If you are looking for an affordable digital camera for your teen, there are a few things you should take into consideration before making that purchase. You can find a large assortment of cameras to choose from at stores like RadioShack or even Computer Geeks online, but which one is right for your teen as well for your budget? Below are some helpful tips to save you money and to help you find the perfect digital camera for your teen.


There are so many digital cameras on the market and each have their own long list of features. You should consider what your teen will actually use the camera for and then determine which features you actually need. Some of the features that are important to most teens are the simple ones. Being able to share the photos easily and built in software for easy editing are two of the most popular. Make sure the camera is equipped with an easy USB attachment so your teen can quickly upload the photos to their social network sites or blogs for sharing.

Most cameras are equipped with LCD screens for easy shots and of course for looking back at previous photos, but some are not so be sure the one you buy has an LCD screen for viewing. Timers and video capabilities are other features that might be important to your teen, but chances are having a world clock time stamp built in is not, so just look for the features that are going to matter to your child. Basically if your teen does not spend a lot of time scuba diving, chances are a waterproof feature will be unnecessary.

Quality and Durability

The quality of the camera is important as well as the durability. Your teen will most likely have this camera with him at all times and this means that it will have to endure some rough treatment. The best way to offer protection to the camera is to make sure it has a carrying case and a wrist strap to prevent drops.


Always purchase the warranty when buying any electronics for a teen. With the amount of usage that the camera will receive and the treatment it will receive, it is always a good idea to protect yourself with a good warranty. Most warranties will not cover lost or stolen cameras, but they will cover things like internal batteries, lens damage and other malfunctions.

Resolution and Zoom

The higher the resolution, the better quality the picture. When you are trying to determine which camera fits your teen’s needs the most, just try to look for the highest resolution with the best price. Zoom features are important but in most instances, a 2x or 3x zoom is plenty for amateur photos. If your teen is considering a career in photography, then you might want to shell out the extra bucks for a more professional quality camera with a higher resolution and more zoom options.