It’s never too early to nurture your child’s creativity, after all it could end up being a career path or a lifelong hobby of theirs.
Nowadays, photography is simpler than ever thanks to smartphones, but for younger kids who may not have access to a smartphone a traditional camera is just as good, if not better.
When choosing the best camera for your smaller children or teenagers there’s a few things to firstly consider. You’ll want to find something that isn’t too technical, with too many adjustments to possibly confuse them. You’ll also want to ensure the camera isn’t too bulky and nice and simple to carry around with them.
Many of the cameras out today even have instant printing abilities, like Polaroid’s OneStep+ i‑Type Instant Camera and Fujifilm’s Instax Mini 11 Instant Camera.
We’ve rounded up ten of the best options to consider now below.
Best camera for kids and teenagers
1. Dual Screen Waterproof Camera
As a starter camera, this one is a complete steal. It boasts properties to keep it safe as well as a 2.7 inch LCD display for ample viewing of your snaps.
It’s waterproof up to 10 metres and completely shockproof in case of any accidental drops.
Price: £38, Wish – buy here now
2. VTech KidiZoom Studio
The KidiZoom Studio is perfect for the little creator in the making at home.
The camera includes a HD video recorder, along with a mini tripod to set up ready for the action.
The camera features six games and 20 backgrounds to customise your snaps and videos just as you’d like.
Price: £59.99, Amazon – buy here now
3. instax Mini LiPlay
Looking for ways to get creative with your snaps? This hybrid instant camera from Instax has the ability to record sound clips to imbed into your instax prints. Sply take your picture and record your sound, it will then generate a QR code for your friends and family to hear it.
It also comes with 30 fun frame designs to create truly unique mementos with your loved ones.
Price: From: £137.04, Amazon – buy here now
4. Fujifilm Instax Mini 11 Instant Camera
The Instax Mini 11 is one of our favourites, it has a retro look and is available in five different colours.
The simple to use camera allows you to take and print polaroids, the camera lens is also able to take selfies by pulling it outwards. On the lens is a small mirror so you’ll have a rough idea of how the picture is going to look.
Pictures print instantly and a high performance flash ensures your snaps will always be crystal clear.
Price: £69, John Lewis – buy here now
5. Oaxis myFirst Camera 3
Suitable for little ones aged four years old and up, Oaxis’ myFirst camera is lightweight, compact and super easy for kids to use.
It comes with a shockproof case to prevent any damages during the inevitable slips and drops.
Children can add quirky picture frames in-camera and capture Full HD videos too.
Price: £75, Selfridges – buy here now
6. instax SQUARE SQ6 Instant Camera
Another one well worth considering if you’re wanting great quality snaps with instant printing abilities.
Made for your everyday, this instant SQUARE format camera turns the ordinary into the extraordinary. Alongside Selfie Mode and Automatic Exposure Mode, there’s also Macro and Landscape Modes making memories crystal clear.
Customise your snaps with the range of colour flash filters to choose from.
Price: £104, Amazon – buy here now
7. GoPro Hero8
This bundle includes a one year subscription of Go Pro, allowing you unlimited cloud storage, as well as total camera replacement in the event of an accident.
Among a host of fun features to get to grips with, such as time warp effects and night time lapse video – the HERO8 also has unshakable HyperSmooth 2.0 stabilisation and built-in mounting.
Price: £279.98, Go Pro – buy here now
8. Canon Zoemini S Pocket Size 2-in-1 Instant Camera
Snap a selfie and print on the move with the pocket-sized Zoemini S.
Ensure you’re snaps are always the best, the camera comes complete a built-in mirror and ring-light. There’s also a free app: Canon Mini Print which is easily connected to via bluetooth for customisations and simple printing.
There’s also remote shutter shooting to ensure group pictures are picture perfect at all times.
Price: £84.99, Very – buy here now
9. Polaroid OneStep+ i‑Type Instant Camera
For the slightly older kids, this instant camera from Polaroid is a good choice and has a retro design that can be enjoyed for years to come.
The Polaroid OneStep is an instant camera with bluetooth connectivity, allowing you to simply connect to an app on your smartphone. The app gives you the freedom to use a variety of functions, including double exposure and remote triggers.
Price: £129.99, Polaroid – buy here now
10. Nikon COOLPIX W150 Waterproof Camera
Boasting waterproof, shockproof and freezeproof abilities, the NIKON COOLPIX allows you to point and shoot your favourite snaps with complete ease.
It has a unique underwater face framing mode, which automatically captures up to four pictures every time it finds a face. The camera also shoots videos in full HD.
Price: £149, Park Cameras – buy here now