8 best cameras for kids

by David Em
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Getting your kids a camera is a great way to help them develop skills, explore creative outlets, and capture memories.

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1. Olympus Tough TG-6

Black and red Olympus Tough TG-6 camera.
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The Olympus Tough TG-6 is a high-quality camera. However, that’s not why it’s one of the best cameras for kids. What makes the TG-6 great is that it’s waterproof up to 50 feet, dustproof, shockproof, crush-proof (100 kilogram-force), freeze-proof down to 14 degrees Fahrenheit, and has anti-fog features. It’s a camera that your kids will love, and you don’t have to worry about accidents.

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2. VTech Kidizoom DUO 5.0

Pink VTech Kidizoom DUO 5.0 camera.
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It might look like a toy, but it’s a real digital camera that’s great for kids. It’s also durable enough to handle drops and tumbles. VTech’s Kidizoom DUO 5.0 Camera can take photos or videos, features a 4-inch Color LCD screen, and operates from four AA batteries.

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3. Nikon COOLPIX W100

White Nikon COOLPIX W100 camera.
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The Nikon COOLPIX W100 is waterproof down to a depth of 33 feet, shockproof from a 5.9 feet drop, freeze-proof down to a temperature of 14-degrees Fahrenheit. It’s an excellent small camera for kids.

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4. Kodak PIXPRO FZ43

Black Kodak PIXPRO FZ43 camera.
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Kodak’s PIXPRO FZ43 is an easy-to-use compact camera with a 16-megapixel sensor and 4x optical zoom. Since you don’t need a background or knowledge in photography to use it, it’s a great camera for kids to start with.

5. Oaxis myFirst Camera 2

Blue and yellow Oaxis myFirst Camera.
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The Oaxis myFirst Camera 2 is a waterproof mini-camera designed for kids. It has a 2-inch LCD screen and an 8-megapixel sensor. Your kids can take it underwater up to 3 meters deep for 30 minutes. It’s a lightweight camera, so it’s easy to hold. It also comes with a lanyard to make it more convenient.

6. Fujifilm Instax Mini 11 Instant Camera

White Fujifilm Instax Mini 11 instant camera.
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Fujifilm’s Instax Mini 11 Instant Camera offers a special experience because your kids will be able to instantly see and feel the photo after they capture it. It’s also helpful when it comes to exposure. It’ll automatically choose the optimal shutter speed in any environment.

7. Polaroid Now

Black Polaroid Now camera.
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The Polaroid Now is a point-and-shoot analog instant camera that has a retro look. It’s a fun camera to have, and your kids will love it. The autofocus 2‑lens system means that you won’t have to worry about missing a moment due to a blurry photo.

8. Canon PowerShot ELPH 190 IS

Canon Elph 190 IS camera.
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Canon’s PowerShot ELPH 190 IS is slim, stylish, and pocketable. It has a 20-megapixel sensor and 10x optical zoom. The size and versatility of the camera make it an excellent choice for kids.

Frequently asked questions

Do kids need cameras?

Cameras aren’t essential for kids. However, it can provide many benefits, such as good memories, a creative outlet, and the development of skills.

How do I choose a camera for my kids?

The best camera for kids will be easy to hold, durable, weather-resistant or waterproof, and has a warranty.

Which Kidizoom camera is best?

Overall, the VTech Kidizoom DUO Camera is the best option because it’s a fun, durable, and easy-to-use digital camera.


Allowing your kids to explore photography is a great way to boost their creativity. Not only will they learn skills, but they’ll also develop an eye for photography and capture memories that you can cherish.

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About David Em

David Em.

David Em is the founder of Portraits Refined. He’s a published portrait photographer dedicated to helping photographers develop skills, capture incredible photos, and build successful businesses.

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