Argus Bean 5.0 Digital Camera

02/10/2009 at 11:30 AM ET

I love the idea that kids can become interested in photography with something of their own, rather than a hand-me-down adult camera or a “toy” camera.  While appropriate for a toddler, the Argus Bean 5.0 Digital Camera ($60) also speaks to an older child developing an interest in photography. We tested this very durable camera with our four and six year old children, and we were very impressed.

Both kids enjoy using the camera. Our six year old quickly picked up on the various buttons and their usage. He can easily switch between taking pictures and video, and playback mode. Our four year old loves using the camera and she can point and shoot or take videos as long as one of us puts it into the correct mode. The camera handle opens and easily clips onto a backpack strap or belt loop for convenience. The kids have fun performing for one another, taking pictures and videos and watching them on the spot. Pictures are easily downloaded, copied and deleted.

The webcam has good video quality — better than the other two webcams in our house. However most webcams have a stand or mount, this one doesn’t, so we wedged it between the computer monitor and bookcase and that was okay.

Useful features include: LCD screen, flash, zoom, picture review including a delete feature, webcam mode, USB storage mode, and an SD slot for extra memory.

It’s a relief to have the kids use such a lightweight, resilient camera. They continue to get excited about taking pictures and videos. I don’t have to hold my breath waiting for something to break. Overall, we are very happy with this camera.

— Sharon

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Heather on

We got a digital camera for our toddlers for Christmas and they absolutely love it. Maybe it runs in their genes, but they love taking pictures with it. The thing I like about this camera is that it looks user friendly for little hands and durable. The durability factor is key, because they drop the camera all the time. Thanks for this review!

Nicole on

I got this for my 5 yr old this Christmas and she loves it. My husband and I do also. They took it skiing and the pictures are just like our more expensive camera and it even takes movies. So we now have little movies of her skiing. I totally recommond this camera for youngsters that love to take pictures that way the pictures turn out really nice and you get a lot of views of things that you might not have otherwise. Oh.. and the clip is great for clipping on your purse so you dont lose it at events!

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