Camera for my Dad

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  1. AaronM

    AaronM News/Review Writer News/Review Writer

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    I'm planning on getting a new camera for my father to replace his 110-based film camera. The one important thing is he's got rather large hands and fingers, so control layout and spacing is important.

    Budget - I'd like to keep to the $250 or under range
    Size - doesn't matter except as pertains to controls

    Features
    * How many megapixels will suffice for you? >8mpix
    * What optical zoom will you need? 3-4x should be fine
    * How important is “image quality” to you? 6
    * Do you care for manual exposure modes (shutter priority, aperture priority, manual)? NO

    General Usage
    * What will you generally use the camera for? family or travel snapshots
    * Will you be making big prints of your photos or not? no
    * Will you be shooting a lot of indoor photos or low light photos? some indoor (grandkids, the like)
    * Will you be shooting sports and/or action photos? probably not

    Miscellaneous
    * Are there particular brands you like or hate? I dislike Nikon's P/S UI...
    * Are there particular models you already have in mind? not yet
    * Do you need any of the following special features? (Wide Angle, Image Stabilization, Weatherproof, Hotshoe, Rotating LCD) IS would be good


    thanks all!
    A
     
  2. Andy Stanton

    Andy Stanton Super Moderator Super Moderator

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    Within your price range I like the Sony WX150 (10x optical zoom), the Panasonic ZS15 (16x optical zoom), the Fuji F660EXR (15x optical zoom) and the Canon Elph 110 HS (5x optical zoom). All are pocket sized (especially the Sony and the Canon), speedy and have very good image quality.
     
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