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|Posted: 7/2/2012 10:34:32 PM|
Plz excuse me for intruding, I can usually be found on the GS board. But I'm hoping someone here can help. I'm looking for a super easy digi camera for my mom. She is not techno by any means, she has a hard time with the internet so I want something super easy and user friendly.
Any suggestions are greatly appreciated. I am thinking 10 optical zoom would be nice too.
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|Posted: 7/3/2012 7:30:51 AM|
When people ask for a super easy user friendly camera for older family my assumption is they are looking for a one button (shutter button) camera like was common from 1930-1980s. They simply don't exist any more.
All of the digital cameras are going to have multiple buttons, menus and an array of optional functions that is mind boggle. The best thing to do for her is take her to a place where she can look at cameras and find on that makes sense to her.
My parents have a small sony (no idea what the model is) Dad likes it because it fits easily in a shirt pocket. OTOH, my parents are fairly tech savy for their generation (they are in their 70s)
|Posted: 7/3/2012 6:15:55 PM|
When I got my first digital camera I was not very techie (is that a word?) and I got a Kodak. I LOVED that little camera, my next camera was a Canon. Don't remember the numbers on either of them but they were both super easy to learn and work. Loved them both.
|Posted: 7/5/2012 1:56:22 PM|True, most of the digital cameras are fairly complex. However most can be made simple by simply having the user keep the camera on "auto."
I have an older version of this camera:
Canon to use as a point and shoot when I don't want to carry around a lot of equipment.
Pros - it has the zoom you want. You can set it on "auto" and get a decent photo in many situations. There are plenty of other settings that allow more creativity as the person becomes more comfortable with it.
Another big pro is that it uses AA batteries. They are easy to find, and for the casual photographer, using standard batteries is a big plus.
Cons - It uses AA batteries! Like water! But I purchase the rechargeables and have several sets that I use with a standard charger. And I can throw in extra AA batteries in a pinch. No need to plan ahead and spend hours charging a $40 battery as some cameras require. And no fears of my one expensive battery going dead right when I want to take photos because AA batteries are at about every corner store in the country.
Another con - you didn't mention the age of your mom. For many people, myself included, it is often easier to use a viewfinder and this camera doesn't have one. Outside in bright light it is also somewhat hard to see exactly what you are getting in the photo. If your mom is at the bifocal stage of life, you might want to consider a camera with a viewfinder. But for the price and convenience, I've been able to adjust to not having a viewfinder.
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|Posted: 7/6/2012 6:26:37 AM|
I just got a Panasonic Lumix for an older friend. She is not computer savvy or techie, by any means, and has found it very user friendly. They have a ton of models so check Amazon. Her's was 189.
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|Posted: 7/6/2012 1:49:07 PM|
The Sony Cybershots have an "easy" mode - less menu choices and larger text/icons.
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|Posted: 7/7/2012 2:13:52 PM|My Mom is 75 and not tech savvy at all. ( She once bought a orange iMac (TN Vol fan) and I spent a week at her house working with her, teaching her how to use it. Left, went home, she called and asked me if I could check her email from my computer. I read her the emails and then she asked me if I could print them off and mail them to her. lol. Not the way I envisioned her getting email when I set it up for her. The computer will one day be worth a lot of money because it will remain in perfectly new condition, as she has not had it on since I left after her training week) She has a Canon Digital Elph and uses it all of the time with no problem. She was able to figure it out all on her own, so I think that it might be a good choice for your Mom.
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