Digital Cameras for Seniors

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The instant gratification and ease of sharing photos have made digital cameras popular among all age groups, including seniors.

While many digital cameras are easy to use and relatively inexpensive, those most suitable for older adults include features such as a large LCD display, an easy-to-use auto-zoom and digital image stabilisation.

Fujifilm FinePix Z33WP

The Fujifilm FinePix camera has an ergonomic design with a large grip at the front, making it easy to handle. At more than 10 megapixels, it will take high-quality photos and video. Sharing is easy with its "Blog Mode," which automatically resizes the pictures to an appropriate size for e-mailing. Seniors will benefit from the automatic scene and face recognition features that help focus images, resulting in a crisper picture. The LCD display is 2.7 inches, and owners can submerge this camera in up to 10 feet of water.

Kodak EasyShare C180

As indicated by its name, the Kodak EasyShare camera was designed for ease of use. Seniors may enjoy the face recognition and focusing features that can help them take a better-focused picture. And with 10.2 megapixels, less than perfect pictures can be cropped without losing picture quality. The camera's 3X optical aspheric zoom lens and 5x digital zoom allow you to take a quality photo from very close up or far away. Video is also easy to capture with the Kodak EasyShare, and can be accomplished with nothing more than a click of a switch and a touch of a button. Seniors who don't want to worry about how much space is left on their memory card will also appreciate the camera's 16MB internal memory. Though there are cameras with a larger display than the EasyShare's 2.4 inches, the automatic features and ease of use make this camera a suitable option for older adults.

Canon PowerShot SX130 IS

One of the most attractive senior-friendly features of the Canon PowerShot camera is its oversized LCD display. At 3 inches, even those with poor eyesight should not have much trouble viewing their snapshots. The camera's body is a bit bulky and heavy, but this may be more appealing to older adults than a super-slim compact camera. The PowerShot SX130 has a 12x zoom lens, which means it can take high-quality photos from greater distances. This camera also offers a great deal of creative control through its semi-manual settings, so it would be most suitable for an older adult with some photography experience.