The 8 Best Kid-Friendly Cameras of 2019

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Our Top Picks

Most Popular: VTech Kidizoom DUO Camera

VTech Kidizoom DUO
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VTech’s Kidizoom DUO Camera is the best kid-friendly camera in 2019. Perfect for kids three to nine years old, there is a bevy of features, including two lenses in both the front and rear with a dedicated switching button. Two lenses might sound a little extensive, but this creates a camera that’s great for selfies and regular photography. The 2.4-inch TFT display pairs with the 1600 x 1200-pixel front camera and 640 x 840 rear lens. There’s just 256MB of built-in memory, but VTech adds a built-in microSD card rear with capacity from 1-32GB cards.

VTech offers an automatic shut-off after three minutes to preserve battery life. Battery life aside, kids will love the voice recording feature that offers five different voice-changing effects, as well as stop-frame animation. Weighing just 1.2 pounds, the VTech is supported with a wrist strap for extra protection against drops, though the bumper exterior provides peace-of-mind that even a few tumbles won’t affect use. 

Best for Teens: Sony DSC-W800

Sony’s DSCW800/B
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Released in 2014, Sony’s DSC-W800/B 20.1-megapixel digital camera remains Amazon’s best selling point-and-shoot. While most kid cameras offer a limited number of features, Sony’s offering here is a full-fledged point-and-shoot that’s good for the teens (and adults). With features like 720p HD video capture and 5x optical zoom, there’s plenty of bells and whistles without breaking the bank. Additionally, there’s an optional “Easy Mode” camera function that reduces the number of layers in the menu to help minimize the feature set, so you can focus on nothing but taking pictures, which is great for kids. Teens who are just learning all the ins-and-outs of a true digital camera will appreciate extras like SteadyShot image stabilization, which offers both low noise and minimal blur. The camera also has panorama mode for a full 360-degree photo capture.

Best Splurge: Canon PowerShot ELPH 190

Canon PowerShot Elph 190
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Canon’s PowerShot ELPH 190 digital camera is a 20.0-megapixel camera that offers a slew of features alongside Canon’s traditionally excellent image quality. Teens will love the built-in Wi-Fi and NFC connectivity to help move captured shots over to their smartphones for easy sharing on social networks. The DIGIC 4+ processor and 10x optical zoom all add another level of image quality that far outpaces even the best kid-designed camera. The 2.7-inch LCD helps navigate the slew of menu items for reviewing each shot post capture. For teens who want to get experimental, there’s built-in tripod support on the bottom of the Canon.

Add in 720p HD video capture and a bevy of scene modes to help capture unique photography and teens will forget the smartphone camera basics and opt for something a little more practical. While there’s plenty of point-and-shoot cameras to choose from, the Canon offers great appeal to beginner photographers who want better performance than their smartphone camera without breaking the bank. There are just 190 shots available on each charge.

Best Waterproof: Ourlife Kids Waterproof Camera


Arguably, the most child-friendly feature of a kid's action camera is that it can withstand the elements. Whether it’s exposed to underwater shooting (up to 33 feet in depth), rainy day activities, or the inevitable drink spill, this Ourlife Kids Waterproof Camera—with its IP68 waterproof rating—will stand up to basically any inclement weather. It can film at an HD resolution of 1280 x 720 at 30 frames per second and delivers impressive-looking video. There's also an option to record video at 1920 x 1080 (FHD), but it can only do so at a maximum of 15 frames per second. The 1.7-inch LCD screen displays previews and gives you intuitive control and metering settings. Plus, the device includes a one-year warranty alongside unlimited support and customer service for as long as you own it.

Best Instant Film: Instax Mini 9


Following in the footsteps of the Mini 8, this Instax camera is a proper successor with updated features and the same durability (AKA, totally kid-proof-ness). In fact, the rugged, springy plastic design, while not necessarily meant exclusively for kids, is actually the perfect housing for a kids’ camera. The Mini 9 operates on two AA batteries, employs a brand new macro lens for close-ups as near as 35 cm, has an automatic exposure measurement system for automatically perfect pics, as well as a high-key mode for brighter shots. That is to say that kids don’t need to worry about features – they can just have fun snapping pics.

Check out our other reviews of the best instant cameras available on the market today.

