Best point & shoot for 75 year old under $150

Discussion in '35mm Cameras' started by Bilbo_Baggins, Dec 8, 2003.

  1. We are wanting to get mom and dad (75 & 80) a new camera. I think a
    point and shoot is what would be best for them. They definitely don't
    need anything complicated. It would probably be used for family
    gathering's and thats about it. We'd like to stay at $150 or below.
    I've seen the Olympus Stylus Epic QD mentioned .... several versions
    which one? any other cameras would you recommend? TIA
    Bilbo_Baggins, Dec 8, 2003
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    stacey Guest

    Depends on how much they like to fiddle with stuff. I bought my Mom the
    fixed focal length stylus 35mm f2.8. It focuses really close if needed,
    won't take the shot if they are too close and has one button, the shutter
    and is about as small as a 35mm camera can get. I think even a zoom control
    would be more than they'd want to deal with! They aren't real interested
    dealing with the "newfangled" kinda stuff! :)

    BTW this camera takes REALLY good pictures, has a fast lens and does a great
    job as a P&S.
    stacey, Dec 8, 2003
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    Matt Clara Guest

    You might want to ask, first, unless they've already indicated they'd like
    one. I almost bought my (now) 87 year old grandpa an FM3a when it came out.
    I asked him if he'd like a camera, and he said, "What the hell do I want to
    take pictures for, I'll never get a chance to look at them!"
    Matt Clara, Dec 8, 2003
  4. Generally I would recommend the largest one. Most of us as we get older
    loose some of that fine muscle control. A larger camera makes it easier to
    use and control.
    Joseph Meehan, Dec 8, 2003
  5. Ok as stated, my mom and dad will be using this primarily for family
    gatherings and that "now say cheese" shot (80% of the time). They
    will use it about 6-10 a year is my thinking. AT 75 they can barley
    get the VCR to record, so they do not like to fiddle with things to
    much and aren't real technical. I rather have them have a P&S that
    would get a very good for the money family gathering picture 90% of
    the time and may not be quite so flexiable, but hey if the OSE with
    zoom can do it fine, but from what I have read, the raves seem to come
    from the fixed lens version. So someone correct me, but I quess I
    should get the OSE CG QD at Amazon or the black model at B&H. I hear
    if I consider a zoom then it should be the Olympus Stylus 80 QD. Any
    more input/guidance would be appreciated.
    Bilbo_Baggins, Dec 9, 2003
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    billfrogg Guest

    Hi, I'm going on 74 and my favorite everyday camera is a little
    rollei35 the size of a pack of cigs. It is simple,lacking in
    automation, needs the human brain to control it, easy mechanical
    controls not taxing to the neuromuscular coordination. frogg
    billfrogg, Dec 9, 2003
  7. As I said, "generally" Age along is never a perfect method of
    describing someone.

    Interesting, my recommendations for the old (hard to put a year number
    on that, to many people I am old) and the young (generally under 11) is
    about the same.
    Joseph Meehan, Dec 9, 2003
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    stacey Guest

    stacey, Dec 9, 2003
  9. From reading the specs, the only thing I don't like about it is there's no
    exposure compensation, and, with the automatic DX, you can't over/under
    expose intentionally.
    William Graham, Dec 9, 2003
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    stacey Guest

    Again the people he is talking about (and my 82 year old mom) has no idea
    what exposure compensation is nor would they know how to use it or even why
    someone would want to. With color print film, why would anyone use it
    anyway given the exposure latitiude of that film today?

    She can't understand why she would want to turn the flash off for certain
    shots nor would she know how to do it if she wanted to. Just getting a
    non-photographer to understand the need to focus lock on the subject is
    hard enough!
    stacey, Dec 9, 2003
  11. About 20 years ago, my girl friend took a picture of her black Belgian
    Shepard with an open window in the background. She was using a little
    clam-shell type Olympus. The picture came out exposed for the scene outside
    the window, and her dog had no discernable features at all. - I showed her
    how to lie to the camera and tell it that the film was slower so it would
    overexpose the shot and bring out the dogs details. Even though she had no
    photographic experience at all, she was able to take much better pictures
    after that with her little point & shoot. But if the camera doesn't even
    have the capability of being lied to, then there is no hope. Even Ansel
    Adams can't expose some scenes correctly without the proper equipment......
    William Graham, Dec 9, 2003
  12. That may work with a girlfriend, but it would not work with mine. She
    only wants a camera that works most of the time and is very happy to ignore
    the few times it will not work well. I got her a little Canon sure shot and
    she still loves it.

    Since the Bilbo took the time to tell us it was a 75 year old, I would
    have to suggest that he was trying to tell us something. Most 75 year olds
    who have not been photographers are not likely to want to learn now. They
    just want the picture.

    Of cause there are exceptions and there are 75 & 80 year olds who are
    just taking up the hobby/art and want more, or are going to want to learn
    more, but they are in the minority. In the under $150 market, I believe you
    are most likely to get the best camera without worrying about trying to find
    one with manual overrides.
    Joseph Meehan, Dec 9, 2003
  13. If this is the U.S. version of a mju II, then I've bought this camera
    for my 75 year old mother just yesterday, after posting with the same
    question on the German photo newsgroup and getting half a dozen
    recommendations for it within hours.

    I've had a closer look at it and I'm quite confident that this is
    exactly what the original poster and I are looking for.

    Ralf R. Radermacher, Dec 9, 2003
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    Jim Harkins Guest

    Gosh-darn, it's good to be in a minority! One of the benefits of
    retiring is that you finally get to learn about (and maybe even DO) a
    lot of things that just didn't fit in a tight schedule before. I think
    you'd be very surprised to find exactly how many of us "geezers" read
    the posts in this newsgroup every day, just to learn from what you
    more experienced people say. We may just lurk, and hardly ever "open
    our keyboards" to talk, but most of us DO want more!
    Jim Harkins, Dec 9, 2003
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    Jim Waggener Guest

    Amen Brother. Even I remember "Sea Biscuit"
    Jim Waggener, Dec 9, 2003
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    stacey Guest

    Be simple to focus lock on something inside the room which also does an
    exposure lock. You're assuming a 75-80 year old person is going to be as
    interested as your girl friend was in learning something new like this or
    even care!
    stacey, Dec 10, 2003
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    stacey Guest

    The difference is you ARE interested in photography, not just a camera to
    make snap shots at family gatherings.
    stacey, Dec 10, 2003
  18. Oh....Well, if the camera has an exposure lock capability, then the problem
    can be circumvented....The little Olympus clamshell camera my lady friend
    had didn't have that capability...Does the camera we were talking about have
    it? - I didn't see that in the specs....If it does, then I would buy it in a
    William Graham, Dec 10, 2003
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    Jim Harkins Guest

    Your point is taken, Stacey - but MY point is that one helluva lot of
    us old lurkers ARE really interested in photography, and not just the
    random snaps; that's why we lurk here with the brains!
    Jim Harkins, Dec 10, 2003
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