I was able to visit my 78 year old mother recently and asked her why she keeps buying throwaway film cameras and not buy a nice digital camera. Her answer wasn’t a great surprise, with all the advances in cameras and all the features, megapixel this, optical zoom with image stabilization that that it was hard to find out what the best digital camera for seniors was. I was able to help my mother do research on cameras and in the process I came up with different features to take in to account while picking out the best camera for seniors.
I was surprised to find out what isn’t the key feature when finding the best digital camera for seniors. The key features aren’t the number of mega pixels, not the amount of zoom or even the camera size. The key feature in the best camera for seniors is how easy it is to read the dials on the camera.
Next time you are at the store and want to pick out the best digital camera for seniors you’ll notice how pretty and shiny most of them are. With all of this shine comes glare and glare makes it hard to see the dials (even for my 40 year old eyes). So a real shiny camera isn’t the best camera for seniors. Look for black matte dials and controls when doing a comparison for the best camera for seniors.
Besides not having a shiny surface the best camera for seniors needs to be easy to use and understand. The best digital camera for seniors should have menus on it that explain what the settings are for, the icons need to be easy to read and interpret.
A major plus for the best digital camera for seniors is if it comes with bundled software that makes it easy to download the pictures to a computer and easily make adjustments to the photos. In the ideal world the best camera for seniors will also come with software that will make it easy to upload the photos to the internet so they can be shared with friends and family worldwide. Since I’m going to dream, I’ll dream big and look for the best digital camera for seniors to also be related to easy to use printers and photo frames so the photographer (did you notice that by getting the best digital camera for seniors the user is transformed into a photographer, not just a senior?) can have one big easy to use system.
So when looking for the the best digital camera for seniors look for a non shiny, easy to read and understand camera that is just one part of an integrated digital photography system.
When I did my hunt for the best digital camera for seniors I was able to find a fully loaded, 10x optical zoom camera with image stabilization. What this means is just because the key features doesn’t need to be a low quality, featureless camera.