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What's the Best Kids Camera for Christmas?

Updated on July 21, 2013

5 of the Best Kids Camera for Christmas Under $100

Are you looking for an inexpensive first camera for a young child? Or an affordable compact camera for an older child or teen? If you're planning to get a kids camera for Christmas, there are plenty of choices out there, but picking the right one can be hard.

This page has compiled 5 of the best options available for kids, from young children who need something rugged and durable, to older kids who are ready for a more "adult" camera that can take good pictures. These five cameras are great options for kids, and parents will like them, too, because they're all under $100. (Prices are accurate as of this writing, but are subject to change, so please check for updated pricing below.)

(Image of Nikon Coolpix S30 provided by amazon)

Vtech Kidizoom Camera (Pink)CHECK PRICE

This Vtech Kidizoom is currently the most popular camera in the Kids Camera category on amazon. It's designed for kids from 3 to 8 years old. The 1.3 megapixel camera has a 4x digital zoom and can shoot both still photos and videos and store up to 1000 photos on the internal memory.

Kids will love the built-in games that allow them to have fun doing things like turning your photos into a puzzle and then putting the pieces together. You can also add stamps, borders and silly effects to the pictures.

If you have a preschool child, this is the bestselling camera you'll find. It's available in pink, orange or blue.

Nikon Coolpix S30CHECK PRICE

If you're looking for a camera with better quality than the Vtech Kidizoom but still offering the same rugged construction, the Nikon Coolpix is a 10.1 MP camera that is waterproof to 9.8 feet (3 meters), shockproof to withstand drops from drops from up to 2.6 feet, and dustproof, making it a great choice for kids or anyone who wants an affordable camera to take to the beach.

It has large buttons designed to be easy for kids to use, and offers 1-touch 720p HD video recording. It features a 2.7-inch LCD monitor, a 3x zoom lens and a variety of in-camera special effects and features such as time lapse mode, in-camera slide shows, selective color and others.

Canon PowerShot A2300 CHECK PRICE

As of this writing, the Canon PowerShot A2300 is currently one of the top 10 cameras in Amazon's point-and-shoot category, and it's the only one in the top 10 that's price under $100.

This is a full-feature camera good for anyone looking for something affordable. It features a 16.0 MP sensor, 5x optical zoom and 4x digital zoom (giving a combined 20x zoom power), a 28mm wide angle lens, a 2.7-inch LCD screen and one-touch 720p HD video. It's great for beginners because it features Smart AUTO with 32 predefined shooting situations.

Other customers love this camera - it currently has an average rating of 4.4 out of 5 stars with over 40 reviews.

Nikon COOLPIX L26CHECK PRICE

The Nikon Coolpix L26 is another good choice for older kids and teens, or adults who want an affordable compact camera. This Coolpix features a 16.1 Megapixel CCD sensor, a 5x zoom lens, a 3-inch LCD monitor, and one-touch 720p HD video recording.

Kids should find it easy to use because it comes with settings for frequent subjects, such as Portrait, Landscape, Night Setting or Close-up. It also offers a macro mode for taking shots up close. Plus, it's compatible with AA batteries, so there's no need to worry about finding an electrical outlet and waiting a few hours before you can start using the camera again.

Available in black, red or silver.

Canon PowerShot A1300CHECK PRICE

Right now, the PowerShot A1300 is one of amazon's bestselling compact cameras.

The A1300 features a 16.0 MP CCD sensor, 5x optical zoom, a 28mm wide-angle lens, a 2.7-inch LCD monitor and 720p HD video recording with a dedicated movie button. This camera is a good choice for kids because it comes with a Help button that provides simple explanations of the various settings, and it comes with a variety of creative effects kids will love, such as Fisheye Effect, Monochrome, or Toy Camera Effect. It also offers Smart AUTO with settings for 32 common predefined shooting situations.

It's available in two colors - silver or black.

More kids cameras for Christmas below

Other Cameras for Kids on Amazon - Take a look at these options

Don't see anything you like above? Here are some other camera options for younger children.

To Save Money, Consider a Used or Refurbished Camera - Get a better quality camera for less

If you have an older child and you'd like to get him or her a good camera, but you don't want to spend a lot of money, you might also want to consider buying a used or refurbished model. You can often get these on eBay in good condition and with all the packaging, but for a lot less money than you'd pay for a new model of the latest camera. Here are some of the current eBay results for refurbished compact cameras.

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