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The Best Toddler Cameras for Junior Photographers

The little shutterbug in your life can begin capturing precious memories right from the start.
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Published December 19, 2023
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You love to snap photos as your little one grows, and odds are high your child has taken note. If your child enjoys taking pictures with your phone, it’s time to consider investing in a toddler camera.

The best toddler cameras are durable, fun and simple enough for little hands to grip and use. As a mom of four, I have a lot of experience with these cameras and have also seen firsthand which features make a kids’ camera stand out, and which just cause frustration. While my one-year-old is a little young for one of these devices, my three older children all have their own kids’ cameras—they were a big hit last Christmas, and my kids still use them regularly.

But which one to choose? As with many toys and toddler-friendly devices, there’s a range of options available to you. Some toddler cameras print out instant pictures you can store in a book or put on the fridge, while others are digital and can be printed out on demand. There are even sticker and video toddler cameras for additional fun. Keep reading for our top pics that are to be a hit with your little photog, and create lasting mementos for your entire family.

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How We Chose the Best Toddler Cameras

A toddler camera can be a treasured toy, and it’s important to choose wisely. To pick the best toddler cameras:

  • We analyzed the most popular devices on the market and narrowed the field based on elements like screen size, storage options, resolution and value.

  • We relied on our hands-on experience with many of these models.

  • We considered reviews from real parents, to ensure we had the most well-rounded sense of how these cameras perform for a range of children. Only toddler cameras with an average review of four or more stars made the final cut.

Editorial integrity is at the heart of everything we publish. Read about how The Bump develops and reviews all articles, including product reviews.

The Best Toddler Cameras to Shop

Overall best toddler camera

Kidamento Instant Camera for Kids - Koko the Panda
Image: Kidamento
What We Love
  • Adorable design
  • Durable
  • Inexpensive film
Things To Consider
  • Consider investing in a book for prints

Kidamento’s instant camera is a consistent fan favorite, and with good reason—it’s both adorable and functional. This camera, which is intended for kids aged 3 and up, comes in a sweet panda design and has an exterior that’s easy for smaller hands to grip. The camera instantly prints out black and white photos in both a paper roll and sticker roll. Worth noting: You can get up to 70 pictures with the paper roll and 35 with the sticker roll, ultimately saving you money on film compared to many other options. There’s also a selfie camera, in case your child prefers self portraits. The camera has a rechargeable battery, as well as a soft lanyard to make it easier for your child to carry around.

Screen size: 2.4" | Storage: 32 GB | Resolution: 4,096 x 2,160 pixels

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Best instant camera for kids

Fujifilm Instax Mini 11
Image: Walmart
What We Love
  • Easy to grip
  • Creates durable photos
  • Simple for kids to figure out
Things To Consider
  • Kids can blow through film quickly

This instant camera was a great choice for my 3-year-old last Christmas. She’s repeatedly snapped photos at home, on vacation and of her siblings, and loves to display them around our home. The camera has an exterior that’s grippy enough for small hands to hold and isn’t heavy—it’s under 11 ounces. It also dispenses mini photos that are 55 by 85 millimeters in size, with a solid white space at the bottom that your child can hold without interfering with the picture itself. My daughter isn’t exactly delicate with her photos, and I’m impressed at how well they’ve held up despite being toted around the house and even handled by her little sister. The Instax Mini 11 comes in several kid-friendly colors. Just stock up on extra film when you purchase it or plan to help oversee your little photographer in action—they can run through film pretty quickly.

Screen size: N/A (none) | **Storage: N/A (not digital) | *Resolution:* N/A (not digital)

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Best durable toddler camera

Seckton Upgrade Kids Selfie Camera
Image: Walmart
What We Love
  • Sturdy
  • Fun colors
  • Can take photos and video
Things To Consider
  • Some say included games are too complicated

Let’s face it: Toddlers are tough on their toys. With that, you need a camera that can stand up to their rough and tumble lifestyle. The Seckton Upgrade Kids Selfie Camera does just that. It has a shockproof outer shell for fall protection, with a petite enough size that small hands can easily get a grip on. (There’s also an included lanyard to keep the camera from hitting the ground if it slips.) This toy has a dual-camera configuration to allow kids to take selfies. There’s even a video and voice recorder to make additional memories, as well as built-in games when your child is done shooting. This camera is rechargeable and offers up to two hours of battery life before it needs to be plugged in again.

Screen size: 2.4" | Storage: 32 GB | Resolution: 8 megapixels (camera); 1080 pixels (video)

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Best kids sticker camera

VTech KidiZoom Print Cam
Image: Target
What We Love
  • Fun features and graphics
  • Wide picture range
  • Large film rolls
Things To Consider
  • Photos are black and white
  • Designed for kids aged 4+
  • MicroSD card not included

Most kids love their stickers. The VTech KidiZoom Print Cam gives them the option to create their own by shooting photos of loved ones and their favorite objects. This camera features more than 110 templates, including comic strips, greeting cards and play money, to give kids a wide range of options. There are also filters and borders that can be easily added. There are parental controls to set daily time and printing limits, as well as to turn off the included games. You’ll get up to 80 pictures with the included paper, giving you plenty of mileage out of the film that comes with the device. Just keep in mind when purchasing film refills that the sticker paper is different from the standard film roll.

