Cheap Digital Cameras for Kids- Raise a Talented Photographer!

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Most of the parents seen their kids, even very younger kids, pick up a mobile phone and handle them easily, it seems that they were born knowing all about digital devices. I think that most kids age 5 or older are ready for a digital camera; you can encourage them to be involved in such a great hobby. Offering them a decent, cheap camera will, of course, let them take photos on summer vacation with their family and friends. And the important thing is you are providing them with the right tool to make Them Love an Amazing Hobbylearn, and gain knowledge about photography.

In this post, I’ll provide you with a brief sampling of cheap digital cameras for kids that I think will serve ages between 5-12 with performance and durability. Then I’ll go through some cameras that are more appropriate for teenagers. I tried to add different cameras types (point and shoot, Polaroid, waterproof, selfie, etc.). The prices mentioned in the post are only valid on 8-2017.

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Age: 5-8 years

If you’re shopping for an under-10, you probably don’t want to spend a lot of money, and durability is likely to be important. You want something lightweight that won’t break the first time it gets dropped, and the simpler the operation the better.

1)VTech Kidizoom DUO CameraVTech Kidizoom DUO Camera

VTech Kidizoom DUO Camera

Price: $59.99

Kidizoom® Duo Camera is a durable and easy to use a digital camera with front and rear facing cameras so you can take fun photos and selfies. Special featured Photo Optimization, when you take a photo, multiple shots will be taken and the camera will find the best shot to save. The camera also features movie recording and voice recording with five different voice changing effects. 2.4″ TFT color screen, front camera 1600 x 1200 pixels, and rear camera 640 x 480 pixels. There is 256 MB of memory (shared with program data) built into the camera, or you can use a microSD card to expand the memory and store even more photos and videos.

 

2)Vivitar VF126 ViviCam F126 Digital Camera

Vivitar VF126 ViviCam F126 Digital Camera

Vivitar VF126 ViviCam F126 Digital Camera

Price: $19.95

The ViviCam F126 Digital Camera lets you capture clear and lively photos using its 14 Megapixels resolution. This digital camera is designed with 2.7″ LCD monitor that allows you to view your saved photos with ease. The ViviCam F126 Digital Camera is equipped with 4x Digital Zoom, letting you shoot and capture far subjects without any distortion.

 

3)VTech Kidizoom Camera Pix

VTech Kidizoom Camera Pix

VTech Kidizoom Camera Pix

Price: $39.78

Take real digital photographs with the durable Kidizoom Camera Pix by VTech. This kid-friendly camera includes all the tools budding photographers want to use. Turn the camera to take a picture of yourself and it will automatically detect faces for a perfect selfie! Take photos in a variety of exciting templates to create your own photo collages. Explore your creativity by using static and animated photo effects to enhance your pictures. The Camera Pix also has a video recorder, voice recorder, 4 built-in games and more that add to the fun. Explore your creativity! Requires 4 AA batteries (not included).

 

4)Polaroid PIC-300 Instant Film Camera

Polaroid PIC-300 Instant Film Camera

Polaroid PIC-300 Instant Film Camera

Price: $69.99

Easy and fun to use

To use, simply snap, print, and share your photos – that’s it! Take it on the go so you can send friends and family home with pictures of their own within minutes. The film counts down like a disposable camera so you know how many pictures are left before you change the film.

Taking a picture in all light settings

When the camera isn’t used for 5 minutes while the power was turned on, all the lamps automatically turn off and the camera enters an energy saving state. The camera can be reset to the “power on” state by hitting the shutter release button or pushing and pulling the lens section. The Pic-300 uses four AA batteries (must be the same type and size of alkaline batteries).

 

5)VTech Kidizoom Selfie Cam

VTech Kidizoom Selfie Cam

VTech Kidizoom Selfie Cam

Price: $46.13

Get fabulous photos of you and all your friends using the Kidizoom Selfie Cam by VTech! The rotating camera lens and selfie stick make it fun and easy to take group pictures and videos. Little photographers can enhance their photos with a variety of fun effects or go into the makeup studio to add wigs, eye shadow, and accessories! Take all of the cool pics and put them together in a musical slideshow to share with friends and family. The Selfie Cam also includes three fun logic and memory games.

 

6)VTech Kidizoom Action Cam

VTech Kidizoom Action Cam

VTech Kidizoom Action Cam

Price: $45.33

The Kidizoom Action Cam by VTech lets little videographers capture their adventures with videos and photos! The Action Cam is a great first video camera for kids and is durable enough to handle drops and tumbles. It can go anywhere and do anything kids can do with two included mounts so they can attach it to their bike, skateboard and more. It also comes with a waterproof case so they can take videos and pictures up to 6 feet underwater! The Action Cam features a 1.4-inch color LCD screen and can take videos and photos in addition to stop-motion videos and time-lapse photos. Your child can also explore their creativity with fun effects, frames and photo filters. They can download their photos and videos to a computer using the included micro USB cable and share them with family and friends. For even more fun, they can also play three exciting learning games. Built-in rechargeable Li-ion Polymer battery (Approximate continuous photo taking and recording time is 2.5 hours.

 

Age: 8-12 years

We are moving from the toy like cameras into something real, but the durability is still a concern at this age, and there are a few rugged cameras that may be a good fit for middle- to late-elementary school students. The following models offer a degree of manual control which will be useful for older children as they get more interested in controlling their camera.

