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Selecting the Right Camera for Kids
 
 
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Cameras for Kids
 
Selecting the Right Camera for Kids

Child Taking a Picture

 

Photo by Alfredo De Simone

By Nicoletta Marconi

Photography is a great way to get the kids involved in a family vacation. Selecting the right camera is fundamental to drawing children into photography and opening their eyes to the world from behind the lens. Yet with the plethora of makes and models finding the right camera for kids may not be as easy as it sounds. The following tips will help you select the best camera based on their age, interests and needs.

Single use cameras
Single use or disposable cameras are the optimal solution for young children, kids 8 years of age and under. At this age the objective is to get them started rather than take high quality photographs. What's more single use cameras are light, easy to use and cost much less to replace.

Point and Shoot cameras
If your children are already familiar with more complex cameras, automatic or 'point and shoot' models are ideal. Not only are they lighter and easier to use than reflex cameras, which enable the user to control exposure and shutter speed, they are more resistant and much less expensive.

When selecting a point and shoot model consider the weight and utility of the camera first. The model you select should not compromise your child's freedom of movement or inhibit them form snapping each time an object or image sparks their interest.

Why digital
The world of photography is, at this point, virtually digital. But that's not the only reason to purchase a digital camera.
Digital models offer big advantages for kids. A child can shoot more than one picture of the same image and select the photo they like best. Digital cameras don't limit picture taking to optimal conditions as analogical models often do. With a digital camera, reasonable results can be had even in low light situations. You have no added costs above the purchase of the camera; you won't be nickeled and dimed for film and development. Moreover, computer savvy kids will soon be elaborating their pictures and, if you're lucky, making postcards, calendars and CDs of your family vacation.
Pixels Size in cm * Size in inches *
1 Megapixel 10 x 6 3 x 5
2 Megapixel 10 x 13 4 x 6
3 Megapixel 13 x 17 5 x 7
4 Megapixel 19 x 14 5.5 x 7.5
5 Megapixel 21 x 16 6.5 x 8.5
6 Megapixel 26 x 17 7 x 10
8 Megapixel 20 x 30 8 x 11
11 Megapixel 34 x 22 9 x 13
*The size of the photo is based on a resolution of 300dpi

When purchasing a digital camera for kids be sure the pixels match your child's needs. The chart shows the relationship between pixels and photo size.

Objectives
Selecting a digital camera with a built-in zoom has several advantages for kids and ensures they don't miss a chance to shoot!
  • A built-in zoom enables children to get close to a subject naturally reducing embarrassment and inhibition.
  • They permit children to get close to an object that is beyond reach, on safari for example.
  • When used like a binocular, a zoom lens provides kids with a different view of the landscape. It enables them to explore an area they couldn't see otherwise.

A zoom lens with an amplification of 3x should satisfy a child's need in most photo situations.

Underwater cameras
Underwater cameras are fun to use on exotic family holidays and marine vacations with a focus on underwater activity! Single use models provide kids with the greatest freedom of movement and they cost considerably less than a professional or semi-professional model.

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