Screen size: 2.4" | Storage: 32 GB | Resolution: 5 MP

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Best kids camera with photo editing

VTech KidiZoom Camera Pix Plus
Image: Walmart
What We Love
  • Highly grippy design
  • Wrist strap
  • Voice effects
Things To Consider
  • Photo shoots on a delay
  • Requires 4 AA batteries, not included

The VTech KidiZoom Camera Pix Plus allows kids to get creative with their pictures beyond the conventional point and shoot. This camera lets little ones record voices and play with more than 40 camera effects, including picture frames, stamps, collages, and more. Kids can even stitch together up to five pictures to make a panoramic shot and can do animations with up to 100 pictures. Once your child creates photos, simply transfer them to your computer. The camera's memory goes up to 32 GB, although you’ll need to purchase a MicroSD card separately. The camera comes in blue and pink exterior options, and features a built-in wrist strap to lower the risk of drops.

Screen size: 1.8" | Storage: 32 GB | Resolution: 2 MP

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Best video camera for kids

Kidamento Kids Digital Camera & Video Camcorder
Image: Amazon
Buying Options
Amazon|$49.99
What We Love
  • Adorable design
  • Comfortable silicone body
  • Flip-out screen
Things To Consider
  • Some say it’s smaller than expected

Kids that love to shoot video will get a kick out of the Kidamento digital camera and video camcorder. This video camera has a cool unicorn and plane theme, along with a flip-out screen kids can use to get a better view of the action. A built-in hand strap in the same silicone as the camera’s body keeps the device securely in your child’s hand as they shoot away. Your little one can flip through filters, frames and even a selfie timer for the built-in “regular” camera. While this camera packs a lot in, it comes in a surprisingly petite package.

Screen size: 2" | Storage: 32 GB | Resolution: 20 MP

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Best budget-friendly toddler camera

Sineau Kids Camera
Image: Amazon
What We Love
  • Simple design
  • Intuitive buttons
  • Inexpensive
Things To Consider
  • Some say the video speaker is quiet

Whether you’re interested in seeing if your child will enjoy a camera before upgrading to a pricier model or just want to save a little, you can’t go wrong with the Sineau Kids Camera. This device is just $25, making it affordable for many. The camera offers digital zoom up to 4x, along with a front and rear camera for shooting from all angles. Kids have options for jazzing up their photos, too, thanks to seven color filters and 28 picture frame options. It can even shoot video! The included lanyard helps protect this camera from accidental drops.

Screen size: 2" | Storage: 32 GB | Resolution: 12 MP

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Best camera for bigger kids

Vtech KidiZoom Creator Cam
Image: Target
What We Love
  • Lots of features
  • Included tripod and green screen
  • Video and camera capabilities
Things To Consider
  • Memory card isn’t included.

VTech’s KidiZoom Creator Cam has everything aspiring directors and YouTubers need to get up and running. This camera allows kids to shoot pictures and video, and even comes with its own small tripod for quick and easy set-up. A fun perk: The camera comes with a green screen to help kids use animated backgrounds, like getting chased by a dinosaur or floating in outer space. Kids can also enjoy a selfie stick for self-portraits. An included wrist strap makes it easy to shoot pictures and video safely on the move. Choose from pink or red themes.

Screen size: 2.4" | Storage: 32 GB | Resolution: 5 MP

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Toddler Camera Comparison Chart

Overall best toddler cameraBest instant camera for kidsBest durable toddler cameraBest kids sticker cameraBest kids camera with photo editingBest video camera for kidsBest budget-friendly toddler cameraBest camera for bigger kids
Overall Best
Kidamento Instant Camera for Kids - Koko the Panda
Fujifilm Instax Mini 11
Seckton Upgrade Kids Selfie Camera
VTech KidiZoom Print Cam
VTech KidiZoom Camera Pix Plus
Kidamento Kids Digital Camera & Video Camcorder
Sineau Kids Camera
Vtech KidiZoom Creator Cam
Price$$$$$$$$$$$$
Screen size2.4"N/A (none)2.4"2.4"1.8"2"2"2.4"
Storage32 GBN/A (not digital)32 GB32 GB32 GB32 GB32 GB32 GB
Resolution4,096 x 2,160 pixelsN/A (not digital)8 MP (camera); 1080 pixels (video)5 MP2 MP 20 MP12 MP5 MP
Rechargable battery
Zoom2x2x8x4x4x8x5x N/A
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What to Look for in a Toddler Camera

There’s a wide range of toddler cameras out there, and it’s ultimately best to find one that suits the needs of your child and family. However, there are certain features that can be helpful to look for:

  • Materials: Toddlers aren’t known for having the most steady or consistent grip. Look for a camera with a silicone or similar covering to make it easier to hold onto the camera.

  • Straps: Wrist straps, hand straps, and lanyards can help hold the camera in place and prevent it from crashing to the ground. If your child uses a lanyard, make sure to supervise them to avoid the risk of choking.

  • Digital or print. Some toddler cameras are digital (meaning, you upload the photos to your computer); others use film. One isn’t necessarily better than the other. Just be mindful that if you buy the latter, you’ll need to purchase more film as your child uses it up.

  • Additional features: Toddler cameras can come with a wide range of features, including the ability to put frames on photos and to edit existing pictures. These typically cost more than other models, so keep that in mind as you shop.

About the writer:

Korin Miller is a freelance writer who’s written dozens of health features for The Bump. She specializes in commerce, wellness and lifestyle trends, with work appearing in Women’s Health, Forbes, SELF and more. Korin is mom to four kids, ranging in age from 1 to 10 years old. She has a master’s degree from American University and lives by the beach.

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