What is the best cheap kids digital camera for 2023? What is the best first (real) camera for a child?
While it might seem that selecting one for your child is tricky, it’s actually pretty simple.
Just think of the following when making a purchase:
ease of use
low price tag
The good news is that children don’t really need a lot of complicated settings.
Instead, what they need is a straightforward product 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.)
This being said… Ideally you want get products that are durable. But more importantly, fun to use to keep sparking that creativity and desire to do more photography.
1. Playskool Showcam (2-in-1)
Projector & Digital Camera for Preschoolers
Type: Compact | Weight: 1,360 grams | Batteries: 4 AA Batteries | Durability: Shockproof | OK for kids under 5 y/o: Yes
Reasons to Buy:
2-in-1 product, can turn into a projector
Storage up to 1K pics
Comes with a built in photo editor
Has a grip and build similar to “real” cameras
Easy access buttons
Great choice for toddlers/preschoolers (1-3 year olds)
Reasons to Avoid:
Might be too bulky for a baby
Inferior image quality
Let’s face it:
Children love to imitate what they see in adults. So if you love photography, there’s a really big chance your child fancies it as well.
This is very true especially if they see you always with tech gear. And you know how a child’s curiosity goes, right? If it hasn’t happened yet, then one of these days they will probably come at you and ask to borrow your stuff.
Now, are you really going to let them play with your expensive gear? Probably not.
So, to satisfy your child’s curiosity and for them to better appreciate your craft, why not give them a gadget that works the same way but fits their age?
This Playskool Showcam 2-in-1 Digital Camera and Projector is an amazing find.
It is a good product you can consider giving to your toddler this year. It looks and feels like a real “pro” camera, plus the bright colors that kids totally love.
It also comes with straps, colorful and easy to use buttons, and many more accessories that make it look like the real thing.
Plus, the body size itself is just right for a child’s hand. So ergonomically speaking, it’s great for children aged 3 – 6 years old.
But there’s more.
Playskool Showcam does not only end in being a ‘real gear’ for preschoolers, but it also turns itself into a cool projector.
With this feature, your kids can enjoy viewing and showing off their snaps with the entire family. Plus, they can be as creative as they want to be since the product comes with a built in image editor. They can put stickers and stamps on their photos to make it more fun than it already is.
Oh, did I mention that you can also easily transfer the photos to your laptop using your own USB cable?
Well, there’s a dedicated port for that but the cable is not included in the package. (I’m fairly certainly everyone already has one or two USB cables at home though, right?)
While it’s a great creative camera for toddlers (3 year olds), it’s not only good for 3 year olds, but you can also enjoy it with the whole family.
You can show your support to your budding little photographer by gathering in the living room to witness their showcase of images through its built in projector.
Type: Durable product for kids | Weight: 326 g | Batteries: 4 AA | Durability: Shockproof | OK for kids under 5 y/o: Yes
Reasons to Buy:
Easy to set up and use
Fun to edit the photos within
Feels like a real digital camera
Photo collages and effects
Automatically turns off when not in use, prolongs battery life
Reasons to Avoid:
Takes low-quality photos
Has no flash
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
I tagged this product 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 offers 2.0-megapixel and 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.
All in all, it’s one of the best ones for kids to use, especially if they are 3-6 years old.
The features they’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.
FYI: It 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 too.
One last thing…
Personally, I have a habit of checking the battery life aspect of digital technology. And what I liked here is that Kidizoom automatically turns off when not in use, which therefore prolongs battery life.
(Speaking of which, you’ll need 4 AA batteries for this one.)
All in all, it’s a great durable choice for children under 10 years old.
Particularly, it’s a great starter camera for 3-5 year olds. Even if your children are older (that is, under 10 years of age), I am sure they’ll love it.
And what YOU will love is that it costs around $50.
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 3 metres, and it costs less than $50.
These 3 reasons already should be enough to want the Ourlife (or Prograce) action cam.
First of all, this baby is small and lightweight and runs on 1 Lithium metal battery (which seems to last). The 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 product has a good resolution.
