Need advice for a camera for my mom

Discussion in 'Digital Photography' started by Crawn2003, May 5, 2008.

  1. Crawn2003 macrumors 6502

    Jul 8, 2005
    Santa Rosa, California
    Hello all,

    Kind of a strange request but I need help finding a simple point-and-shoot camera for my mother for Mother's Day.

    Really simple is what I need because she doesn't need advanced features, just something to take photos of her artwork (non-professional) and of scenery around where she lives.

    No preference on make/model. I'd like to keep it under $300 if possible.

    Thanks for any help/advice.

  2. jbernie macrumors 6502a


    Nov 25, 2005
    Denver, CO
    Ok, I can't find the US model name, but both my parents who are in their mid to late 60s are using a "Canon ixus i" without issue, though from checking emails and such it looks like this is a 2 year old model, and it is the Australian model name.

    I would be inclined to say find a model (any brand) with as few buttons as possible required to operate. Depending on how young/old your mother is somethings to keep in mind...
    - smaller buttons can be hard to use
    - smaller buttons can be hard to read/see
    - a good sized screen makes it easier to review the photos
    - find something that you know can fit in her handbag
  3. Phrasikleia macrumors 601


    Feb 24, 2008
    Over there------->
    Yeah, I second the bit about the screen: it should be as large as possible. Older folks really have trouble seeing those little screens, and they tend to use the camera more as a TV than younger people do. They tend not to be so good about taking the photos OFF of the camera and looking at them on a bigger screen. They like to carry the camera around and show people photos right on its screen. I see this all the time.

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