enjoy it.

For those of you who often go on family vacations and prefer adrenaline-filled trips, this camera is gorgeous.

Top Rated Cameras for Kids Right Now

Polaroid Snap

  • Type: Instant digital camera
  • Weight: 397 g
  • Batteries: Built-in Li-on
  • Durability: Durable but not waterproof
  • OK for kids under 5 y/o? – No.

Just like Nikon W100, this camera is best for your older kids.

For 5 year-olds or less, it’s not the best option for a number of reasons, but for the 8+ year-olds Polaroid Snap will be a unique gift.

I’ll be honest:

At first, I was doubting between Fujifilm Instax Mini 9 and Polaroid Snap.

But then I decided that the latter will better suit your children’s needs:

  • it has simple controls,
  • large (print) photos,
  • and is convenient in size.

Polaroid Snap is an “instant” camera.

Basically it’s a digital camera with a built-in printer. 


While to you it might be a thing of the past, for your children it will be unlike anything else.

This Polaroid was built with simplicity in mind, so it’s very easy for kids to use.

The good news is that it comes with a built-in Li-on battery, so you can recharge it with your USB cable.

Keep in mind:

While the body is made of hard plastic and can withstand minor hits, it’s best to use a wrist strap that is included to avoid accidental drops.

Fujifilm Instax vs Polaroid Snap:

Below Chelsea and her daughter talk about Fujifilm Instax vs Polaroid Snap, which will help you understand which camera suits best for your child.

The Pros:

  • Value price
  • No AA batteries needed
  • Presence of memory card
  • Filters

The Cons:

  • Flash doesn’t go off
  • Won’t take pics at night
  • There’s a firmware update, you’ll need a microSD to get it

A Unique Photo Gift for Digital Age Kids

Polaroid Snap acts more like a unique camera that your kids take with them to:

  • birthday parties,
  • during school recess/lunch time,
  • anywhere else.

In our digital age, instant printing and pictures that can be seen on actual photo paper always cause a “WoW” effect.

Don’t you think?

Tips for buying:

  • The paper comes in packs of 10. Buy a lot of it in advance! (Polaroid Zink)
  • Get  16GB or 32GB microSD card with it so you can update the firmware.


I think it’s a great camera for 10 year olds (and I am sure they’ll have fun snapping!)

Best Underwater Camera for Toddlers 2019

L8Star (Ytat) Underwater Camera

  • Type: Kids action camera
  • Weight: 80 g
  • Batteries: 2 AAA 
  • Durability: Shockproof, waterproof, dustproof
  • OK for kids under 5 y/o? – Yes.

Just keep swimming…

Like what the lovable Dory says in the movie Finding Nemo, you can just keep swimming and swimming.

With this camera, though, your child can do more than just that…

… They can also take pictures while underwater! 

Why do I recommend this camera?

  • Fun design and constructed in a way that it’ll be easy for your kids to deal with,
  • It’s dustproof and can survive underwater up to 9.8 feet,
  • It costs around $50.

These 3 reasons already should be enough to want Ytat (now called L8Star).

What else?

First of all, this baby is small and lightweight and runs on 2 AAA batteries.


I don’t think your kid will care about its two-inch LCD screen that shows 12 million pixels, but I have a feeling that s/he will definitely enjoy playbacking the video that s/he just captured.

Control Panel:

This camera’s control panel is pretty straightforward with easy-to-press buttons within.

(Each button only has a single function.) 

Capturing photos during the night is also not a problem because this Ytat has a bright flash.

For adventurous children, this camera can be attached to:

  • helmets,
  • skateboards,
  • and bikes.

Other people have used it to capture the precious moments of their baby.

For what it’s worth:

It offers various photo resolutions (12.0, 8.0, 5.0, and 3.0 MP) as well as different video resolutions (720P, 480P, and VGA).

Available in 2 colours: red and yellow.

The Pros

  • Portable
  • Scene settings are fun to use
  • Pictures are clear
  • The use of batteries is safer for children
  • Great customer service

The Cons

  • The quality of the videos are not so good
  • The audio sounds scratchy and muffled
  • Can only be exposed to the water for 30 minutes
  • Eats up battery quickly

An Awesome Gift for Kids (Toddlers)

I feel this this might be the best toy camera for kids for any occasion, especially for around $50.

This little action camera is great because it’s:

  • cheap,
  • compact and lightweight,
  • can be used for underwater shooting for up to 30 mins
  • an easy camera for children to use

You be the judge.

Best Starter Camera for Kids in 2019

Vtech Kidizoom Camera Pix

  • Type: Durable digital camera for kids
  • Weight: 326 g
  • Batteries: 4 AA 
  • Durability: Shockproof
  • OK for kids under 5 y/o? – Yes.

Kiddie Digicam:

I tagged this camera as the kiddie digicam because its functions are just like that of a regular digital camera.

The only difference is the funky design and simpler buttons.

(The reason behind it is obvious.)


Vtech Kidizoom is a 2.0-megapixel camera designed with a digital zoom that can zoom in 4x and with an ability to record videos.

