Best Cameras For Kids Age 3-18 | A Christmas Gift Guide By Age From St Louis Family Photographer

BEST CAMERAS FOR KIDS | Looking for a camera for kids this Christmas? I get this question every year around Christmas time! So I wanted to put together a list of camera recommendations for the families that I work with. These will be listed by age group however, these could be used by all ages.


These are obviously not real cameras however if you know me, you know my obsession with wooden toys. So, obviously, I HAD to include these in the list! I have gifted some of these to my baby milestone clients over the years and they have always been a big hit with families and little ones. These might just spark a love for photography from a young age!

  1. Father’s Factory – Heirloom Wooden Cameras $60-80
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2. KIKO+ Wooden Camera $30

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3. The Nordic Wooden Camera – $16

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Here’s a tricky one! We need a camera that will keep them interested at this age, but can hold up to the destructive nature of a toddler! I’m told this one is pretty sturdy!


There are two cameras that I love to recommend for this age group. First up is such a fun camera! It will print photos instantly, which is even more exciting for kids in this age group. Seeing their work come to life makes them feel like a true photographer. The only downside is the cost of film over time and some little ones will go crazy and go through the film very quickly. But this age group can easily understand the need to only take the shot when they know they have it!

  1. FUJIFILM INSTAX MINI 11 Instant Film Camera (Blush Pink)
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Do you have a child with a true love for photography who needs to test the waters with learning the skills of a pro? There are two cameras that many photographers start out with. This one has photo and video capability and allows you to switch out your lenses for different photo needs.

  1. Canon EOS Rebel T100 DSLR Camera with 18-55mm Lens
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2. Canon EOS 7D DSLR Camera with 18-135mm Kit

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This camera is for the semi/one-day-pro. This camera comes with a kit lens. It’s not ideal but a good start if you don’t have a budget for a better lens. If you do have the budget, buy this camera as a “body only” and grab a higher-quality lens. A 24-70mm or a 50mm would be great for most!

Message me if you have more questions and need help shopping this Christmas!

Still need to schedule a family session? Contact me to request booking details! A photo session would be a great gift for the whole family!


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