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Waterproof Cameras For Kids

Updated on August 1, 2014

Kids Will Love These Rugged Digital Cameras

The nice thing about waterproof cameras for kids is that they're are also great on land, so kids can have the joy of taking pictures while at play in the pool or simply having fun outdoors with their friends.

Kids love to take photos, but parents don't always love loaning them an expensive camera. If you don't want to take chances with your expensive equipment, be on the safe side and make sure your child has a waterproof camera of his or her own. The models shown on this page are amazing fully functioning waterproof digital cameras that kids can use both above and below water, and they're available in colors and designs children will love.

(Image: Nikon COOLPIX S30 available at See link below.)

What to Look for in a Kids Camera - Three features you don't want to miss

There are hundreds of new compact cameras on the market at any given time, plus many others you could buy used on sites such as eBay or Craigslist. But not all of them are appropriate for kids. Here are three important features to look for in a camera for kids.

  1. Rugged design

    Kids can be rough on electronics, so be sure to get a model that's tough enough for a bit of abuse.

  2. Simple controls

    Even adults can be confused by the complicated menus on some cameras. You'll want to be sure the model you choose for your kids is simple to use.

  3. Good picture quality

    Even if it's tough and easy to use, if it doesn't take good pictures, you're wasting your money. Look for a brand you know and trust.

    (Photo by Lisa Howard)

Featured Waterproof Camera for Kids - Nikon S31 is the best Nikon for kids

Nikon has long been a favorite brand of professional photographers and serious amateurs. Its name is synonymous with quality, so the new Nikon S31 underwater camera for kids should be be popular with shutterbug parents who want to give their kids a top quality camera that will stand up to the rough treatment that kids can dish out. It's one of the two available Nikon waterproof cameras, and It's packed with fun features kids will love, such as the ability to add digital frames to your photos, change the camera sounds, create albums and slideshows, and add creative effects to your images.

I own the previous version of this camera (the Coolpix S30). It's simple enough for my 5-year-old daughter to use, but the quality of photos and HD videos makes it fun for everyone in the family to use. The Coolpix S31 just improves on an already good product.

Another Waterproof Camera Kids Will Love - Snorkeling mask with a built-in camera

The Liquid Image camera mask is a perfect underwater camera for kids because it has simple one-button operation, and there's no fear of fumbling and dropping it to the bottom of the pool, lake or ocean. It's a great choice for hands-free underwater photography while snorkeling or swimming. Kids will love shooting both video and still photos with the camera built right into the mask.

Liquid Image 3.1MP Explorer Series Camera Mask (Yellow/Black, Mid Size)
Liquid Image 3.1MP Explorer Series Camera Mask (Yellow/Black, Mid Size)

This is a hands free mask camera perfect for taking underwater pictures up to 15 feet (great for swimming pools). Your child can take underwater photos of their friends or pictures of fish when they are swimming in ponds or out in nature. Provide your child with ample swimming safety training and practice taking pictures underwater together so they are prepared to be safe while in the water.


Sample Photo from the Nikon S30

Sample Photo from the Nikon S30
Sample Photo from the Nikon S30

Coleman C4WP-Y - An inexpensive choice for kids or adults

Coleman's waterproof Coleman C4WP-Y is designed for kids and teens, and the under-$100 price tag and bright yellow color are sure to make you smile. And parents won't need to worry about the kids dropping this one because it's also shock resistant.

Coleman C4WP-Y Waterproof with 1 x Optical Zoom 1.8-inch LCD Screen Yellow
Coleman C4WP-Y Waterproof with 1 x Optical Zoom 1.8-inch LCD Screen Yellow


Product features:

- 12.0 megapixel still camera mode and VGA recording

- 1.8-Inch flip up LCD screen

- Waterproof up to 10 feet

- Anti-shake and shock resistant

- 8x digital zoom, auto face and smile detection


Inexpensive Waterproof Cameras for Kids - Underwater toy camera

If you're looking for a cheap underwater camera for kids, this one is easy on the pocketbook. It only offers a very low 1.3 MP resolution, so don't expect to get quality photos from this one, but if you want something cheap that your kids can play with, this one is priced right. Bigger kids who care more about quality probably won't enjoy this one as much as some of the others on this page, but little kids can still have fun playing with it in the water.

Jazz JDC38W Waterproof 1.3MP Digital Flash Camera (Yellow/Blue)
Jazz JDC38W Waterproof 1.3MP Digital Flash Camera (Yellow/Blue)

Great price on this waterproof digital camera for kids so you can introduce the art to your child or grandchild at an early age. The waterproof feature will make this camera more durable so your child can enjoy the art of photography without having to worry about water damage.


More Underwater Camera Options - Find other styles to choose from

Many waterproof cameras for kids come in fun colors and with favorite characters on them, and new models are being introduced all the time. If you didn't see anything you like above, take a look at some of the other models available below.

Best Waterproof Cameras For Kids Videos - See an underwater camera in action

Want to see how these devices work? Take a look at these videos.

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    • tazzytamar profile image

      Anna 3 years ago from chichester

      Great lens and I love your photos! Brilliant idea for children's parties in the summer when there's going to be a lot of water fights etc...

    • edthecameraguy profile image

      edthecameraguy 4 years ago

      Wish we had these when I was a kid!

    • norma-holt profile image

      norma-holt 4 years ago

      Great gift idea for little ones. Blessed

    • srsddn lm profile image

      srsddn lm 5 years ago

      Great lens. Kids will certainly enjoy operating a waterproof camera.

    • piedromolinero profile image

      piedromolinero 5 years ago

      My daughter has the Fisher-Price camera now and she is really happy with it. Once she's a bit bigger, such an underwater camera mask would be great for her.

    • bloggerjon profile image

      bloggerjon 5 years ago

      Great lens and my son would like the under water camera mask, looks great