I'm looking for an iPhoto friendly digital camera (I know most are) that is very simple to use - ie Mother friendly.
I'm pretty much lost on what to look for in a camera, but here's what I've gathered so far.
1) 3.0 MPxl is probably a minimum for quality. 4.0+ is better.
2) Optical zoom is better than any digital zoom. 3x is recommended for most. Is zoom really ever needed though?
Does anyone have advice on what to look for in terms of:
1) Memory - there are millions of manufacturers, specs, etc. Any advice? She'll only ever use the USB cord to shuttle the pictures over. In your experience, what would be a good size to hold the pictures on her camera between downloads?
2) Recovery time between shots - is this important?
3) Battery - are rechargeables best?
4) USB - are there USB 2.0 cameras?
5) Are there any hidden issues I should be aware of?
I'd love to hear some recommendations of specific models
My mother's friend was in town and took some pictures on an old 35mm. I'm so familiar with people emailing digital shots, that the incredible quality of the 35mm shots surprised me. I'm now under the strong belief that either my friends can't properly use their digital cameras (most likely) or their cameras suck. I just want to make sure we don't buy a $300 nightmare.
Get as much memory as affordable. 256 is great. Make sure the setting are on the largest size and the best definition for photos.
4 MPixels is a good minimum for 8X10's in my experience.
My mother (early 60's) has a Kodak Easyshare 5 MPixel camera that is very easy to use. I would recommend it if I knew the model number. Most of the features are very straitfoward for her to use (on, point and shoot, download to computer through iPhoto etc.).
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You can get a Sony cybershot dsc-72 for under $300 at most big box stores. 3.2 MP although the new one is 4.0 I think. 128M card for about $80-$100 and the Sony's come with recharger and batteries [img]smile.gif[/img]
I've been very hapy with the camera and it works great on OSX and Windows (ie seamless transfers). Personally, I think iPhoto (and the rest of iLife for that matter) sucks big time, so I just use it as a removeable drive and manually copy my photo's and use Photoshop Elements to edit.
Stay away from Kodak and Fuji - I had terrible results with the Kodak and my parents (in their 70's) had nothing but troubles with the Fuji - they switched to a CyberShot.
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Also see epinions.com to balance the pro reviews with consumer reviews.
I'd by one of the Canon Powershot's, in your situation, as I would for myself. Currently I have a Nikon Coolpix 4500 which straddles the "prosumer" line while a couple family members have different Canon's (S45?) and I find their pictures as good or better than mine with less fuss.
I haven't seen anything from a Sony digital, so can't say. But some of them have Carl Zeiss lenses, and that is a VERY good thing.
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