Best Value: Powpro Mini Kids Camera

There aren’t actually that many cameras marketed directly toward children’s use. But this tiny little camera is a great sidekick for a kid because it also has a pretty good package of features. The sensor is 5MP (which is better than some cell phone cameras), with a photo resolution of 2592 x 1944 pixels. There’s a built-in 800 mAh battery and the included 1GB memory card can hold up to 3,000 pictures, thanks to its compression format. But the size is where this thing really shines – those tiny kids’ hands won’t have any trouble with its 65 x 40 x 16 mm size and its 60-gram weight.

Best for Young Kids: iCore Kids Digital Camera

Shopping for the next Ansel Adams? The iCore Kids Digital Camera lets your budding photographer begin to capture the world around them — and the low cost is conducive to young artists and the occasional drop or two. Along with snapping photos, the camera, which looks similar to a game controller, lets children record movies, create photo slideshows, and play seven different games.

Photo editing software lets them add frames, faces, and special effects to their images. Featuring a 1.8” color screen, the 2MP camera also includes four times digital zoom and 128MB internal memory, which can be supplemented by an external SD card up to 16GB. Photo resolution is 640x480, and video resolution is 340x240. Straddling the boundary between toy and camera, this can help keep children entertained for hours while becoming familiar with the basics of photography and editing.

Best for Social Media: NICAM 4K Wi-Fi Camera

Dollar for dollar, the NICAM 4K cam is the best kid-friendly camera in terms of durability. GoPros are too expensive, and not super user-friendly for children, but cheaper knockoffs don’t have the features. The NICAM comes with all the features for a fraction of the price (and it has Wi-Fi connectivity). So it’s perfect for sharing travel pics, awesome timelapse videos or selfies on social media platforms such as Instagram of Facebook.

The video resolution is 3840 x 2160 pixels and it has a 20MP still sensor, a 170-degree wide-angle lens, voice controls for on-the-go shooting and waterproof protection up to 100 feet. In other words, this thing will share photos and videos on the go with tons of resistance to the elements (read: kids) and it’s also super easy to use.

Want to take a look at some other options? See our guide to the best waterproof cameras.

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How We Tested

We bought five top-rated kid-friendly cameras that our reviewers tested for 93 hours. We asked our testers to consider the most important features when using these cameras, from durability to photo quality. We’ve outlined the key takeaways here so that you, too, know what to look for when shopping.

What to Look for in a Kid-Friendly Camera

Child's age - How old is the child who’ll be using this camera? That’s important when figuring out what type of camera to buy. Do you want to teach a young child the basics of taking a photo, or is this camera a gift for a teenager? You don’t want to buy a young child a camera that’s too delicate or complicated, and you don’t want a teenager to be stuck with a device that’s more toy than camera.

Photo or video - Do you want your tot learning to snap photographs or are they more interested in video? If your kid wants to capture action with their new device, then you should look at video options. While many adult-oriented cameras can do both photo and video, child-focused cameras often have fewer features. As a result, it’s important to choose between the two before you pick a device.

Digital or instant - Most cameras these days are, of course, digital cameras. However, instant cameras, which print a photo as soon as you snap one (think Polaroid-style), are making a comeback. Do you want all the images to be stored for later, or will your child enjoy having the tangible printouts on the spot? It’s important to choose which one works better for you before you decide on a camera model.


See How Our Top Kid-Friendly Cameras Compare

Test Results: VTech Kidizoom DUO Camera (Most Popular)


What We Like

  • Durable

  • Great battery life

  • Tons of entertaining features

What We Don't Like

  • A little complicated for younger kids

  • Poor photo/video quality

VTech Kidizoom DUO
VTech Kidizoom
VTech Kidizoom DUO Camera
VTech Camera
VTech Kidizoom camera
Kidizoom DUO

Our testers loved that this camera was durable, super easy to setup and start using, and had lots of special features. One of our reviewers, who let his three kids use this camera, said they all loved different things about it: “My 4-year-old loved any features that had sounds, which naturally led her to the games and the Wacky Photo Shaker, my 6-year-old loved the selfie collages, and my 8-year-old loved looking through all of the functions and trying everything out.”

However, one of our testers thought that younger children might need a bit of help navigating the camera’s many menu buttons. Our reviewers also warned that the video and photo quality could use improvement. “Photo quality was itself slightly better than expected, but a maximum resolution of 2 megapixels means that as soon as you zoom in you lose all detail,” explained one of our testers. Bottom line: “If you're looking for the most entertainment you can pack into a camera-based kids’ toy, it's really hard to beat the Kidizoom Duo,” one of our reviewers declared.

