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Welcome to our big kids' camera test 2021. Here we present all the children's cameras that we have tested in detail. We have compiled detailed background information and added a summary of customer reviews on the web.

We would like to make your purchase decision easier and help you find the best children's camera for you and your child.

You will also find answers to frequently asked questions in our guide. If available, we also offer interesting test videos. Furthermore, you will also find some important information on this page that you should be aware of when buying a children's camera.




Summary

  • Since not every digital camera is suitable for children, there are special digital cameras for children. Children's cameras are robust, have a colourful design and simple, mostly self-explanatory operation.
  • There are different types of children's cameras. They differ in design, handling and additional functions.
  • As a rule, children's cameras are much cheaper than digital cameras for adults. However, a children's camera with a touch function is priced higher than a children's camera without a touch function, because the built-in technology is more complex.

The Best Children's Camera: Our Choices

Guide: Questions you should ask yourself before buying a children's camera

What is a children's camera?

A children's camera is, as the name suggests, a camera for children. With the help of a children's camera, you can introduce your children to photography in a playful way.

Children's cameras are available in a wide variety of designs and models. (Image source: unsplash.com / Tanaphong Toochinda)

Thanks to simple operation, funny effects and a colourful housing, children's cameras are ideal for enabling young photographers to take and edit pictures independently.

Children's cameras are digital cameras that are equipped with different functions depending on the age of the child.

You have the choice between battery or rechargeable battery-powered children's cameras.

Who is a children's camera suitable for?

Many children's cameras are suitable for children as young as 3 years old. These models are usually suitable up to the age of 6 and introduce your child to photography in a playful way. These models often score points with various features such as an integrated music player.

Children's cameras for toddlers are also shockproof, have a child-friendly design and can be used by your child as a toy.

Be sure to check the manufacturer's age rating to find the perfect model for your child.

For children over the age of about 7, there are simpler models that usually have better image quality and more image editing functions.

What does a children's camera cost?

There is a wide price range between the different children's cameras. Depending on the model, manufacturer, workmanship and additional functions, the cost varies. The range is from about 30 to 130 euros.

Inexpensive children's cameras can be purchased for as little as 30 euros. In this price range, however, additional functions are rather rare. You can find a children's camera with a touch screen that is easy and intuitive to use, even for small children, from around 50 euros.

Type Price
Simple children's camera (without additional functions) ca.30-45 €
Children's camera with touch function ca.45-65 €
Children's camera with additional functions (video function / games / music player) ca.50 - 130 €

Models with better picture quality and video function cost about €75 on average. These models are often also waterproof and, because of the more complex technology, are more suitable for older children.

What alternatives are there to a children's camera?

Smartphone

The smartphone is our daily companion. Always at hand and equipped with a camera. However, it is extremely unsuitable for small children to try out photography.

The operation is not self-explanatory, the pictures are usually blurred or it may slip out of your little darling's hand when he or she tries to take a picture and, in the worst case, get broken. This would result in frustration on both sides.

Instant cameras for children

Instant cameras are often advertised on the market as cameras for children, even though they are rather unsuitable for small children.

Although they are easy to use because of the few operating elements, they do not offer your child the possibility of using them as a toy, either visually or functionally. There is also no possibility of editing the picture, as the photo is printed out directly.

With a digital children's camera, on the other hand, the learning effect is not only in operating the camera, but also in using the picture effects. This way, your child can edit the pictures he or she has taken independently and creatively.

A Polaroid camera is also much more expensive than a digital camera for children.

Homemade children's camera

A homemade children's camera is a great alternative for children under the age of 3. You can either make it yourself or design it together with your child. You can choose between wood or paper for the materials.

A self-made children's camera can also arouse the interest of small children in taking pictures and also offers an incentive for role play. Especially if older siblings have a "real" children's camera, the self-made version is a good option for your little one and minimises the envy factor.

Which children's camera is best for me?

A children's camera combines learning and playing very well and falls into the toy category. Children's toys are all about fun and entertainment.

A children's camera encourages creativity through play and trains the eye for visual details. (Image source: unsplash.com / Eid Libedinsky)

The models of children's cameras are designed for different age groups. For smaller children, the focus is on easy handling and particularly robust material. Models for older children have more complex image editing functions and better picture quality.

Many models also have integrated games, a music player or a video function.

You know your child best and can therefore assess which functions your child might like and whether he or she would be able to use them independently.

Decision: What types of children's cameras are there and which is the right one for you and your child?

If you want to get a children's camera, there are three models you can choose between:

  • Classic children's camera
  • Action camera for children
  • Outdoor camera for children

Due to the different functions and features, the different models of a children's camera are aimed at different age groups:

Model age recommendation
Classic children's camera 3 to 6 years
Action camera 7 to 10 years
Outdoor camera from 10 years

What are the characteristics of a classic children's camera and what are the advantages and disadvantages?

A classic children's camera is designed to be child-friendly and colourful. Its operation is almost self-explanatory and intuitive. Many models are equipped with additional functions. Most models have games or an integrated music player.

Advantages
  • Child-friendly design
  • Easy to operate
  • Often equipped with games or other additional functions
Disadvantages
  • Not waterproof
  • Low resolution

A classic children's camera can be a real toy all-rounder. Its robust workmanship is also suitable for small tomboys and ensures the longevity of this model. The resolution is usually between 2 and 5 megapixels.

