Children love taking photos, whether they’re six or sixteen or using a smartphone or a DSLR. Your smartphone is probably already filled with silly selfies of your kids, are we right?

Giving your child a kids’ camera for their birthday, or for Christmas, is a great way to foster their creative side and get them interested in photography. Below, we’ve listed the best cameras for kids in 2018, from digital to instant cameras.

1. Fujifilm Instax Mini 9 Instant Camera

Fujifilm Instax Mini 9 Instant Camera

Instant cameras have always been a hit with children. Instantly receiving a print photograph hasn’t lost its allure, even with the advent of digital cameras. The novelty factor, along with the ability to share the instant photos with friends as keepsakes, makes these cameras a great gift.

With its affordable price tag, the Fujifilm Instax Mini 9 camera is one of the best kids’ cameras around. The different pastel colours and fun bodies are made to appeal to kids.

The Fujifilm Instax Mini 9 is a cool and compact instant camera that will have your kids snapping away in no time. This latest model comes with a selfie mirror so kids don’t waste any shots thanks to a poor aim.

Just beware the film packs are not included – but a cute, custom-made chambray camera bag is!

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2. Nikon Coolpix W100 Digital Compact Camera

Nikon Coolpix W100 Digital Compact Camera


For the best entry-level compact digital camera, the Nikon Coolpix W100 is a great option. It has big one-touch buttons and is compact so it’s perfect for little hands.

This camera is affordable yet packs a bunch of features. It’s waterproof to 10 metres, perfect for a fun beach trip. It’s also shockproof so there’s no need to panic when it’s dropped.

The Coolpix W100 comes in cool, bright colours the kids will love. And you can now buy it in a bundle with a cute kids’ camera bag too.

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3. Polaroid Cube Action Lifestyle Camera

If your kids want a camera they can take with them on their adventures, an action camera is a great idea. The Polaroid Cube Action Lifestyle Camera is an affordable option for your child.

Your child can mount it to almost anything, including their bikes, thanks to various mounting options and an in-built magnet. And if they take a tumble, you won’t need to worry, as the camera is weatherproof and splashproof.

Its 1080p HD video recording and wide-angle lens will also have them capturing impressive videos of their adventures in no time.

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4. Canon IXUS 185

The Canon IXUS 185 is a slim camera with a powerful set of features, including 8x zoom and a 20MP sensor. Yet as with many Canon cameras, the operating system is easy to grasp, making it a great entry-level camera for kids interested in photography.

Kids will love the digital filters they can experiment with, while the Smart Automatic shooting mode lets them snap away without complications.

With HD Movie recording available, the kids will love to capture all their adventures on the go. And the compact size means these cameras are easy for kids to carry and hold.

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5. Panasonic Lumix FT30 Digital Compact Camera

Kids can be a bit clumsy, but if you’re worried about how long a camera would last in their hands, there are cameras built to last.

The Panasonic Lumix FT30 compact camera is waterproof, shockproof and freeze-proof. Its tough build will survive the stickiest, clumsiest hands. It has 16.1 megapixels and full HD video recording.

It also comes with some awesome special modes, such as time lapse recording and Creative Panorama. That’s not to mention its range of cool filter effects so the kids will be able to create amazing photo art.

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Cool iPhone Accessories

If your teenager is already showing a keen photography eye and some skills with their iPhone camera, they’ll undoubtedly love some iPhone camera accessories.

You can nurture their inner shutterbug with Olloclip iPhone Lenses, which will up the quality of their iPhone camera and work with all their favourite photo and video apps.

A Joby Gorillapod tripod will help them become internet creators rather than consumers. Meanwhile, a ProMaster selfie stick will let them frame photos more easily whether they’re capturing memories at a party or travelling.

Looking for the best camera for your child? Find a great range of cameras online at Parramatta Cameras or visit us in store for some one-on-one advice.