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Old Dec 17, 2010, 7:49 PM   #1
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My Dad wants a camera and it needs to be one rather simple to operate. The more intuitive the better. He's a smart man, just doesn't grasp the new computerized stuff.

He needs it to take regular photos, and then photos of tools and closeups of part of them (good macro).

Zoom is not real important. He doesn't care about movies, tho if a camera can do that maybe he could learn to like? But not a priority.

Size is not an issue unless it is too small to hold.

Doesn't Canon have the different shooting modes that make it easy? My Dad mentioned the Canon PowerShot A495. Any thoughts on this?

I know there are elphs and all kinds of things. I'd say he probably doesn't want to pay more than $150, or less.

Thanks for your thoughts.
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The Canon SD1300 (an Elph), the A3100, and the A495 are good choices. Though, the A495 does not have IS, but does have very good image quality.

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Old Dec 19, 2010, 1:45 AM   #3
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So this model without IS you'd say as good as the other two? And about the same features?

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Old Dec 19, 2010, 6:44 AM   #4
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Clemma there's no way I would buy a 90 year young man a camera without Image Stabilisation...

Sarah isn't one of the Kodaks you are using perfect for him? They are very user friendly and actually I was impressed by the quality photos Sarah had taken...and the price was like $99 or close?
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You are correct, Cole-

The Kodak Z915 is the camera in question. It sells for around $100, has IS, 10X optical zoom, a good built-in flash, and a standard (480 X 640 pixel) video.

Here is a photo sample from the Z915:

http://anchorse.smugmug.com/Other/Ko...3_4d78p-XL.jpg

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That is probably the best bang for the buck out there! That photo is outstanding Sarah...can't go wrong with that for Christmas!
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Is the Kodak as easy to use as the Canon, tho? I know Canon's are pretty intuitive and make choosing the "mode" easy. What about the Kodak?
I agree IS is important, but if he can't figure it out then nothing will matter...... <sigh>......
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I did a quick look-see at the Kodak, and it seems a lot more complicated than the Canon, yes? It has the PASM, for one. And it has a l0 x zoom he won't need. And I gather it costs more?

IS would be nice, but he could also get a little tripod. And he's not that shaky for 90! So what do you think?

I want a camera that is intuitive for him (let's hope his intuition is good!) above all else. Obviously image quality is the next important thing. But simple, simple, simple....
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Clemma I don't know about the Auto Mode, but I am sure it has one...Sarah could help you I am sure...but from what I see he can just select the shooting modes below on the Control Dial and shoot away!

From whats available in the specs:
Multiple scene modes
  • Portrait modes—portrait, night portrait, backlight, self
  • Landscape modes—landscape, night landscape, fireworks, sunset
  • Bright scene modes—sport, beach, snow
  • Action modes—sport, children, stage

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Ok, Clemma-

Canon it is! How about the A3100, it is $99.00 at www.walmart.com

or

The Canon SD1300, Staples has it at $109.99, and www.walmart.com has it at $109.00.

Both have received good reviews. I will check back in two to three hours to see your response.

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