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Paul Morgan
Paul Morgan e2 Member 1315207 forum postsPaul Morgan vcard England6 Constructive Critique Points
31 May 2013 - 9:04 PM

Modes I have not used, Program and shutter Priority, I Auto, and the red record button, only because Its now programmed for something else.

And the Live bulb feature, I`ve only tinkered with this so far.

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rhol2
rhol2 e2 Member 3288 forum postsrhol2 vcard United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
1 Jun 2013 - 9:26 AM


Quote: There are many elderly people on this site who are still in this day and age confused buy the concept of a gadget that performs more than one task for example: If I wanted to do movies I wouuld buy a dedicated cam corder & Mobile phones for example, Just how much junk do you need to make a simple phone call

It's the way of the modern world it cost very little to add new features, so much so that new camera models are often cheaper than the old model they replaced.



How patronising can you get?

With reference to your examples, the OLD saying about
"Jack of all trades, master of none" comes to mind!Wink

weseeyou
weseeyou  3112 forum posts
1 Jun 2013 - 9:50 AM


Quote: I cannot spell correctly as I have dyslexia. Why are you discriminating against people with disabilities like myself.

Being unable to spell is hardly a disability besides if you have learning difficulties yourself I'm surprised that you would choose to make such a disparaging remark about the cognitive acuity of senior citizens , which by the way was discriminatory.


That said, I am sure that it wasn't your intention to insult senior citizens such as myself and to be fair, my remark was made tongue-in-cheek. Wink

Last Modified By weseeyou at 1 Jun 2013 - 9:51 AM
Nigeve1
Nigeve1 e2 Member 1698 forum postsNigeve1 vcard United Kingdom81 Constructive Critique Points
1 Jun 2013 - 10:56 AM

Yes and no on this one.

Depends on the overall design of your camera; I have a D7000 and I find that I use all the functions that are easily avaiable using buttons and control dials on the body. I do not use all the menu functions, but I do use some of them and it is nice to have them there as options as my experience increases. I have trieda D3100 and some vital functions had to be accessed via menus which was cumbersome. So it depends on design; if vital regularly used functions are hidden by a mass of other functions, the answer will be yes. If the camera is well designed and these are readily accessible, then no.

SlowSong
SlowSong e2 Member 64375 forum postsSlowSong vcard England28 Constructive Critique Points
1 Jun 2013 - 11:02 AM

If the Canon 40D had a bigger sensor I'd stick with that. Just an all round excellent camera with no fiddly bits.

conrad
conrad  1010874 forum posts116 Constructive Critique Points
1 Jun 2013 - 11:11 AM


Quote: Being unable to spell is hardly a disability

No, but dyslexia is, itīs a learning disability, and being unable to spell correctly is a consequence and symptom of that disability.


Quote: I'm surprised that you would choose to make such a disparaging remark about the cognitive acuity of senior citizens

Strange, thatīs not how I saw it. True, redsnappa wasnīt being politically correct when he made his comment about senior citizens, but then I think it's a contradiction in terms - political correctness is quite incorrect, really... If it keeps you from stating a fact, maybe we shouldn't be politically correct. I know that I personally am against it, I'm all for candour instead (without being insulting, and I don't think he was being insulting).

What he said, is probably true - I know that many people are overwhelmed when they have to use equipment that does so much more than they need, and I know from experience that this is especially true for many older people - not all of them, but certainly a lot of them. Hence the idea of some mobile phone manufacturers, for instance, to make simple models, especially with the senior citizen market in mind. Is that a disparaging remark? No, I don't think so. It's perfectly logical that one can get overwhelmed when having to use a lot of new things, especially when these new things offer a myriad of functions and you have to find your way among them. Even I feel like that sometimes. I'd rather find a simple little software program that does exactly that one task I want it to do, then having to find that same function in a huge program with dozens of options hidden in different menus.

Let's not take people's statements the wrong way, redsnappa was trying to make a point by explaining some people can feel overwhelmed by modern-day technological equipment, and he didn't spell it correctly because of a recognised learning disability. Shall we leave it at that?

