Which P&S for older parents?
Hi People,.

I want to buy my parents a nice camera instead of the FILM (!) one they are using..

They are not tech savvy, I want something simple that can just take great pictures, has simple interface, requires no special drivers, works well with Picasa and has reasonable battery life..

It DOESN'T have to have the biggest pixel amount, 6MP is fine and ideally it shouldn't cost more than 100. The camera I'm using and am extremely happy with is the Fuji F30, but I'm more tech savvy (its not the greatest interface and it costs more than 100..

Please share your thoughts,most of the sub 100 don't get reviewed here at all..

Here are some models I found, what would you suggest?.

Samsung S760Fuji FINEPIX A820Sony S730POWERSHOT A470Casio EXILIM Zoom EX-Z9Sony DSCS730 7.2MPNikon COOLPIX P50Fuji FINEPIX J10Nikon Coolpix s210Sony w120 7mpFuji FINEPIX Z10FDFuji Finepix J50.


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Not on your list but I'm constantly amazed by how well the images from my Canon A720is turn out. This is the trusty backup to my XTi but on many occasion the images from the little bugger have more of a wow factor than my dslr. Price is relatively low, I think I picked mine up at a Target store as an impulse buy for 179 USD or so. Takes standard SD card and the image stabilization really helps out on the lighter weight cameras. Anyway just my 2.5cents worth...

Comment #1

From your list the Canon A470 or Casio Z9. Kodak can also be a good choice in this case because they can recharge with a docking unit. No need for the elderly fingers to struggle with pulling batteries in and out. However, those docking units are not dirt cheap, camera price plus docking unit would likely exceed your limit..

Kelly Cook..

Comment #2

Older folks usually need a camera with decent sized buttons, which eliminates the ultracompacts..

I recommend the Canon A470 or A580, the Nikon P50, and the Fuji A820, A900 or A920...

Comment #3


After futher research I arroved at teh conclusion that the camera must have Face detection and Image Stabilaisation and this really help amatures achive good pictuers..

The main options are the Canon A590is and the Fuji FinePix F50fd - both are just around 100 and I lean towards the Fuji because it comes with a built in rechargabale battery..

Which woudl you recomend and why?.


Comment #4

Been there. I would pick A590 IS or another similar Canon. See thread;


Comment #5

I agree with sphexx. The Canon is just a lot easier to master. I've got the Fuji F45fd, which has proven itself to be very capable. But also quirky, really should be considered an advanced camera, not for the casual novice..

Kelly Cook..

Comment #6

Personally I'd opt for the 720IS that your first responder recommended. One of of my correspondents bought one and it's producing fabulous results. That being said, Fuji lost some of it's luster in the high ISO department after the F31fd..

Canon, in my mind, is clearly the front-runner in useful point-and-shoot cameras. Given that pedigree (and the fact that it's a minor tweak of another successful Canon camera) go with the 590IS..

'Nice pen, bet you write good stories with it.'..

Comment #7

OK so it comes down to a show down between thw Panasonic Lumix DMC-LZ8 and the Cannon A720IS..

I really like all I hear about the canon except that the red-eye removal function is not automatic and need to be activated in playback mode - not sure older parents will do that. On the other have then Lumix doesn't even have that..

What do you suggest?.


Comment #8

TB303 wrote:.

OK so it comes down to a show down between thw Panasonic LumixDMC-LZ8 and the Cannon A720IS..

I really like all I hear about the canon except that the red-eyeremoval function is not automatic and need to be activated inplayback mode - not sure older parents will do that. On the otherhave then Lumix doesn't even have that..

What do you suggest?.

One thing I would say is that Panasonics have the best/simplest menus to understand - could be important for older user..

Have you considered the Panasonic TZ5 as well, with it's long zoom? Maybe they don't need that though..



Comment #9

Ok it is not the latest model, but they are now quite cheap, and work very well, I use mine as a shirt pocket backup to my Nikon D80, and have always liked it as it has some really cool features, read review here..


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