For adventurous children, this cam can potentially 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 an 8MP photo resolutions as well as 1080p/30fps video resolution.
All in all:
It a cool gift for kids (for toddlers too). I feel this this might be the best photography toy for kids for any occasion, especially considering it’s under $50.
This baby is great because it’s:
compact and lightweight,
can be used for underwater shooting for up to 2 hours
an easy one for children to use (incl. 3 years olds)
Type: Durable choice for kids | Weight: 408 g | Batteries: 4 AAAA | Durability: Shockproof | OK for kids under 5 y/o: Yes, it’s perfect.
Reasons to Buy:
Easy to set up
Can personalize pictures with effects
Controls can be managed easily
Computer connectivity is handy
Reasons to Avoid:
Pretty bad battery life
Doesn’t have flash
Has a shutter delay
Can only take decent pictures in bright light
This might be the best digital camera for 5 year olds.
Fisher-Price Digital Camera: The Classic:
At one point in time, you might have owned an older version of this product. It is as classic as it can be as it is the go-to option for kid-friendly cameras that runs on 4 AAA batteries.
It has simple features and controls that were made especially for toddlers and kids up to 6-7 years old.
Needless to say that it has a shockproof body, so no amount of dropping and banging will leave it 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.
Without a doubt, 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 product for kids
The sound effects make it feel like a real one
It’s a bit more pricey out of this list, but it’s a better quality product too.
(And an excellent photography gift for kids under 7 years old).
Type: Compact | Weight: 68 grams | Batteries: not specified but included in the package | Durability: Shockproof | OK for kids under 5 y/o: Probably, though best for 7-8 y/o
Reasons to Buy:
Rechargeable batteries (through USB cable)
Reasons to Avoid:
Not a high level photo quality (8MP)
Flash is too strong
Can store only up to 60 photos
Though it looks like it is made with a bunch of real Lego blocks, it’s actually not.
There are only three pieces of true Lego pieces and it’s on top of the flash and the upper leftmost side of it. Here, your children can attach their very own Lego blocks for a customized look.
And oh before I forget, I’d like to remind you that this is not a toy. It’s a fully functional camera that lets your child store 50-60 photos in it.
As per manufacturer’s recommendation, this device is perfect for children aged 7 – 15. But honestly, even kids as young as 3 years old are having fun with it. Thanks to the simple operation of this product, preschoolers can enjoy using it too.
It just gets better…
This unique gadget comes with a 8MP lens that allows your child to take real pictures. With this device, you can encourage your child to develop his love for art and his creativity as well.
This body also comes with a flash, but don’t expect too much from it.
From what I’ve gathered, the flash is just too strong that the resulting pictures are almost white. So this isn’t really recommended for night use. And if it’s not really necessary to use the flash, leave it off for better image captures.
This Lego digital camera doesn’t use disposable batteries.
Instead, it can be recharged via USB cable to your laptop or a travel adapter. This makes it so much easier to carry around and it saves you money that’s supposedly for the spare power packs.
All in all:
Lego blocks seems to be an all time favorite of children, regardless of gender.
They take so much joy in stacking up several blocks to create whatever toy they wish to have. Plus, the color scheme is really refreshing to eyes which makes your toddlers focus more on them.
But have you ever imagined it being a camera design for kids?
Well, I didn’t really see that coming. With that design, this toddler-friendly product stands out and your kids will definitely fall for it in an instant.
All in all, this is a good gift for your little ones. It’s a good starter pack for your child who loves photography or for those who just loves to keep mementos of their childhood lives.
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 such as a designer backpack, and a floating strap.
Here’s the deal:
While this Nikon is ultracompact, it 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 W100, 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.)
So, make sure to follow the guidelines closely to avoid any issues while shooting pics under the water!
All in all:
Nikon W100 is a child-friendly digital product and is great for 7-10 years olds, and for family use in general. Your kids however will definitely enjoy it.
Remember though that it costs less than $200 and you shouldn’t expect a top-notch photo quality.
For those of you who often go on family vacations and prefer adrenaline-filled trips, this baby is gorgeous.
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