What distinguishes an action camera for children and what are the advantages and disadvantages?

An action camera for children is usually waterproof. This means that your child can also use the camera under water. In addition, an action camera is very stable.

Advantages
  • Waterproof and stable
  • Often equipped with video recording function
  • Attractive and child-friendly design
Disadvantages
  • Usually low resolution

An action cam can also often be used as a camcorder.

A video recording function gives your child the opportunity to record shorter videos.

What are the advantages and disadvantages of an outdoor camera for children?

An outdoor camera is especially suitable for older children. Such a digital camera has a rather simple design, has a much better picture quality and usually does without games or other additional functions.

Advantages
  • Better picture quality
  • Perfectly suited for older children
  • Waterproof
  • High stability
Disadvantages
  • Highly priced
  • Often without games and other additional functions

Normally, such models are waterproof and stable. The only drawback is the price. The outdoor camera for children is the most expensive model among the different types of children's cameras.

Buying criteria: These are the factors you can use to compare and rate children's cameras

In the following, we would like to show you which factors you can use to compare and evaluate children's cameras. This will make it easier for you to decide whether a particular children's camera is suitable for you or not.

In summary, these are:

  • Age-appropriate operation
  • Picture quality
  • Material
  • Features
  • Design

In the following paragraphs we will explain to you what is important in the individual criteria.

Age-appropriate operation

Children's cameras are usually much easier to operate than cameras for adults. Too many controls can quickly spoil the fun of taking photos and cause frustration.

For this reason, you should make sure that the camera is self-explanatory, especially for smaller children. Children's cameras with touch screens are very easy and intuitive to use, even for small children, as long as the camera display is large enough.

The older your child is, the more controls a children's camera may have.

Inexpensive children's cameras usually do not have a touch function. In this case, you should make sure that the menu navigation is intuitive and that your child can easily cope with it.

Picture quality

Basically, the image quality of a children's camera cannot be compared to that of a digital camera for adults. A children's camera can have between 2.0 and 16.0 megapixels.

Especially the children's cameras for smaller children usually have only 2.0 megapixels. So these photos are not suitable for printing out and sticking in a photo album. However, small children are not interested in whether a picture is particularly sharp or not. They have much more fun putting ears on their photo subject, for example.

So for younger children, the fun factor should be in the foreground. For older children who attach more importance to image quality, an outdoor camera with 12.0 megapixels as standard is ideal.

Another important aspect is the optical zoom to zoom in on distant objects. Here, too, there are different variants. Some cameras are equipped with 3x zoom, others with 8x zoom.

Material

Since children's cameras fall into the category of toys, a children's camera must be robust and shockproof. Smaller children in particular are not always careful with their toys. A children's camera must therefore be able to withstand a lot.

Other advantages are a low weight and an integrated wrist strap to prevent possible falls.

Children's cameras made of waterproof material are particularly suitable for holidays and give your darling the opportunity to record his or her beach holiday.

Features

As already mentioned above, a children's camera for smaller children is not just characterised by the high resolution of the pictures, but mostly by a number of additional features.

A children's camera should be one thing above all: fun.

We have listed the most common features here:

  • Fun picture editing options (add frames, ears etc.)
  • Music player
  • Games
  • Selfie function
  • two viewfinders so your child can look with both eyes at the target to be photographed
  • Voice recording and voice distortion option

Many children's camera models offer your child the possibility to add music to the photos they take or to edit them with a simple image editor. Fun effects play a big role in the fun factor.

Design

In terms of design, cameras for children are fully geared to the child's play instinct. Because of the many colours and buttons, children's cameras are usually very attractively designed.

Some children's cameras are even available with stickers for individual design. With the large selection of different designs, you are sure to find the right children's camera for your darling.

Facts worth knowing about the topic of children's cameras

How can I get my child interested in photography?

Of course, you first have to explain the world of photography to your child and show them different motifs and photos so that they develop their own interest in using a children's camera.

Hobbies cannot be imposed. However, you can get your child interested by looking at photos together. Whether they are hanging on the wall or on the iPad or mobile phone is irrelevant. (Image source: unsplash.com / Alexander Dummer)

We have put together some tips on how you can introduce your child to photography:

  1. Get your child interested in photography first. Look at photos with your child and talk to them about the different subjects.
  2. Get your child a children's camera. You should follow the manufacturer's age recommendations.
  3. Just let your child try it out. That way they can try it out on their own.
  4. Look at the pictures together with your child and talk about them.
  5. You can use the photos that you and your child particularly like creatively. For example, you can make cards or collages. These make great gifts and your little one will be very proud of his or her own work.

How can I easily make a wooden camera for children?

A wooden children's camera can be made in no time at all. Your child can play with it to their heart's content, let it fall down and practice for a real children's camera. A wooden children's camera is also an ideal gift for younger children whose older siblings receive a camera as a present.

You will need the following materials for the wooden children's camera shown in the video below (source: dekotopia.net):

For the camera:

  • A piece of wood (10x7x3 cm)
  • 2 wooden discs (4 cm diameter)
  • 1 wooden button (1.5 cm in diameter)
  • Sandpaper (optional)
  • Masking tape
  • Acrylic paint
  • Paintbrush
  • Wood glue or adhesive

For the ribbon:

  • Felt tape (1.5 cm wide)
  • 2 upholstery nails
  • Hammer

Image source: unsplash.com / Andrew Seaman

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