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Choosing the best camera for your kid is an important step in your kid's photography journey. No matter if you have a boy or a girl, no matter if your kid is 3 years old or almost a teenager – there are many kids cameras in the market, and we, at KidsCameraGuide.Com, are here to guide you through the decision making process and support you in choosing the best option for your child.
Buying the Best Kid Camera - Main Considerations
Age - a Camera for a 8 Year Old? a 4 Year Old? or a Teenager?
The best camera for a 3 year old is different than a camera for a 7 year old or a teenager. The main features that are impacted by the kid's age are:
the younger your kid is, the bigger the camera you should choose for them. The fine motor skills of a 3-4 year old kid are not developed yet, and the camera you choose should be big enough for them to just grab and use. In addition, most cameras for kids at this age have special kid's handles to make it easier and safer to hold.
smaller kids tend to drop their kid's camera or potentially damage it, so the camera's durability is an important factor for younger kids.
Durability is also important for older kids, if their intension is to use it outdoors. As you'll find out later, many camera manufacturers offer great cameras with extra features suitable for outdoor photography – waterproof, dustproof, etc.
the camera's ease of use. For example – cameras for younger kids have relatively big buttons, to make it easier for them to press on. One more example is having a display rather than a viewfinder. As you probably know, younger kids find it hard to use a viewfinder (and in many cases, they shut the wrong eye when shooting…). On the other hand, in more advanced cameras, the display is used for providing a variety of data regarding the picture taken, which is important for more professional photographers and older kids which take photography relatively seriously.
for a younger kid, taking a picture by their own, with their own camera, is enough to make them proud. Therefore, a wide variety of features might be unnecessary. On the other hand, for an older kid, the variety might be challenging and as such become a source of interest and curiosity. In my experience, a good camera for 8 year old kids and up, should offer more than an Auto Mode.
Camera's Shape and Color
Smaller kids perceive their camera as a toy. Therefore, its shape and colors are more important to them than other photography features. For older kids and teenagers, these features are less important. That said, we definitely cannot ignore the fact that we all appreciate beautiful design, so the perfect match would probably be a combination of advanced quality and functionality with an attractive package.
Level of Interest in Photography - Does Your Kid Want to be a Photographer?
This is the second main aspect to consider when looking for a good camera for your kid. A camera for a kid who thinks that photography is "fun" or "cool", is different from a camera for a kid who is really interested in photography, as a hobby or an art to practice. The more interested in photography your kid is, the more significant the following points should be taken into consideration:
Quality of the Pictures
determined by the camera's sensors and pixels, and in some cameras in additional light sensors and photography modes.
the variety of features that will help your kid and yourself not only take pictures but also progress and develop as a photographer. Almost all cameras these days, including kids cameras, have an Auto Mode, meaning that no manual setting is required before taking the shot. The more advanced cameras (mainly the digital ones) have an addition to that few "fixed" setting modes, that the photographer can choose before taking the shot. The most popular modes are Portrait, Landscape and Sports. The difference between them is the exposure level and shutter speed. If you want to understand more about these very important and basic photography terms, click here - Basic Photography Terms for Kids and Beginners.
a bag, film for a Polaroid kid camera, a printer for a kid digital camera – being a professional requires this additional investment…
So… Time to Choose the Best Kid Camera:
In Kids Camera Guide we cover many different kids' camera categories and options. So, to help you find what you're looking for, we organized the information as follows: