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13 October 2021

Best kids' cameras

Don't waste your money on a rubbish camera for your child. Find out which cameras for kids from VTech, Amazon and more are durable, easy to use and take the best photos
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Olivia Woodhouse
Child using a camera

A decent kids' camera should be full of fun extras, easy to use and durable enough to be protected against any drops or tumbles. However, our testing has found that not all kids' cameras are created equal. 

In September 2021 we tested five popular cameras for kids from VTech, Amazon and more, to find which were the easiest to use, the most durable and took the best photos. 

Our in-house photography expert, James Stringer, helped to judge the images. His insight helped us to understand which cameras to avoid, and in some cases, which could put your child off photography for good.


Need a camera for a teenager? An instant camera might be a better place to start - read our instant camera reviews


The best kids' cameras 

Only logged-in Which? members can view the kids' cameras test results below. If you're not yet a member, you'll see an alphabetically ordered list of the kids cameras we tested.

Join Which? now to get instant access to our test scores and Best Buy recommendation below.

Diswoe&1 Kids Camera

Cheapest price: £24.99, available at Amazon

Weight: 85g 

Dimensions: 5.6 x 8.4 x 4.6cm (HxWxD)

Stated age: 3-14 years

Zoom: 4x digital zoom

Video: Yes

Key features: Lithium battery, USB charger and wrist strap included

This animal-themed lightweight camera is the cheapest in our test. It doesn't have any extra functions or a flash but, remarkably, considering the low price, you do get video recording and a 4x digital zoom. 

To find out whether it's worth buying or if you should spend a little more, log in or join Which? now.

Kitvision Kids Action Camera

Cheapest price: £34.99, available at Amazon, Currys, also available at Argos

Weight: 50g 

Dimensions: 6 x 6 x 2.5cm (HxWxD)

Stated age: 3+

Zoom: No

Video: Yes

Key features: Lithium battery, USB charger included, wrist strap included, waterproof to 25 metres, helmet straps and bike mount included, one-year guarantee 

The only kids' camera we tested that's waterproof. We put this to the test by filling a large sink with water and taking a video underwater.

See whether this camera's waterproof credentials are legitimate and if it survived our durability tests by logging in or joining Which? now.

Sunny Life Snap Me Digi Camera

Cheapest price: £28.79, available at Hamleys, also available at Liberty, Selfridges

Weight: 100g 

Dimensions: 6 x 5 x 8cm (HxWxD)

Stated age: 10+

Zoom: No

Video: No

Key features: Lithium battery, USB charger included, wrist strap included

Basic functions are pretty much all you get on this low-priced kids' camera.

It has no zoom or video capability, but what did our expert think of the photos it took? Log in or join Which? to find out.

VTech Kidizoom Duo Camera 5.0

Cheapest price: £39.99, available at John Lewis, Smyths, also available at Argos, Amazon, Vtech

Weight: 650g

Dimensions: 8.5 x 11.4 x 4cm (HxWxD)

Stated age: 3 +

Zoom: 4x digital zoom

Video: Yes

Key features: Requires 4 x AA batteries (included), USB charger included, wrist strap included, flash, one-year manufacturer's guarantee 

VTech is a popular brand that's known for toys as well as baby monitors. Read our VTech baby monitor reviews to see how they fare in our tests. 

The Kidizoom Duo has quite a few features, especially compared with some of the more basic cameras above. But does this make it trickier to use?

To see how this camera squared up, log in or join Which? now.

VTech Kidizoom Studio

Cheapest price: £55.99, available at Smyths, also available at Argos

Weight: 650g 

Dimensions: 6.1 x 9.1 x 3.7cm (HxWxD)

Stated age: 3 +

Zoom: 4x digital zoom

Video: Yes

Key features: Lithium battery, USB charger included, wrist strap included, green screen and tripod included, one-year guarantee 

It's easily the priciest kids' camera in our test, and the Vtech Kidizoom Studio is the only one that comes with a green screen allowing you to place yourself in front of fun backdrops. 

We tested it out to see how useful this actually was. Want to know whether it's a gimmick?  Log in or join Which? now.

Five things we learned testing kids' cameras

  1. Don't expect too many standard functions. You'll find that most kids' cameras have games on them and lots of filters and frames but, of those we tested, only one had flash and only a few had zoom. 
  2. The bigger the buttons the better. Clear, well-labelled buttons that are easy to find and press are essential for a kids' camera. A number of cameras we tested had confusing layouts and navigation. 
  3. If photo quality is important to you, spend more. We found in our testing that the cheaper the camera, the worse the image quality.  
  4. The grippier the better. Rubber grips and casings are great for comfort and will protect the camera from inevitable drops. Wrist straps are also really useful.
  5. Always buy a micro-SD card just in case. Some of the cameras we tested had no internal memory; those that did often needed the photos to be stored on the card to be transferred onto another device. 

How we tested

We bought five kids' cameras that are widely available from popular retailers and put them through their paces. Which? pays for all of its products, so you can rest assured that we'll give you unbiased reviews. 

Ease of use

Intuitive navigation, a comfortable design and smooth shooting are all essential for a great kids' camera. We gave the cameras to two researchers and asked them to carry out a range of basic functions. We then asked them to do this again with gloves on to test for their dexterity. 

Scores were given based on how easy they felt these functions would be for a child. 

Photo quality

A good kids' camera should be able to adjust to different environments. We took photos of a researcher in a various locations, including a dark room, a well-lit room and also outside. This allowed us to test out the flash (on cameras that have it) and how the cameras dealt with natural light as well as artificial light and movement.

We then had our in-house photography expert, James Stringer, judge all the photos.

Durability

Children inevitably have accidents, and their cameras should be child-proofed to reflect that. We put the cameras' durability to the test by drop-testing them all - 10 times each - from different angles. Those that had damage affecting their usability were given worse ratings than those with purely cosmetic damage.