Somebody was using my camera. This somebody seemed to be about 3 and a half-feet tall (based on the abundance of shots taken at kitchen counter/ bathroom sink level), had a fascination with Spiderman toys (and their “artful” arrangement in photos), and loved to take pictures of the inside of his mouth.
It was time for my kid to get his own digital camera — mostly because I don’t like sharing mine.
Since my son is only 4 years old, I obviously didn’t want to get him anything fancy or complicated. At the box store in town I found a camera that was marketed directly to young kids/ their parents: bright pink, plastic, and only $20! I thought it would be perfect. But I was wrong. The camera only stored about 20 photos and couldn’t hold a memory card (frustrating for the paparazzi junior), the images were really low resolution (not good when paired with little wobbly hands), and I couldn’t even figure out how to transfer the pictures to my computer.
Moral of the story? I should’ve put the $20 toward an easier to use, better quality digital camera. So here are some kid-friendly digital cameras for up-and-coming shutterbugs. Some of these cameras might be better suited for older kids, but I think a couple could also be great for a photography-inclined pre-schooler.
So go ahead, say cheese — but finish chewing your food first.
This is actually a digital camcorder (though it can also capture 5-megapixel still photos), and it’s waterproof, shockproof, and dustproof. In fact, it’s fully operable under water down to 16 feet. Translation? Totally awesome mermaid videos. The touch screen is easy to use, and the flip out USB lets you plug the camera directly into your computer for simple photo transferring.
At under $100, this 16.1-megapixel camera is a superb value for young photographers. Kids can take great shots, thanks to 6x optical zoom and the optical VR image stabilization that helps correct the effects of shaky hands. Compact and lightweight, your young one can tote it along on every adventure.
This digital camera takes sweet shots, is easy to use, and works well in any shooting situation– including low light– with Intelligent Auto Focus. Perfect for the aspiring photographer who wants a few more features to play with, this camera has lots of fun picture effects.
An all-weather (aka totally burly) digital camera, the awesome Coolpix AW100 is as tough as your kid, maybe even tougher. Drop it, submerge it, or freeze it–the camera, that is– and keep taking fantastic photos. So next time your kid goes scuba diving, rock climbing, or jaunting off to the North Pole, makes sure she documents it!
Bundle up, kids! Get this camera bundle– which includes the 16-megapixel Coolpix S4300, a 4GB SD memory card, and a cool carrying case– and your kiddo will be all set to start shooting. The touchscreen makes it easy to adjust settings and view photos. It takes great 720p HD movies too!
What do you look for in a camera for your kiddo? Let me know in the comments!