Suggestions for a *simple* point and shoot

Discussion in 'Digital Cameras' started by Dave, Aug 7, 2008.

  1. Dave

    Dave Guest

    Following my questions about where to buy a D3, I now have another issue
    - at the other end of the camera spectrum.

    I'd like to buy my wife, who is retired, a point and shoot camera, but
    she is not at all technical and has a strong dislike of gadgets. Ideally
    I'd like something that flashes when it needs to without her having to
    make a decision if it needs flash.

    I'm looking for something with the least buttons, knobs or other
    controls, so she has less chance of getting into a mess with it. I want
    something quite compact too, but simplicity is more important than size
    or picture quality.

    Suggestions?
     
    Dave, Aug 7, 2008
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  2. Yeah. Boot her out and find yourself a woman who isn't as stupid and
    chronically disinterested in modern life. The new one probably won't be
    so fat either.

    I can't stand women like that, the type who after decades still can't
    use the remote controls or program a video.

    Men are from Mars and SOME women are from Venus, but most are from
    somewhere slightly south of stupid.

    DeeD
     
    Digital Deviate, Aug 7, 2008
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  3. Dave

    ray Guest

    FWIW - my wife still uses her coolpix 2100. She simply points and shoots.
     
    ray, Aug 7, 2008
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  4. FWIW, I would not suggest the cheapest/simplest P&S. Let me give my
    reasoning/experience.

    I have been taking pictures for 45+ years and my wife has showed little
    interest other than to critique. For Christmas 2006, our youngest son,
    bought her a Nikon L6 (~$100). With little help from me she began
    taking pictures with a vengeance and outgrew the camera by June. I
    bought her a Panasonic TZ3 which she has learned to use a little bit at
    a time and is now very interested in photography. She likes the smaller
    size and the 10x zoom and has no interest in my DSLR's. Many of her
    pictures rival (some exceed) mine. The only problem she has, is not
    being able to control the focus accurately and anything requiring fast
    response time.

    Not being technical is not an inhibitor. If she has a desire to take
    pictures, that is all that is needed. Also, be cautious with how you
    offer help. Let her critique her own work and offer suggestions
    reluctantly. My guess is she will surprise you.

    Clair
     
    Clair Johnston, Aug 7, 2008
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  5. Dave

    ray Guest

    What 'work'? It sounds like the woman wants a simple camera to take
    snapshots with!
     
    ray, Aug 7, 2008
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  6. Dave

    Dave Guest

    I don't fancy the hassle of 120 filem. Also, they are quite large. I
    want something compact so she will actually take it out and use it -
    mainly for family snaps.
     
    Dave, Aug 10, 2008
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  7. Dave

    Dave Guest

    That is it.
     
    Dave, Aug 10, 2008
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  8. Dave

    Dave Guest


    The problem is she can tend to fiddle with something and get in a mess.
    I'm sure we have all hit the situation where some electronic gadget gets
    into a mode where its hard to get it back to some sensible settings.
    Auto is fine if you can find it.

    One thing which would help is a camera which defaults to auto if
    switched on, and does *not* remember settings. I'd be a bit annoyed if
    my D3 defaulted to program mode each time I switched it on, but in
    contrast I'd rather the point and shoot did.
     
    Dave, Aug 10, 2008
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