GoPros and other action cameras are particularly hot these days because they allow you to capture high quality point of view video (POV video) with a compact, rugged, waterproof, mountable video camera. Getting your child their own little video camera can encourage creativity and an interest in technology. But many action cameras aren’t cheap so if your child wants an action camera you might be hesitant to drop several hundred dollars on the best GoPro on the market. Luckily there are now some affordable and easy to operate action cameras for kids that fit the bill.
Here are some of the best action cameras for kids:
This action camera for kids comes with a headstrap mount, a clip mount (for attaching to bike handlebars, scooters, skaetboards, or just about anything else), and more. It’s marketed as “spy gear for kids” but this action camera can be used for a variety of uses. The Spy Go Action Camera runs off a recharable battery (included) and can record up to 15 minutes of standard definition video or up to 1500 still photos (no memory card required). It has three different simple modes: video with sound, still, and burst mode which captures a flurry of high speed photos to capture fast action. Note that this model doesn’t have a screen and you’ll need to sync it with your computer to view the footage your child records. Recommended for age 6 and up.
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Here’s an action camera for the active outdoorsy kid in your life. It comes with a waterproof case that can be brought in swimming pools, ponds, lakes or the ocean up to 6 feet deep and also comes with a variety of mounts for attaching the camera to bikes and other things. Another handy feature of this action camera for kids is its handstrap which makes it harder to lose. This model has an LCD screen on the rear which allows you to preview shots or review footage or still photos. It also has a fun photo effects mode which allows your kid to add decorations to the photos they take. You’ll need a microSD card (sold separately) but once you’ve got that it records up to 240 minutes of standard definition video with sound or 278,000 photos. This action camera for kids features a rechargable battery and also a USB cable to connect to your computer and offload footage or photos. Recommended for ages 4 and up.
Here’s another action camera for kids with a Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle (TMNT) theme. It features a waterproof rugged case that works in up to 6 feet of water, in case your kiddo finds a turtle they want to film underwater or something. This children’s action camera can record video at 720p HD and take 5.1 megapixel images and has an LCD monitor on the rear to preview and review footage and photos. It accepts a microSD memory card (sold separately). It also comes with a couple of mounts to attach the camera to the handlebars of a bike or something else.
This waterproof action camera for kids features a 1.4 inch color LCD screen on the reverse to preview and review footage and photos and can be submerged in up to 6 feet of water when using its included housing. It comes with two mounts to attach to bikes, skateboards and other items, and works with a microSD card (sold separately) to hold up to 4 hours of standard def video or 278,000 still photos. Comes with a hand strap and a USB cable to connect to your computer to offload footage and charge. Recommended for ages 4 and up.
Note: this item also comes in yellow
If you’re looking for more of a handheld camera or video camera for kids, the VTech Kidizoom Duo camera might fit the bill perfectly. It has both a front and a rear camera (for taking selfies) and a 2.4 inch color screen on the reverse. With both a photo and a video mode, the Kidizoom Duo also has a 4x built in zoom, a flash and even 5 built in games that your child can play on the rear screen. Takes videos in standard definition and offers fun color effects that can be used in both photo and video modes. Although this model has 256 mb of internal built in memory, we’d recommend adding a microSD card (sold separately) so you’re not constantly stuck plugging it into your computer to offload footage and photos to make space for new ones. Aslo includes a digital voice recorder mode a speaker for reviewing footage or voice recordings. Recommended for ages 3 and up.
Note: this item also comes in blue
Other notes & factors to consider:
Age suitability – All the action cameras in this list are specifically designed as action cameras for kids so if you’re buying an action camera for a teenager you might want to choose a more advanced model like a cheap action camera under $100.
Whether the camera takes sd cards or has built in memory – There are advantages to both, but some parents may find memory cards too easy to lose in which case they might opt for a model that uses built in memory like the first or last items on this list. On the other hand, those models store much less video and fewer photos than the models that use removable microSD cards, sold separately. All in all, we’d recommend considering using an action camera with removable memory cards.
The form factor of the camera – Some of these action cameras for kids are shaped like GoPros and others have a more traditional point and shoot camera design to them. Whether or not your child is likely to want to mount their camera to something like a bike will help you decide which form factor will work better.