Is the EX1/TL500 OK for my tech-clumsy mother?

Started Apr 9, 2012 | Discussions thread
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Re: Is the EX1/TL500 OK for my tech-clumsy mother?
In reply to cinemascope, Apr 11, 2012

No, it's not OK. Trust me, I did PC tech support for years as a teenager: even if it's actually as simple as pressing a button (as in Auto mode), even if it offers superior results without requiring further user input, as long as it looks complicated (and the EX1's controls most certainly do), the user will be intimidated and refuse to use it in a meaningful manner. And then there's the issue of weight, given the EX1's dimensions and metallic body.

My recommendation is to get her a Canon or Panasonic travel zoom instead, or maybe a Canon superzoom; they're not only simple to use (and have superb movie modes to boot), they look simple to use as well. Forget about Fuji or the Panasonic superzooms, for much the same reasons as the EX1.

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