 

7)Nikon COOLPIX W100

Nikon COOLPIX W100

Nikon COOLPIX W100

Price: $156.95

Product highlights:

  • Beautiful pictures are easy to take on land or in the sea. Waterproof down to a depth of 33 feet, shockproof from a 5.9 feet drop, freezeproof down to a temperature of 14°F.
  • Stay connected with Nikon’s SnapBridge app on a compatible smartphone or tablet and unlock exciting new capabilities with the COOLPIX W100. Built-in Wi-Fi®, NFC and Bluetooth® low energy (BLE) maintain a connection between the app and your camera
  • 2 MP CMOS image sensor and genuine NIKKOR 3x optical zoom glass lens/6x Dynamic Fine Zoom

 

8)Sony DSC-TF1/B 16 MP Waterproof Digital Camera

Sony DSC-TF1/B 16 MP Waterproof Digital Camera

Sony DSC-TF1/B 16 MP Waterproof Digital Camera

Price: $169.97

Product highlights:

  • Certified waterproof (up to 33ft.) dustproof, freeze proof, and shockproof
  • 1 megapixel plus 4x optical zoom captures detailed subjects
  • Capture your videos in 720p HD Movie Mode
  • Optical Steady Shot image stabilization reduces blur
  • Take stunning images in Sweep Panorama mode-up to 360Degree

 

9)Fujifilm FinePix XP60 16.4MP Digital Camera

Fujifilm FinePix XP60 16.4MP Digital Camera

Fujifilm FinePix XP60 16.4MP Digital Camera

Price: $289.06

Product highlights:

  • Waterproof to 20 ft., Shockproof to 5 ft., Freeze proof to 14°F and Dust/Sand proof
  • 7-inch TFT color LCD monitor
  • 4 million effective pixels 1/2.3-inch CMOS image sensor with primary color filter and Optical Image Stabilizer
  • Fujinon 5x optical zoom lens with approx. 2x digital zoom (up to approx. 10x, with 5x optical zoom)
  • Full HD movie recording (1920 x 1080p) with a dedicated Movie Recording Button and Burst Mode Button

 

Teenagers

The models I’ve selected here stand out for their relatively compact physical size, ease-of-use, and range of both automatic and manual features. They’re all small and easy to use, but they also offer enough advanced functionality to allow a keen young photographer to learn the basics of photography and take their hobby further if they want to.

10)Canon PowerShot SX420 IS

Canon PowerShot SX420 IS

Canon PowerShot SX420 IS

Price:  $229.00

Product highlights:

  • Powerful 42x Optical Zoom with Optical Image Stabilizer for outstanding optical performance
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 / 3:2 / 4:3 / 1:1. Built-in Wi-Fi and NFC allows for easy sharing and transferring of images and videos.
  • 0 Megapixel sensor with DIGIC 4+ Image Processor helps deliver stunning image quality.
  • 0-inch LCD with a wide viewing angle allows clear display as well as easy operation and sharing
  • Capture 720p HD video with clear sound. Dimensions (W x H x D): 4.11 x 2.72 x 3.35 in. / 104.4 x 69.1 x 85.1mm
  • Smart AUTO intelligently selects the proper settings for the camera based on predefined shooting situations

 

11)Canon PowerShot ELPH 180 (Silver) with 20.0 MP

Canon PowerShot ELPH 180 (Silver) with 20.0 MP

Canon PowerShot ELPH 180 (Silver) with 20.0 MP

Price: $119.00

Product Highlights:

  • 8x Optical Zoom with Optical Image Stabilizer helps you capture images with flexibility and ease
  • 0 Megapixel CCD sensor combines with the DIGIC 4+ Image Processor to help deliver stunning image quality
  • 720p HD video capabilities
  • Smart AUTO intelligently selects the proper settings based on predefined shooting situations
  • Digital IS helps reduce the effect of camera shake and subject movement
  • Scene Modes such as Fisheye Effect, Toy Camera Effect, and Monochrome provide creative freedom to capture your photos

 

12)Canon PowerShot ELPH 190 IS

Canon PowerShot ELPH 190 IS

Canon PowerShot ELPH 190 IS

Price: $149.00

Product Highlights:

  • 10x Optical Zoom with Optical Image Stabilizer helps you capture images with flexibility and ease
  • Built-in Wi-Fi and NFC allows for easy sharing and transferring of images and videos
  • 0 Megapixel CCD sensor combines with the DIGIC 4+ Image Processor to help deliver stunning image quality
  • 720p HD video capabilities
  • Smart AUTO intelligently selects the proper settings based on predefined shooting situations
  • Scene Modes such as Fisheye Effect, Toy Camera Effect, and Monochrome provide creative freedom to capture your photos
  • Help Button provides simple explanations and easy control of your settings

 

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2 Comments

  1. This is a great list! I have been looking for a camera to suit my soon to be 9-year old. She has been snapping photos since she was 5 using whatever tool would let her take a pic. She’s now in selfie/snapchat mode, though. Would you recommend starting with the 5-8 year range to gauge her seriousness about photography or a camera suited to her age range?

    1. Hi Indasa

      thanks for your comment, As for your little princess, there are three things to consider. The first, she seemed interested and doing great, the second my list does not has that sharp age limits, the third , girls are more talented than boys in this age and they are growing fast. So I recommend that you pick up one from the list 8-12 years as your budget allows. Hope you all the best and for your princess I wish her happy shooting.

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