When choosing cameras for kids, there are a couple of things you need to consider. First, if your kids are still really small any camera you buy needs to be tough and durable, able to withstand being dropped or thrown around regularly! You should get a camera that ticks all the boxes for durability, quality pics or video and looks like a ‘grown up’ camera.
Waterproof cameras are great too, they have good features and being waterproof means no panic near the pool. If the camera also has good quality images, the ability to take video and edit pictures on the camera – that’s a sure win. There are also Fun Cam options for outdoor playing and action video.
As your children grow older you can start to take their level of interest into consideration. If they express a keen interest in photography then it may be worth encouraging their interest by getting them a decent quality camera.
And of course as they become teenagers they will no doubt discover the fun of shooting the action with a Go Pro – great for capturing sports and fast moving fun!
Here are some choices for the younger ones
- VTech Kidizoom Camera Connect (AED 176 www.desertcart.ae)
3 to 8 years
A highly rated 4-in-1 digital camera that will provide many hours of photographic fun for your kids. It’s colourful and one of the most durable children’s cameras available. We love! Kids can easily edit their digital photos and take video footage to create their own movies with sound tracks. The 1.3 megapixel camera also have three pre installed games to keep your little ones entertained. It can store 800 photos, has an expandable memory and connects to a computer.
- Vtech Kidizoom Action Cam (AED 389 souq.com)
4 to 9 years
A more affordable alternate to the Go-Pro. This is a Fun Cam that will capture all the live action on kids bikes, scooters or skateboards. This cam has a small screen for immediate playback, and videos and photos can conveniently be deleted straight from the camera. Three build in games: Super Boarder; Mountain Bike; and skydiving Crazy Captain. The photo resolution isn’t great at 0.3 megapixels, but this is more about the fun video camera experience!
- Nikon COOLPIX S33 (AED 594 www.desertcart.ae)
5 to adults
This 10-megapixel camera is for kids who are more interested in taking quality high res photos rather than just playing with a toy. Although it’s super easy to use and suitable for older kids and has simplistic buttons and dials it can also be shared by adults. It’s waterproof down to 33 feet & shockproof up to 5 feet, durable, and has an optical zoom lens. It has a dedicated record button for capturing HD 1080p video with stereo sound and an easy-to-use buttons for simple operation.
- Canon Rebel SL1 (AED 1999 www.jadopado.com)
The Rebel line of Canon DSLRs are easy-to-use, beginner-friendly cameras. They’re light and small mid range cameras with great features. They have a built-in flash, optical viewfinder, off-sensor phase-detect autofocus and 18-megapixel APS-C image sensor. This provides the professional DSLR shooting experience at a more attractive price.
This blog is contributed by our guest blogger:
Nikka Ampil, Creative Photographer