A digital Camera for my parents

My parents old film camera has finally given up the ghost and I'm thinking of buying them a digital replacement. They are active but in their 80s and can't really cope with too much complexity in their gadgets. I'm thinking of a small camera, not an SLR, but with a view finder rather than just a back display. Also, some kind of macro feature would be handy for photographing flowers, etc (which they tend to do Dad being a gardener and Mum a painter.) Any recommendations?

I just bought a Canon SD1200 which I really like. It has a viewfinder and a back display. Based on the reviews, it does a decent job (for a point-and-shoot) with macros, and has really nice colour for outdoor shots.

It is very small, though, which might be a concern depending on your parents' dexterity.

Highly recommend using Flickr's camera finder to get an idea of the capabilities of whichever cameras you're considering - for example, check out photos from the Canon SD1200.

I went through researching cameras a while back and ended up with a very basic SLR.

In all the stuff I read though it seemed like for normal use point and shoots it's hard to go wrong with a Canon.

We have a Canon Powershot SD780 and we love it. Very easy to use, viewfinder and back screen, easy macros, auto setting that actually works, and anti-shake/anti-blur features as well as a fast shutter. Small, good battery life. Do they have a computer to dump pics to? Or are they just going to go to Walmart for the download and developing?

Robear wrote:

We have a Canon Powershot SD780 and we love it. Very easy to use, viewfinder and back screen, easy macros, auto setting that actually works, and anti-shake/anti-blur features as well as a fast shutter. Small, good battery life. Do they have a computer to dump pics to? Or are they just going to go to Walmart for the download and developing?

I think they'll be going to the UK equivalent of Walmart to get prints. They might not use it too often so I could drag the pics off it onto my Mac. The Powershot is sounding like a good bet.

You might want to consider a megazoom digital camera (such as the Canon SX120) if they're used to being able to zoom. It seems that most small digital cameras don't have more than a 3x optical zoom (and digital zoom is worthless). My girlfriend's parents were frustrated with not being able to zoom with their 2x or 3x zoom camera and liked the upgrade. Note that I am not a photographer and still use a Canon SD110.