Suggestions for a easy but high quality camera for an older parent

Discussion in 'Digital Point & Shoot Camera' started by Benjamin Slade, Jun 9, 2005.

  1. My father has been doing photography since the 40's, but he's getting
    older and not quite as good with camera equipment as he used to be.

    He wants to try using a digital camera, so I want to find one that's:
    * relatively high quality
    * pretty small.
    * has a fast turn on & recycle time
    * has a fast response when the button is pressed
    * has a large screen
    * has a good wide angle end of the zoom (very important IMHO)
    * and most of all, is easy to use

    Hmmm, although I said small, I'm now thinking larger would actually be
    easier to handle, as long as it's not significantly heavier.

    I loaned him my Nikon 5700, but the "change the flash" button is right
    next to the "change the resolution" button and his trembly fingers kept
    hitting the wrong button (giving him a long recycle time because the
    camera kept saving huge .tiff files). So the Nikon 5700 is out (and
    it's descendants too).

    I'm looking at the Nikon Coolpix 8400. Any comments? Good wide angle
    and it has the guaranteed automatic green setting on it's dial, but
    looking at the specs online, I don't see any numbers about button press
    reaction time and/or shot to shot recycle time.

    Any other camera suggestions?

    Ben in DC
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    Benjamin Slade, Jun 9, 2005
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  2. Benjamin Slade wrote:
    If he wants the longer zoom of the 5700 but without the button problems,
    you might want to look at the Panasoniz FZ5 which has image stabilisation
    (might help with more trembly hands), and is quite a bit smaller than the
    5700. It has a "green" setting on its dial too (actually a little heart
    symbol)! Nikon also offer the 8800 where the controls have been moved.

    The 8400 is one of the fastest P&S cameras I've used - it has an extra
    focus sensor which makes it noticeably faster in operation.

    By the way, this conversation is more suited to the ZLR group which deals
    with full-control SLR-like cameras. I've set follow-ups to:

    David J Taylor, Jun 9, 2005
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  3. Benjamin Slade

    Whiskers Guest

    This one may fall down on 'shutter lag', and if by 'good wide angle' you
    mean 'very wide' then it certainly falls short (or not short enough, to be
    pedantic), but the Samsung Digimax V700 is worth looking at, in my opinion.
    I've been very favourably impressed by the handling and results of mine,
    since I got it a few weeks ago. Reviews like this
    <> helped persuade me.

    As a long-time Leica-M enthusiast, I find the handling is fairly
    comfortable and the controls easy to understand. The direct optical
    viewfinder is usable, but rather small. I also find that it shows
    significantly less than the area that will appear in the photo, but that
    may be because I wear spectacles; someone who can manage without specs
    might find the viewfinder more accurate.

    The V700 is easily pocketable, but the controls don't feel cramped to me.

    You will, of course, need to buy a larger SD card than the one supplied.
    Whiskers, Jun 9, 2005
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