Canon is the last of the manufacturers to come to market with a compact mirrorless camera. The new EOS M has interchangeable lenses, has an APS-C sized CMOS sensor and uses Canon's new EF-M series lenses. Sorry, your current EF lenses won't work with this camera.
It has Canon's DIGIC 5 processor, can autofocus continuously in movie mode or during still shooting which is at 3 frames per second with autofocus, 4.3 fps without. It shoots 18 megapixel still photos, 1080p video at 30, 25 or 24 fps, and works incredibly well in low light with ISO range of 100-25,600.
This camera is aimed at compact shooters who want more control and better quality images. It's a good first step toward a DSLR. The price is certainly up there with that class, at around $799 for the body, 22mm lens and possibly bundled with Canon's new 90EX flash unit.
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Some seniors wrestle with conditions that can compromise their vision. To that end, cameras with large screens are considered vision friendly because they enable you to see your picture clearer. We recommend cameras with LCD screens no smaller than 2.5 inches. We found a Nikon Coolpix S60 that features a nice and bright 3.5 inch LCD screen.
A segment of the senior community may experience a decrease in sensory perception, which may affect the way in which they experience sensory feedback from buttons and wheel dials. Digital cameras tend to have tiny, flat buttons making it hard to push the right one which can be problematic for some seniors. Therefore, one should look for cameras that are biomechanic friendly in that they provide a good tactile feel with raised buttons and wheel dials. In addition, cameras that beep when a button is pressed, give you valuable audio feedback that a control has been activated. Accordingly, touch-screen only devices are not optimal as they do not provide ideal sensory feedback.We found that the Panasonic Lumix FX100K features raised buttons that give you excellent tactile and audio feedback.
Presbyopia is the term given for losing one''s eyesight due to aging. Sadly this process often begins when one reaches their 40s as the lens in their eyes hardens and becomes less elastic, thus making it harder to focus. Therefore small, low contrast text/symbols - that are commonly found on digital cameras - can be difficult to identify. One solution is to use a camera that has a large, vision friendly LCD screen with touch screen controls. Touch screens take some time to get adjusted to, but they can also make the camera''s menu system much easier to see and therefore navigate. NOTE: Although we don''t recommend touch screens for seniors that have lost sensitivity in their fingers, we realize that all seniors are not the same and each needs their own compensatory features.The Canon PowerShot SD970IS 12.1 MP Digital Camera with 5x Optical Zoom and 3.0-inch LCD has one of the best, and most user-friendly, touch screen displays on the market.
Age related memory decline is reported in a segment of the senior community. Therefore a good cognition friendly camera will have minimal controls to memorize in order to use the various functions on the camera. On the whole, Point and Shoot cameras are designed for simplicity and usually don''t require many steps to take a great picture. This is great for those who may have trouble recalling which buttons to press. The Casio Exilim EX-S2 is a great example of a camera that features a clear interface that tells you what each setting does in plain english, dedicated buttons that are simple and intuitive, with predefined set-ups for scene scenarios, and takes great looking pictures in seconds that will preserve the memories of that special trip, as Eudora Welty says "a good picture, stops a moment from running away".
Shaky hand syndrome, which some seniors may experience, is negated by most digital cameras, as they are usually equipped with excellent software that stabilizes the picture for you, and automatically removes blurriness caused by shakes. An excellent example is the Canon PowerShot SD800 IS. It is well regarded for its excellent image quality, and will give you rock steady zoom. All together now, cheese!
Clumsiness can affect anyone. Seniors, unfortunately, must deal with ailments like arthritis that can decrease dexterity and put fragile electronic equipment, such as digital cameras, at risk. Luckily there are a number of digital cameras on the market that are built for durability.Not only is the Olympus Stylus Tough-8000 durable, but it is waterproof, shockproof, freezeproof, crushproof and shakeproof so it can stand up to just about anything.
As we get older, changes in the eye can cause glare to have a greater impact our visual acuity. With digital camera use, glare becomes a factor when shooting pictures in bright lighting outdoors. Even large LCD screens might be not vision friendly under certain circumstances as they maybe difficult to see clearly for the aging eye. Thus some seniors prefer to use a viewfinder when taking photos.
The Sony Cybershot DSCW200 is one compact digital camera that still has a viewfinder.