If you were to ask me to write an article about the best action cameras for kids 10 years ago; I would of said you were crazy. I would have told you; no way are kids using action cameras. Granted, GoPro introduced their first action video camera back in 2006 it wasn’t until 2010 that they became more affordable and mainstream.
We are fans of these action cameras because it is just the way kids and technology are evolving. Gone are the days of using 35mm cameras that require photo processing that used to take up to a week. Kids want their pictures and videos right away for viewing and sharing with friends on social media. With endless uses; swimming, biking, skateboarding, hiking, sightseeing and more; your kid will never be bored. The cameras allow parents a sneak peak of your child’s view of the world and their adventures.
5 Best Action Cameras for Kids – GoPro Alternatives
Although there are many action cameras available, the three models below are the ones that we are most familiar with. They also come from known electronic companies that stand behind their products. We will be expanding on this article as our research continues.
Our number one action camera for kids comes from Ourlife. Out of all the cameras we reviewed, this model had the highest image quality of 5 mp and a video quality of 30 fps.The Ourlife Action Camera provides a lot of bang for the buck. This action camera for kids includes an 8 GB memory card, wrist strap, 2 camera mounts, USB cable, helmet fastening strap and water proof case.
- Take photos, selfies and record videos on the go. Playback videos enabled.
- Comes with accessories to mount the camera to your bike, skateboard and more and take great action shots. Add the all-weather, water-resistant case for use up to 33m underwater
- Micro USB Cable
- Picture Resolution: 1M ( 1280 x 960 ), 3M ( 2048 x 1536 ), 5M ( 2592 x 1944 )
- Video Resolution: HD ( 1280 x 720 ), 640 ( 640 x 480 )
- Storage: Uses Micro SD Card ( UP to 32GB ) Included 8GB memory card along with the product
- Screen Size: 1.8 Inch LCD
The Kiddizoom from VTech is second on our list of action cameras for kids. It has all the features we are looking for: carry strap, water-resistant protective shell, and a unique mount that allows the camera to rotate 180 degrees.
- Take photos and records videos on the go
- Take selfies or shoot videos with exciting features like slow and fast-motion using the 180Â° rotatable camera
- Comes with accessories to mount the camera to your bike, skateboard and more and take great action shots. Add the all-weather, water-resistant case for use up to 6m underwater
- Includes two platform-style games and one augmented reality game for even more fun.
- Micro USB Cable
- Storage: Uses Micro SD cards from 1 GB to 32 GB (not included)
- Screen Size: 1.8 Inch LCD
- Photo Resolution: 640 x 380 (0.3mp)
The Akaso EK7000 is an affordable GoPro alternative that delivers high-quality video without costing you a fortune. It’s easy for kids to use, and it can be mounted on anything from your bike handlebars to your head. And with its durable design, you’ll never have to worry about breaking it!
With this camera, you can capture every moment of life in stunning 4k resolution. Plus, there are so many accessories available for the Akaso EK7000 that will help make the videos even more professional-looking – like a waterproof case, tripod mount, or remote control!
So what are you waiting for? Get yours today and start capturing memories in amazing quality!
We are huge fans of the Dragon Touch 4K action camera. Works great for kids and adults and has an abundance of accessories to mount this little guy anywhere. This tiny action camera is ready to capture your most exciting moments in stunning hi-definition video on the go. It records 4K/30fps video and can take 16-megapixel still photos to help capture more of the action, it features a fixed 170° wide-angle lens, making it the ultimate combination of performance and small size.
Capture every moment with an included waterproof case, it allows the camera to be used underwater up to 30M (98ft) in depth. The built-in rechargeable battery enables you to continuously record up to 90 minutes per charge without worry. The Dragon Touch 4K action camera comes with two batteries, a wrist remote, and 7 mounts including a helmet mount.
Features to Look for in Action Cameras for Kids
Here are a few items that we feel are important when shopping for a action camera or a go pro for kids.
Let’s face it; kids are hard on everything.Â You want to look for cameras that have sturdy designs and protective cases. We highly recommend wrist straps; similar to what you would see on a Nintendo Wii controller that has a mechanism to tighten around a child’s wrist. Another idea is to connect the camera to a lanyard and hang it from your child’s neck.
For those underwater action videos, taking videos in in-climate weather or in the event that your child leaves the camera outside in the rain â€“ is a must-have feature.
Who wants to spend too much on a camera or buy a cheap action camera for the sake of the low price?
Still images are measured in megapixels (MP), while the video quality is measured in Frames-per-second (FPS). The higher the number the better.
The longer the better, right?Â Most action cameras for kids will use disposable batteries; which we prefer because the batteries (typically AA) are easily available and extras can be packed along during a trip.Â Models with internal batteries can be charged with included USB cables.
Memory and storage equate to how many photos or hours of video can be stored on the memory card.Â Cameras will use either a Micro SD or SD card.Â Check to see what size memory card is pre-installed and whether it can be upgraded to a larger size.