It is hard to argue with the idea that times have changed. When I grew up, the thing we wanted to most was to go outside and play with our friends. No matter what we chose to do, there was going to be some physical activity involved. Today, all kids want to do is play video games and take pictures. There is nothing to indicate that this is going to change soon, so if you are looking to keep your brood happy, you might want to check out this list of the top five cameras that are ideal for kids. It is important to understand that the age of the child will determine the sophistication. So let’s dive in. The ranking of these cameras is somewhat inverted, meaning that the more feature-heavy and expensive cameras will have the lower ranking because they will be most ideal for older kids. So, the higher ranked cameras will be most ideal for younger children. Older kids are going to want functionality and the ability to shoot multiple types of shots
The Olympus Tough TG-5
One thing that is an absolute must when it comes to kids and cameras is durability. One of the best features of the Olympus Tough is its durability. This camera comes in a bright red finish, which most kids will love. It has a raw format support which is a plus. If your kids are into aesthetics, this camera will definitely resonate with them because of its sleek high-tech design. While some consumers have referred to the camera as being chunky, it possesses a superb ergonomic functionality.
Nikon Coolpix W300
This is an ideal choice for older kids. This camera is great for waterparks and beaches — possessing a super-deep waterproof classification up to 30 meters. Does anybody want to go snorkeling? For those nice close-ups, the camera is equipped with a wide zoom range for a variation of shots. The consistency in exposures can be a problem, but the overall quality of the photos is more than acceptable for children.
Sony Cyber-Shot WX220
Now for the kid that is looking for an extremely tight zoom, the Cyber-shot has a 10x zoom lens built in. It also has great ISO range. And it is about half the price of the cameras listed before it. The improved zoom capacity makes it a step up from other cameras in its category. Not even the Canon can compete when it comes to the zoom feature and exposure consistency.
Canon Ixus 185
This is the ideal camera of your kid if they have never owned a digital camera. It is easy to operate. What most kids will appreciate is its sleek look and feel. Kids are not only looking for functionality. They will leave that part up to you. They want something that will look cool in front of their friends. The sleek design of this camera is definitely capable of earning style points for your kids, which will likely earn a cool point for you. What stands out in the way of functionality is the simplicity and intuitiveness of the user interface. Any of the kids today will be able to pick it up and figure it out in a manner of seconds. It is great for a first camera.
FujiFilm Instax Square SQ10
This camera made the list because of how easy it is to use, and it earned the number-one spot because of its fun and distinctly different than the rest of the cameras on the list. Not only is this camera the most affordable on the list by far, it still has the ability to produce reasonable quality photos. It is extremely easy to use, so kids will be able to jump right in and start taking pictures. Another interesting feature is that this is a hybrid that has the capacity to take digital pictures or use film. It sounds kind of award using the word film these days, but nevertheless, the camera does have the capacity to use film. It is important to note that this is not the camera for older children who will question the quality of the photos produced by the camera. Additionally, the camera has a limited ISO range when it comes to its digital shots.