Test Results: Sony DSC-W800 Camera (Best for Teens)


What We Like

  • Stylish design

  • Intuitive controls

  • Great price

What We Don't Like

  • Difficult to focus

  • Poor low-light performance

Sony DSCW800/B 20.1 MP Digital Camera
Sony DSCW800/B 20.1 MP Camera
Sony Digital Camera
Sony DSCW800/B 20.1 MP
Sony DSCW800/B Digital Camera
Sony DSCW800/B
Sony 20.1 MP Digital Camera
DSCW800/B 20.1 MP Digital Camera
DSCW800/B Digital Camera
DSCW800/B 20.1 MP Camera
Sony Camera

Our testers liked the stylish design, budget-friendly price, and portable nature of this camera. “If you're looking for something that can be easily carried around on the go, this would definitely work for that, and may even stand out in that category,” declared one of our reviewers. One of our testers was also impressed with its durability — “I dropped it on a glass table and it was fine,” she said. On the other hand, one of our reviewers was disappointed by the “rather average” photo quality and found the auto-focus didn’t work well. “Limited manual controls make it difficult to overcome the camera’s image quality and provide a limited path to learn more about photography,” explained one of our testers. The takeaway? “Despite the drawbacks, this camera is still very compelling in its price class,” one of our reviewers said.

Test Results: Canon PowerShot ELPH 190 Digital Camera (Best Splurge)


What We Like

  • Can wirelessly transfer photos to phone

  • Great zoom

  • Good battery life

What We Don't Like

  • Difficult setup

  • Poor video quality

Canon PowerShot ELPH 190 Digital Camera
Canon PowerShot ELPH 190 Camera
Canon PowerShot ELPH 190
Canon PowerShot Digital Camera
Canon PowerShot Digital Camera
Canon PowerShot ELPH Digital Camera
Canon PowerShot 190 Digital Camera
Canon PowerShot
Canon PowerShot Camera

This camera came highly recommended by our testers for its overall value. “[It] produces better photos and videos than most mid-range smartphones without draining your phone battery or storage space,” one of our reviewers said. On the other hand, one of our testers still called the 720p video resolution “not acceptable for a camera anymore.” Another major plus, according to our testers, is the ability to wirelessly transfer photos to your phone so you can still text or share via social media in real time. Our reviewers said the setup process was not intuitive, however. Overall? “The ELPH 190 is definitely worth buying if price is a strong consideration and you can't afford to go over $200,” one of our testers reported. “The camera still takes very detailed, crisp, colorful shots in plenty of situations.”

Test Results: Ourlife Kids Waterproof Camera (Best Waterproof)


What We Like

  • Great first action camera

  • Good price point

  • Simple setup

What We Don't Like

  • Poor photo quality

  • Unintuitive menu

Ourlife Kids Waterproof Camera
Ourlife Kids Camera
Ourlife Waterproof Camera
Ourlife Camera
Ourlife Camera
Kids Waterproof Camera
Ourlife Camera
Ourlife Kids Camera

One of our testers thought that this was a great first action camera for a kid: “Ourlife did a really good job including everything you’d need to get started,” he said. Other highlights were its reasonable price point and its straightforward instructions: “It's very refreshing to get all the information you need in so few pages,” he noted. The negatives? The camera’s menu itself was unintuitive, according to one tester, and its photo quality left something to be desired, especially in low light.

Test Results: Fujifilm Instax Mini 9 (Best Instant Film)


What We Like

  • Easy to use

  • Fun colors

  • Great photo quality

What We Don't Like

  • Not as good in outdoor lighting

Fujifilm Instax Mini 9
Fujifilm Instax
Fujifilm Mini 9
Fujifilm Instax Mini 9 instant film
Mini 9

“It's the perfect way to capture memories from a party or event,” gushed one of our testers about the Fujifilm Instax Mini 9. Our reviewers loved the fun color options of the camera and the fact that it was lightweight and easy to use. While one of our testers described the photo quality as “great overall,” she also said the camera’s light settings were difficult to use. “I tried experimenting with the camera's recommended setting and comparing it with the others, and I didn't always agree with its choice,” she explained. However, in general, our testers were sold on the camera, especially for indoor use. One of our reviewers raved, “Overall, it's a real crowd-pleaser — my friends complimented me on it immediately when I took it out to take photos at a party.”

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