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Digital camera questions #2723590
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My 83 year old mom needs a new camera. She is not into hi tech things, no smart phone and doesn't want anything to do with one. She doesn't use a camera much, just special occasions. I am looking for some feedback on a decent digital camera for under $200. Needs to be just an easy point and shoot camera that don't have a bunch of confusing settings that have to be used. I've looked at the reviews, but nothing stands out. What are you using that you are happy with?.

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Re: Digital camera questions [Re: mopar4ya] #2723610
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I really like my Sony DSC-W830. Amazon has some nice bundles with it. We picked it up at Target a year or so ago.

I still use the DSLR more than the point and shoot, but I like having both.

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IMO, for her age and expertise, and requiring "decent", spending anything over $80 will be completely be counterproductive, forget $200 ,unless you want to frustrate her..

Your main concerns are IMO built in flash, low light capability would be nice, anti shake, and I would bypass any zoom features. If she takes to it, spend the $120 you saved on an upgrade.

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Re: Digital camera questions [Re: jcc] #2723655
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Originally Posted by jcc
IMO, for her age and expertise, and requiring "decent", spending anything over $80 will be completely be counterproductive, forget $200 ,unless you want to frustrate her..
You are a good son. up.


... up do a search for "$100 point and shoot camera".. We have a SONY and a FUJI, both are solid, easy "go to" cameras.
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Re: Digital camera questions [Re: mopar4ya] #2723663
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My wife has a little Panasonic that I bought for her maybe 11 years ago. Still works great and survived a fall onto the pavement during a horseback ride in Egypt. Probably time to update it, but now she uses her phone for almost everything.

Re: Digital camera questions [Re: 71charger] #2723668
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I have been using Canon pocket cameras for years, and like them a lot.
This question is a good example of why the demise of brick and mortar stores is sad. Your best bet would be to into a camera store if any still exist anywhere near you, and see them in person. You want to find one that is not too small and has the least amount of buttons and multifunction switches as possible, to make it easier for an elderly person to handle and use. Getting a feel seeing and touching actual cameras is what would be best rather than trying to determine by looking at pictures and descriptions online.
My current Canon pocket camera is a bit small even for me, I find myself fumbling with it sometimes when I pull it out of my pocket to take a picture at a car show or something. I’ve learned to be diligent about using the wrist strap because I’ve had it slip out of my hand from time to time and the strap saved it from falling on the pavement or floor.
A good size screen on the back to use for previewing shots and looking at pictures she just took to make sure she’s satisfied with the shot is another thing I’d look closely at as you shop.

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The easiest camera I ever used was a Kodak easy share but it took small pics,video but this was over 10yrs ago so maybe it got better


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Re: Digital camera questions [Re: Clanton] #2723685
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I've bee very happy with Cannon Powershot cameras. Simple, compact inexpensive, and they take great photos. twocents

Re: Digital camera questions [Re: Ramrod39] #2723698
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When I want something to carry in my pocket instead of hauling the DSLR around I grab my Canon A1300 Powershot. I've had it for years and it's been trouble free.
16MP, optical viewfinder and LCD screen, zoom, built in flash, and it runs on two AA batteries, easily replaced. While small, it's big enough to have something to hang onto.
Had it for years, I don't know what their current model version is of it. Good little camera.

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Originally Posted by Clanton
The easiest camera I ever used was a Kodak easy share but it took small pics,video but this was over 10yrs ago so maybe it got better


Gave my mom one too, and got her the printer for it. Just put the camera on top of it and print them easy

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Originally Posted by 71charger
My wife has a little Panasonic that I bought for her maybe 11 years ago. Still works great and survived a fall onto the pavement during a horseback ride in Egypt. Probably time to update it, but now she uses her phone for almost everything.


I thought they called them things camels over there... grin

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Consider one that uses either rechargable or over the counter aaa or aa batteries.
very disheartening to be at an event with no way to operate a camera.

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Thanks for all the input. It would be great if there was a camera shop still around, but there all long gone. Does anyone have a Sony DSC W830 or a Canon ELPH 180 that could give me any feedback ?

Thanks!

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Originally Posted by mopar4ya
Thanks for all the input. It would be great if there was a camera shop still around, but there all long gone. Does anyone have a Sony DSC W830 or a Canon ELPH 180 that could give me any feedback ?

Thanks!


Yes, read my first reply...

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Originally Posted by Jim_Lusk
Originally Posted by mopar4ya
Thanks for all the input. It would be great if there was a camera shop still around, but there all long gone. Does anyone have a Sony DSC W830 or a Canon ELPH 180 that could give me any feedback ?

Thanks!


Yes, read my first reply...


My bad !

Thanks.

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You might look at e.bay for an older model. What I learned when buying a Samsung point and shhot 4 years ago, is that a VIEWFINDER is good to have. My camera does not have one. Just like my phone screen, I cannot see it in daylight outside. Guess that is why it is called point and shoot. You can not see what will be in the picture. She should get one with viefinder.
Another thing, the print on buttons are very small. On the white model in the store, I could read button function. Black lettters on white background. I bought the red model and cannot read buttons.
Be sure she can see the screen outdoors or make sure it has the view finder, that is what we used to look thru before screens


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when i was looking for a digital camera several years back, i saw a nice cannon model in the local walmart, and got to inspect it up close.
it has a rechargeable little square battery, and a removable card thing that has the pics on, plus a zoom feature that is easy to use and works great.
i was able to get a super deal on line, so since i knew what it was like, i bought it.
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Originally Posted by moparx
when i was looking for a digital camera several years back, i saw a nice cannon model in the local walmart, and got to inspect it up close.
it has a rechargeable little square battery, and a removable card thing that has the pics on, plus a zoom feature that is easy to use and works great.
i was able to get a super deal on line, so since i knew what it was like, i bought it.
beer


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Re: Digital camera questions [Re: Clanton] #2724644
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Pretty much any camera will work decently and be good for what you want. They all have auto mode so as long as you don't take it off that you're good to go. Just find one that doesn't have a lot of controls. My mom used to be a professional in the film days but never got onto digital ones. She has a Panasonic point and shoot and we gave her a Canon DSLR but she pretty much always leaves them in auto mode.

Originally Posted by Clanton
The easiest camera I ever used was a Kodak easy share but it took small pics,video but this was over 10yrs ago so maybe it got better


Our first digital camera was an easy share. I got a newer pocket size one several years later for Christmas and still have it. They worked as good as any other camera. Kodak doesn't make them anymore.

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