Young kids love creating new things and after watching their favorite YouTuber a lot of them want to start making videos.
To help you find the best video camera for your child we have created this guide. First we’ll take a look at how to find the right video camera for your child(ren) and then we’ll do a short review on the best video cameras for kids.
Age: One of the most important aspects to consider is the age of your child. A 4 year old child will handle the video camera very different from a 9 year old. Therefore we have split our video camera recommendations in two categories: age 3+ and age 9+. These categories are only a suggestion, your 7 or 8 year old child might be able to handle a more advanced camera that does not look like a toy. It’s best to use your own judgment in this case.
Durability: Somehow children always seem to be able to break, drop or lose even the toughest toys. The cameras in this guide, especially those for 3-9 years old children, are not very fragile and are able to withstand the abuse of children.
Price: Children don’t need the most expensive camera with advanced features and you don’t want to constantly supervise your child(ren) while using the video camera to make sure it’s handled correctly. That’s why all video cameras in this guide are very affordable.
Easy to use: A child should be able to use the video camera by himself without having anyone constantly guiding them. All of the cameras featured in this guide are easy to use for any child.
Type of camera: Which type of camera you should pick for your child depends on how your child will use it. If your child only wants to record video a camcorder might be the best option. If your child wants to use it in or around water or while skateboarding or biking an action camera will be better suited.
Video Quality: Of course the video quality of the camera should also be good so your child can create good quality videos. There is a good chance you will watch some of the videos your child has created in the future and that’s a lot more fun if the quality of the video is good.
Our first recommendation is the VTech Kidizoom DUO Camera.
The Kidizoom DUO has two cameras, one on the front and one on the back, with a dedicated switch button. This is great for taking normal pictures and taking selfies. It also has 4x digital zoom and built-in auto flash so your child can use it for longer distances and in the dark.
The Kidizoom DUO features a 2.4-inch TFT color screen. The screen can be used to view pictures and video taken with the camera but also features 5 built-in games. You can limit the play time or disable the games completely using the parental control settings.
The camera has 256MB memory built-in but it’s expendable up to 32GB with a microSD/microSDHC card (sold separately). After 3 minutes without operation the camera will shut itself off to conserve battery life. The camera uses 4 AA batteries.View Price on Amazon
Our first recommendation for children 9 years and older is the Nikon COOLPIX S33.
This camera is built to last. It is shockproof up to 5 feet, waterproof up to 33 feet deep and freeze proof down to 14° F. The oversized buttons and easy menus make it easy for your children to start recording videos.
The 13.2 megapixel low-light CMOS sensor can take high quality pictures and record Full HD 1080p videos with stereo sound. Pictures and videos can be viewed on the 2.7-inch LCD screen on which you can also select fun effect like Miniature to make an entire scene look like a toy model.
The battery of the COOLPIX S33 is rechargeable so you don’t have the hassle of switching out AA batteries.View Price on Amazon
Our second age 9+ recommendation is the Panasonic HC-V180K. This camcorder is the most expensive camera in this guide and is a lot more advanced. That’s why we only recommend this camcorder if your child is serious about creating videos.
This Panasonic creates Full HD 1080p videos and uses an image stabilizer to reduce camera shake. The wide-angle lens can capture the entire scene in tight places and can zoom in up to 50 times with optical zoom.
The battery life of this camcorder is great and you can expand the storage space with an SD card up to 64GB.View Price on Amazon
Our first action camera recommendation is the VTech Kidizoom Action Cam. This action camera is durable and waterproof so it’s excellent for children. The camera comes with two mounts for mounting the camera on a bike, skateboard, helmet or anything else. The waterproof housing is waterproof up to 6 feet deep so you can take pictures and record video underwater.
This action cam features a 1.4-inch LCD color screen on which you can preview photos and videos, play games or apply effects, frames and filters. You can also select different modes using the camera screen so you can create time-lapse photos or stop-motion videos.
The camera has a rechargeable battery which last for around 2.5 hours of continuous photo taking and video recording. With the MicroSD card slot you can expand the memory storage of the camera up to 32GB. This kids video camera is available in yellow (see picture) and purple.View Price on Amazon
Our second action cam is the Cymas Sports Action Camera. This action camera records in Full HD 1080p at 30 frames per second with a 170 degrees super wide-angle fisheye lens. It also features a 2-inch HD screen on which you can set up, preview and playback video.
The waterproof case is durable and is waterproof up to 30 meters so you can use it for snorkeling and diving. The case comes with 16 mounting accessories so you can always find the perfect mount for whatever activity you plan on doing.
The camera features a 900mAh battery that lasts up to 3 hours of recording and it supports MicroSD cards up to 32GB.View Price on Amazon
And that concludes this buyers guide. Hopefully you have found the perfect kids video camera for your child!