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Old Nov 25, 2006, 7:39 AM   #1
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I'm trying to buy my in-laws their very first digital camera and need some adivce. I would like to buy something under $200, 5MP or above, 2.0+LCD (their vision will only get worse), still with a traditional viewfinder (in case they still want to hold it up to their eye), and is easy to use. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.

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I went through the same process about six months ago. Our final decision/meeting of all minds concernedwas the Kodak C-533. It is 5mp, 3X optical zoom, simple, and easy to use. It is selling for about $125.

The in-laws have been very happy campers with the camera, its performance, and their photos. He is 76 and she is 68. I hope that helps.

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Old Nov 25, 2006, 12:24 PM   #3
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The Kodaks would be a good choice for them, with ease of use, but the 533 has a 1.8" screen. It seems really small. You might look at the Canon A540. People here have said it has dropped to below $200. It has a large screen and easy to use also. The menu system is not the easiest for a newbie of cameras and that is where the Kodaks come in with very layman terms and explanations of everything in the camera.
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Simplicity and minimizing the confusion were the primary reasons for choosing the Kodak C-533. Yes, you are correct that the LCD is 1.8" not 2.0" but that is a very small difference. I also found the camera on sale below $100 which is a further plus.

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Thanks for all of the advice. I agree with both of you. The Kodak cameras seem to be very user-friendly, which make them very attractive options for my 60 and 70+ years old in-laws. I do think a larger screen would be nice, so I'm looking at the Kodak C643 with its 2.4 inch screen. Any thoughts??

As a side note, I'm a Canon fan, so if the gift was for anyone else, I would stick with Canon.
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That is a good choice. It is $159 with a FREE 1gb SD chip, and FREE 2 day shipping at www.kodak.com.

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