There is also a built-in micro SD card slot to allow for more storage.

In any case…

It’s one of the best cameras for kids to use, especially if they are 3-6 years old. 

The features you’ll love:

  1. It’s a durable kids camera and is designed to survive any tumbles and drips.
  2. There is also a selfie mode that can automatically detect your kid’s face.
  3. It has photo collage templates, so your kids can enjoy editing the photos and adding effects. 

(All in all, this camera is programmed with 35 photo editing effects.)

It gets better:

Vtech Kidizoom has 4 games.

This means that your children won’t get bored after taking some fun photos because they can also play the games in the camera.

One last thing:

Personally, I have a habit of checking the battery life aspect of digital technology.

And what I liked here is that this kids camera automatically turns off when not in use, which therefore prolongs battery life.

Speaking of which… 

You’ll need 4 AA batteries for this one.

The Pros

  • Easy to set up
  • The controls are easy to use
  • Fun to edit the photos within the camera
  • Feels like a real digital camera
  • Durable
  • Automatically turns off when not in use, prolongs battery life
  • Lightweight

The Cons

  • Takes low-quality photos
  • Has no flash
  • Not waterproof
  • Cover plates of the battery compartment easily come off
  • Can be a bit bulky for the little ones
  • Capture button has a bit of a delay

Durable Cameras for Children: Vtech Kidizoom 

Why do I like it?


Here are the main 3 reasons:

  • durability
  • selfie mode
  • photo collages and effects

If your children are under 10 years of age, I am sure they’ll love it.

And you’ll love the fact that it costs less than $50 (as of writing this article).

Best Durable Digital Cameras for Kids (2019)

Fisher-Price Kid-Tough

  • Type: Durable camera for kids
  • Weight: 408 g
  • Batteries: 4 AAAA 
  • Durability: Shockproof
  • OK for kids under 5 y/o? – Yes, it’s perfect.

Fisher-Price Digital Camera: The Classic

At one point in time, you might have owned an older version of this camera.

This digital camera is as classic as it can be as it is the go-to option for kid-friendly cameras that runs on 4 AAA batteries.

What you need to know:

It has simple features and controls that were made especially for toddlers and kids up to six years old. 

Needless to say that it’s a shockproof camera, so no amount of dropping and banging will leave this camera broken.

Like Vtech Kidizoom:

The Fisher-Price has a digital zoom that can zoom 4x.

You can download a lot of special effects and frames.

These effects are not applied after the photos are taken. Instead, they are applied while taking the photos. 

Unlike Vtech Kidizoom:

In Fisher-Price, the low light performance is better and it has a built-in memory that can house more than 2000 photos.

Its colored, 1.44-inch TFT screen allows for photo and video playback.

The Pros

  • Easy to set up
  • Shockproof
  • Can personalize pictures with effects
  • Controls can be managed easily
  • Computer connectivity is handy

The Cons

  • Not waterproof
  • Pretty bad battery life
  • Doesn’t have flash
  • Has a shutter delay
  • Can only take decent pictures in bright light

Best Digital Camera for 5 Year Old Kids

Fisher-Price Kid-Tough might be the best beginner camera for a child. 

Why I think it’s great:

  • Easy to set up and manage
  • An extremely durable camera for kids
  • The sound effects make it feel like a real camera


It’s a bit pricey but it sure makes a great gift.

(Excellent photography gift for kids under 7 years old).

Best Beginner Camera for a Child: The Verdict

What is the best camera for kids to use? Check out these 5 top-rated digital cameras for children.


Like what I said before, all 5 cameras are great in helping build a child’s interest in photography.

However, you might have noticed that each of them excel in a specific field or is good for a particular age group.

You should decide what’s the best camera for YOUR kid to use.

Based on this article:

  • you have a camera for family use that has children’s menu
  • you have an instant camera with a “wow factor” for our Digital Age kids
  • you have one that is best for water sports or for being an action camera,
  • another one mimics a professional digital camera,
  • and lastly, there’s also a no-fuss camera that is built to last.

It really depends on how old your child is.


If I were to name just one for little kids, I’d recommend checking out VTech Kidizoom Camera Pix on Amazon.


Because unlike previous years, children have become smarter and more demanding.

In a world full of tablets and smartphones, your child will surely appreciate a camera that closely resembles that of the real deal, instead of it looking like a toy.

(But for 10-12 year-olds, Nikon W100 might be a better “adult”-version option.)

Keep in mind:

These cameras all cost under $200 or even under $50.

You shouldn’t expect a high image quality but what we are looking for here is the experience that your child will have when he or she is using the camera.

With the one from VTech, definitely, your child will feel like he or she is a professional photographer.

Either way…

All of the above make great photography gifts for kids.

Best Digital Cameras for Children in 2019:
Your Thoughts?

Now, I’d like to hear from YOU:

  • How old is your child, 5 years old? 10 years old?
  • What is your price range? 
  • Which of these in my top 5 list of kids digital cameras you’d get as a gift this year?

Let me know any thoughts, questions, and/or suggestions in the comments!

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