Easiest to Use Digital Camera for Seniors

By Ed Oswald

If you’re looking for the right digital camera for your aging parent or grandparent, it’s best to stay away from the models with lots of bells and whistles. Opt instead for simpler models that are easy to use and include features that seniors will find either useful or helpful, depending on their individual needs.

Keep it Simple

When considering a digital camera for an elderly person, it should have easy to use controls. The controls should be larger and if possible more pronounced. Seniors lose some of their sense of touch as they age, and can find pressing or finding smaller buttons difficult. The only button on top of the camera should be the one that is used to take a picture.

Big LCD Screens

Small viewfinders can spell trouble for those with poor eyesight. Choose a digital camera model with an LCD screen that is as large as possible. Seniors will be able to see the pictures they are taking more clearly. Those used to taking pictures on traditional film cameras may find this screen useful as pictures can be reviewed immediately.

Point and Shoot

Select a camera that includes some type of “automatic” picture-taking feature. This allows seniors to take photos without having to learn complex menus, and focuses and adjusts for lighting conditions on its own. While most cameras have this automatic feature, not all are created equal. Before purchasing, make sure picture quality is acceptable across a variety of situations by reading reviews online.

Easy to Print

Some seniors have a tough time figuring out how to sync their digital cameras with their computers. Choose a camera with an integrated printer allowing the photos to be printed right away. Another option is removable memory; this way the photos are stored on a removable memory card, which can easily be taken to a photo center for printing.

Durable and Reliable

Seniors can be a bit clumsier that their younger counterparts, thus it should be expected that the camera will be dropped. Select a durable model that will be resistant to impacts from falls. Some seniors also experience what is called “shaky hand syndrome." Image stabilization features will counteract this problem and result in better quality photos.