Argus Bean 5.0 Digital Camera
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.