Camera’s are an investment and when purchasing one for your child you want to make sure you are buying the correct one. Some teens find an interest in simply just using a phone for photography and that is a great way to start! But for someone who would like to invest into photography and allow your child to express their creativity while learning a life long skill, this is a great guide for you!
Tip: make sure the camera you purchase has manual mode and automatic, this will allow them to learn more and save you money in the long run!
1) Nikon D3500
This user friendly camera is Nikon’s latest entry-level DSLR and a great camera for any teen to start with. It has great image quality and Nikon’s Clever Guide mode where it gives you a real-time explanations of the key shooting features to help your child learn better!
This camera sits at bit on the more expensive side but also sits as one of Canon’s best rated camera for beginners. This camera, though pricy, gives the user room to grow including some more advanced options. Even with this absence of 4K video, the camera does not disappoint and gives that first time user something to work towards.
As a priced reduced version of the Canon Rebel T7i, this is still a great option for any beginner to start with. With a slight difference between the cameras, such as a lower quality sensor and a poor battery life, it still keeps up with its competitors.
4) Nikon D3400
Though this product is an older model, it still does well in our eyes. Currently bumped down by the new D3500 model, this camera holds its own with a range of features that are perfect for the novice user while still giving the the creative capacity to expand their skills! Full HD video, 5 fps and a slightly smaller body this is a great option for something a little lower in price, if you don’t mind not having the latest model.
As one of the cheaper camera’s on the market, this camera is a fantastic choice for your child to start learning the tricks of the trade. Starting here is a smart choice with automatic, scenic and manual modes available as your most basic camera features. However, many find the screen and viewfinder of poor quality. With lower quality than the camera listed above, this full kit is an option for your child to test out photography without full investing.
Price: $599.99 (Full Lens Kit)
6) Nikon D7500
This compact body is a terrific next step for any teen once their skills grow past the beginner camera. With a tilt touch screen, point auto focus system, 4K video and a shooting speed of 8 frames per second, it is great for any high action sport your child may get into. If you find this camera too expensive and don’t mind a slightly lower quality body take a look into the 7200. This camera is an amazing stepping stone for any teen seriously interested in growing their photography skills and possibly becoming a professional in the industry.
This camera body is fast and effective, with a 45-point autofocusing system and quick display shooting it is a great camera for your action packed teen. Able of capturing detail in low lit situations while keeping the nose control is key for improving images and one of the main issues photographers will upgrade to a new body. For a great enthusiast, this is an investment in camera equipment but you will love the quality of your child’s photographs that will improve drastically.
This camera is an updated version of the K-3 and the innovative Pixel Shift Mode reinventing image sensors to stabilize your image. With an outstanding 8.3 frames per second shooting speed, your child won’t be able to miss any moment. As every camera has its flaws, some tend to find the autofocus being slow and many users resulting to manual focus.
Fujifilm’s insanely popular instant camera is always a great gift option! There’s a colour for everyone. This an especially great gift for teenagers as these make for a lot of fun times spent with friends. If someone you know already has the Instax Mini, why not look into getting them a colourful, protective carrying case or some fun film?
10) GoPro HERO7
Do you know a photographer who’s always on the go? Due to its small and portable design, GoPro is a great gift for a travel photographer! It can help to record video footage AND take photos while on a trip. The GoPro HERO7 is waterproof and even voice-controlled! Your photographer friend can have it strapped to themselves and say “GoPro, take photo” to capture moments without using their hands at all.