Hi guys! Today’s post is a little different from what I normally do, but I thought I would put together a kids’ camera gift guide. Believe it or not, my #1 most frequently asked question is, “can you recommend a camera for my child?” I am a huge believer in getting cameras in kids’ hands early. My own love for photography started when I was very young. When I was four years old, I shot my parents’ wedding photos - not kidding! Their wedding album is a very cute series of beautiful photos of them, followed by a few pages of photos of them without heads or feet, and then a page at the end of just pictures of my own little feet. A lot of my childhood memories involve cameras or art in general, and I truly believe that I’ve been able to be successful creatively as an adult because my creative side was so well nurtured as a child.
So without further ado - the camera gift guide!
For babies and toddlers:
Babies and toddlers are not, in all likelihood, going be ready for anything that actually takes pictures. However, they are often fascinated by cameras even at such a young age, and could have a ton of fun playing pretend with (or even just chewing on, as it may be…) a little wooden camera.
1. Wooden Camera, Etsy, $33
Available in a few colors: black, white, pink, and turquoise. The back of the camera is a chalk board - great for promoting creativity in little ones! Your child’s name can be engraved on the top of the camera for an additional $8.
On Etsy, I also love these.
2. Wooden Camera, Magnolia, $32
I love that the back on this camera is a little more realistic, with a little pretend screen and icons that represent different lighting.
For little kids:
3. Schylling Viewfinder, Amazon, $24
If your little kid is still at the playing pretend stage, a simple viewfinder may be all they need. Did anyone else have one of these as a kid? I loved mine. You can order extra “film” for additional scenes.
4. Fujifilm InstaX, B&H, $57.99
If your little one is ready to start snapping his or her own pictures, this is a great first step. The InstaX is like the Polaroid cameras of my youth, but better. Higher quality images and you don’t have to shake the print to get an image to appear.
Available in multiple colors. Fujifilm also recently introduced a square version, here.
For the big kids:
5. Canon PowerShot, B&H, $109
This portable little camera is a great intro to digital photography, and you really can’t beat that price point for the quality. Unless you have a particularly responsible little one, I’d recommend it for ages 9 and up.
6. Canon Rebel, B&H, $599
My first DSLR was from the Canon Rebel series, and it will always have a special place in my heart. I recommend this for children 14 and up. If your child shows an increasing interest in photography, you can always purchase additional lenses.
I hope this is helpful! If you’re looking to spend a little more, or for a higher quality camera, please feel free to shoot me an email; I’m always happy to talk cameras. Happy shopping!