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mdpontin
mdpontin  106016 forum posts Scotland
1 Jun 2013 - 11:27 AM


Quote: I know that many people are overwhelmed when they have to use equipment that does so much more than they need, and I know from experience that this is especially true for many older people - not all of them, but certainly a lot of them.

I know from experience that this is true, having tried to assist some older members of my family. It's not a disparaging remark, or a comment on the mental acuity of the person or persons in question. It's often simply that the apparent complexity represents a large and daunting barrier for entry. If you'd never used a digital camera of any kind before, or a computer, how do you think you'd feel trying to take those first steps when perhaps even some of the concepts are new to you?

weseeyou
weseeyou  3112 forum posts
1 Jun 2013 - 11:37 AM


Quote: Being unable to spell is hardly a disability

No, but dyslexia is, itīs a learning disability, and being unable to spell correctly is a consequence and symptom of that disability.


Let's not take people's statements the wrong way, redsnappa was trying to make a point by explaining some people can feel overwhelmed by modern-day technological equipment, and he didn't spell it correctly because of a recognised learning disability. Shall we leave it at that?

conrad all that you are achieving here is to stir this issue up by trying to promote further discussion and argument .

All that needs to be said has already been said and the topic was closed as far as I was concerned.

Unless you are a troll? please lets all let the issue drop and lets get this thread back on topic ok

Last Modified By weseeyou at 1 Jun 2013 - 11:39 AM
conrad
conrad  1010874 forum posts116 Constructive Critique Points
1 Jun 2013 - 11:53 AM


Quote: Unless you are a troll?

I beg your pardon? I simply responded to what I felt was an incorrect and unfair comment by you. I don't know why, but for some reason your later post didn't appear on my screen. I had no intention of stirring up anything, I just wanted to set something straight.

conrad
conrad  1010874 forum posts116 Constructive Critique Points
1 Jun 2013 - 11:54 AM

So, back to the original subject.


Quote: If the camera is well designed and these are readily accessible, then no.


Quote: excellent camera with no fiddly bits

Those two comments say it all, don't they.

Last Modified By conrad at 1 Jun 2013 - 11:55 AM
weseeyou
weseeyou  3112 forum posts
1 Jun 2013 - 12:17 PM


Quote: Unless you are a troll?

I beg your pardon? I simply responded to what I felt was an incorrect and unfair comment by you. I don't know why, but for some reason your later post didn't appear on my screen. I had no intention of stirring up anything, I just wanted to set something straight.

have you finished now ?Wink

kodachrome
1 Jun 2013 - 4:26 PM

I'm just over retirement age so I guess I fall into that 'catigory' as mentioned earlier. Its quite true that some of this modern tech can overwhelm some folk. My next door neighbour god bless her has yet to suss out her new TV hand set so I'm always round her house changing channels and making adjustments and showing her how to operate it. She is learning slowly.
I have to say that some of it for me is still the 'Black Art' LoL.

weseeyou
weseeyou  3112 forum posts
1 Jun 2013 - 7:15 PM

I think this notion that it is primarily older folk that struggle with new technology is a myth spread by young folk lolSmile

Seriously I would challenge every person on this forum to connect my printer wirelessly to my BT Hub3 router which has WPA2-PSK security and I would probably win.

BT engineers haven't manage it yet !Grin

New technology challenges all of us even the geeks amongst us .

I know many teenagers who don't seem to be able to manage even the most straightforward of tasks without help but that doesn't mean that all teenagers are the same anymore than all older folk.

pulsar69
pulsar69  101611 forum posts United Kingdom6 Constructive Critique Points
1 Jun 2013 - 8:51 PM

I represent the Northern Branch of the British Troll Protection Society and would like to air my utter dismay and disgust. There.

termite53
termite53 e2 Member 1termite53 vcard United Kingdom
5 Jun 2013 - 9:13 AM

I find it strange that most digital cameras shoot video. I have had my latest camera well over a year now and have never used that feature. To me it seems pointless, you are either into video or photos I would have thought

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