point & shoot digicam for elderly, vision-impaired technophobe.

Discussion in 'Mirrorless Digital Cameras' started by elisabeth_g, Jul 1, 2006.

  1. I'm looking for a point-and shoot for my 86yr-old mother to take 'snaps' of family, pets, plants etc. She
    has impaired vision so a large LCD screen is a necessity. Simplicity of use is vital too, as she wouldn't
    use complicated menus. The Samsung Digimax S500 has a whopping 2.4inch LCD which is very
    appealing, as is the apparent ease of use. I would welcome feedback from anyone who knows this
    camera or who can suggest something else more suitable. Thank you.
  2. Elisabeth,

    We just went through almost exactly the same sort of question in the last week or so.

    Zachary Binks finally bought his mother a Canon A700 and many of us thought that it was the best choice for his mother. The next two links will supply you the history.



    I'm fairly sure this will help you.

  3. Elisabeth,

    The Panasonic DMC-FX7 has a very large 2.5" Diagonal Polycrystalline TFT LCD, image stabilisation (if your mom has trouble with hand-shake, this would probably take care of those blurry images) & is extremely light and small (some say, too small). I have bought one for my dad and he's quite pleased with it.
  4. Bear in mind that if you get a camera with an electronic viewfinder this will have 'dioptre adjustment' which permits folk in impaired sight to see through they clearly. Unless vision is extremely impaired when just pointing the camera in the direction of the subject is probably the best idea.

    All cameras have 'Programme' or 'Auto' modes which can be used to let the camera do everything except press the trigger for those who cannot be bothered with the technicalities. The important thing to explain about these automatic cameras is that they have a 'two pressure trigger'. For best results it is important to take 'half trigger' and wait until the camera gives the AOK signal, could be a little ball in the viewfinder or a light on the back of the camera, before completing full pressure for the picture.
  5. Thanks, CHUCK C, D.ARE and JC for your responses to my question. I should have
    mentioned my price constraints but didn't as I hadn't done the price conversion from NZ$.
    I do need something under US$160 which unfortunately rules out the Canon A700.
    She doesn't have any hand-shake but finds the view-finder difficult on account of bulky,
    dark-tinted spectacles so the large LCD is the way to go.
    I would still like to hear from someone who is familiar with the Samsung Digimax S500 as I
    have one on my Trade Me watchlist closing tomorrow night. The price is right and the big
    screen appealing but I don't know anything about Samsung cameras. I myself have a
    Canon Powershot A610 which I like, but of course is not suitable for Mum.
  6. look for something with an anti shake system built in. And a big screen.
  7. Yes, the big screen is what I want. She doesn't have any hand-shake at all so that's not an
    issue. The problem is that I haven't found anything with the big LCD screen & ease of use
    in my price bracket. Nobody has replied with info about the Samsung which is a pity
    because it sounds quite good and the auction closes in 14 hrs. I might just have to take a
    chance on it but I would rather go with some good advice on a product somebody has had
    experience with.
  8. She doesn't have any hand-shake at all so that's not an issue. ... >>
    Actually, all of us have it -- young and old alike, and some folks more than others -- and it's a key reason why certain of our photos suffer from unwanted blur.
    I agree with the recommendation to consider either "image stabilization" (or "anti-shake"), which helps to reduce the appearance of blur caused not by moving subjects, but by our own unsteady hands. Unfortunately, the feature may well take you to a higher price range, and that's a call you need to make.
  9. Yes, I agree with you Michael, that it is an issue for us all, but her photos using a film P&S
    have always been without undue blur so we are not worrying about that aspect. It would
    be nice, of course, to have image stabilisation but my priorities are just to do with the
    price, the size of the LCD and the general ease of use. More specifically I had hoped to
    hear more about which cameras in particular might be suitable. There is a deafening
    silence re the Samsung -maybe it's not available over there. It is quite popular here in
  10. Samsung Digimax S500 Hello! -anyone recognise this digicam?
  11. Elizabeth,

    This is what I could find.


    "2.5" Colour TFT LCD 230,000 pixels"

    Large LCD w/ a decent pixel count.

    Good Luck,

    Don E
  12. Yes! Thanks a million, Don! The Digimax i6 looks very interesting and I'm going to check
    out the price right now. Also, thanks for the link to dpreview.com -very useful.

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