P&S For Grandma

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    Ptyler22 TPF Noob!

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    So My grandmother wants a new digital camera. I have started reading reviews and specs on some, but I was wondering, what you think, and suggestions you have, and any personal experiences. She wants one that has menus that aren't confusing, and overall easy to use camera. I want to make sure she gets a good one, good Image quality, good high ISO, and a decent zoom. What's the best one for under $300?

    Thanks alot guys, the help is much appreciated!
     
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    Canon SD range, maybe.

    Big clear lcd screen, minimal buttons - but the largest you can find ... those two things will really help her enjoyment, I think.

    If you think those are too small, look at the Fuji offerings or the Canon A series. Lots of choices in that price range.
     
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    There is no such thing as a P&S with good high ISO.


    There are large sensor compacts but by that point you're out of the price range anyway.
     
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    Ya I know seriously right.
    I mean "good" as far as P&S's go.
     
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    Panasonic TZ5, fantastic little point and shoot with an impressive 10 times optical zoom. Rather simple to use, especially in the intelligent auto mode. In your price range. Has decent ISO performance (I still wouldn't go above 800)
     
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    man my canon elph is a great camera....ok well as far as point and shoots go....i say buy her a 5d :D hehe....its point and shoot if u put it in auto mode haha...ok no seriously though i dont know where u live but if u dont mind buying used....u may be able to buy her a dslr like an older rebel or something for the 300 pricetag....try out craigslist.com and look under photo for your area...you may be surprised...i am sometimes good luck...
     
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    I don't know about this guy's grandma, but I don't think grandmas would usually like carrying a DSLR to bingo
     
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    I don't know her age but I suspect an optical viewfinder would be good. I watch older tourists here trying to hold a camera out and compose on the LCD and it's painful to watch. Shaky hands, eyesight going, it all adds up.
     
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    Would she consider using film? When my grandmother asked my advice for a new camera I told her to get an 35mm Olympus Stylus zoom. Hardly any controls to mess with, and there is nothing simpler (and more forgiving of mistakes) than C41 print film dropped off at the lab. High ISO quality will be better than almost any currently available digital point-n-shoot. The only thing it's missing is instant feedback, which admittedly is a lot of fun.

    If she won't use film get her a Canon Powershot or similar Nikon; whichever model fit's your budget. But really they are pretty much all the same.
     
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    I would second that. I just watched Great Grandma at my daughter's birthday party with her digital camera someone got her last year for Christmas. After a year, she was still trying to put it to her eye.

    I guess after 80some years of putting a camera to your eye, it takes a while to get use to an LCD screen.

    Make sure Grandma has some way of viewing and printing the pictures. At 80 years old, the ones who got her the camera didn't think about the fact that she has no computer, no printer, or would be confused going to Walmart to use those machines.

    I'd say just go for a 35mm film point and shoot and skip the digital.
     
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    Haha, ya. My mom is the one buying it for her, but I am the camera guy in the house so I am researching and finding a good one for her, I told my mom that I think a d40 would be the best bet, its a little more, but it's a hell of a lot better than any point and shoot. She was like, uhhhh, nope, way too big and she would never use it. I was so disappointed. They are sooo tiny, after using my 40d, seeing a d40, it looks like a toy, and my 40d isn't even big as far as slr's go.
     
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    Ya she has a film camera now, so that was one thing I though of, was with digital so big now, you can get a really nice film camera for decently cheap
     

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