What camera to buy mother ?

Discussion in 'Digital Point & Shoot Camera' started by Q, Jan 3, 2006.

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    Q Guest

    I'd recommend a Canon A610 or A620. My daughter has had excellent
    results using the automatic mode, but there are lots of other options if
    she wants to use them.

    Q
     
    Q, Jan 3, 2006
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    Jon Mitchell Guest

    I shoot on a Canon Dslr and now my mother is screaming for a digital camera.

    It should be small, easy to use, not too many buttons.

    She doesn't have a computer yet, but may buy a laptop in the future.

    What camera would you suggest she buy and why.


    Many Thanks in advance for your help




    Jon Mitchell

    Elstree, UK Based Focus Puller
     
    Jon Mitchell, Jan 4, 2006
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    Peter Chant Guest

    Not intended to be a troll. How adept is she with a PC and with electronic
    gadgets in general? Is she used to navigating menus?

    I mistakenly got a digital camera for my parents and my brother and myself,
    neither of us living at home, have to download the pictures to the computer
    for them. If they need printing I have to print them for them.

    She may be better of with a film compact if she is not that computer savvy
    as I never had this sort of issue when my parents simply took the film to
    the local shop for processing.

    Also note that film plus processing is not dearer than having to throw out
    almost unused ink cartridges that have dried up.
     
    Peter Chant, Jan 14, 2006
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    MartinS Guest

    After I've edited my digital photos on the computer, I copy them back to
    a memory card (or I could use a CD-RW) and take it over to Wal-Mart. You
    have to stick the card in one of their computers and select your photos
    for printing - rudimentary cropping and editing is also available. I get
    long-lasting 4x6 prints on Kodak paper in 1 hour for CAD 0.24 + tax, or
    about 13p each; same price for prints from negatives.
     
    MartinS, Jan 15, 2006
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    Peter Chant Guest

    Yes, you can get good deals here by doing that. However, if Jon's mother
    is not that familiar with computer technmology is he happy doing that for
    her?
     
    Peter Chant, Jan 15, 2006
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    MartinS Guest

    It is intimidating for some. I'm sure there are specialist photofinishers
    who will help you select the prints you want, at a little higher price.
     
    MartinS, Jan 16, 2006
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    Peter Chant Guest

    MartinS wrote:
    ng that for her?
    Yes, but will they take the photos as well!

    It must be something to do with having children, my mums slides taken on an
    AGFA from the 60's are great, and she had to estimate the correct exposures!
     
    Peter Chant, Jan 16, 2006
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    MartinS Guest

    Slide film has a lot of latitude and is (relatively) expensive.

    Digital photos can be enhanced afterwards but, yes, it takes technical
    ability. Digital cameras can take photos in quick succession (e.g. of
    kids); you can pick out the good ones and junk the rest for no cost.

    Still, they're not for everybody.
     
    MartinS, Jan 16, 2006
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    Peter Chant Guest

    Not a lot of latitude but I agree on the expesive.
    Yes, unfortunately. Ideally they need one that works like my old P&S
    Minolta film camera. To turn it on you slide the protective shutter away
    from the lens. You press the red button. There are no other controls.

    But still someone would put the strap or thumb over something important.
     
    Peter Chant, Jan 17, 2006
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  10. Get her a point and shoot but sign her up for photo and computer classes.

    One consideration is the size of the memory cards and connectors to
    attach the camera to the computer.

    Some people get it and some don't age is not the issue.

    Depending on her living situation a laptop may be a good idea or a bad
    idea. A laptop is real easy to steal and break.
     
    william kossack, Mar 21, 2006
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