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I'm a grandmother that wants to use a camera for mostly pictures of the grandbabies, closeups in my garden of flowers, and shots in bright light around the pool and catching action shots. I know I need image stabilization. I have a printer that accepts an SD card. I want to print photos without having to upload the pictures to the computer. I don't know if there is photo editing like a Picasso or Lightroom that can be within the camera for editing shots on the camera before they go directly to the printer? I also need a large screen as my eyes aren't so good. My budget is only around $450. With this information for my needs and budget, can you offer specific suggestions for the right camera for me? Thank you!

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I won't recommend specific products here, but you might actually be looking for a cell phone or a tablet instead of a camera. Most cell phones do not necessarily require you to use them as a cell phone, you can also without a subscription, use them as small, portable computers.

It is relatively easy to find cell phones, or to a certain extent also tablets if you want a larger display, with quite acceptable or good cameras. For these, there are a lot of different photo editing apps, which you can install and use directly on the device. You probably won't find a device with replaceable lenses and zooming capabilities, if present at all, are usually inferior.

It will be very difficult to find a dedicated camera, on which you can install a broad selection of additional software. Many cameras have some kind of image editing functions pre-installed, but the functions are often very limited. Often, you can only manipulate brightness, contrast and colour, crop the image or apply a few effect filters. For the same price, you can however, in general, expect much better optical and image quality from a dedicated camera than from a cell phone or a tablet.

You don't write why you want to avoid transferring the images to a pc and manipulate them there before printing, but if mobility is an issue and you already have a halfways decent cell phone, you do of course also have the option to transfer the images on-the-go from any camera to your cell phone, manipulate the images and then print from there.

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  • I wouldn't say the option is there to transfer images on-the-go from any camera to a cell phone. It's more like some fairly recent cameras. – Michael C Apr 17 at 18:52
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Is there photo editing s/w that you can use on the camera... ?

Generally, not unless your camera also happens to be a phone or tablet. Some Sony cameras were able to run apps. However, the functionality now appears to be defunct.

If you need a bona fide camera:

  • Some cameras have minimal editing features, such as crop and red-eye removal.

  • Some cameras have built-in raw processing. This allows new JPGs to be generated with different settings.

  • Some cameras may generate JPGs that you are satisfied with so that no further processing is needed.

Other options:

  • Some commercial photo printing kiosks have minimal editing capabilities. I have not encountered such features in consumer printers, but would not be surprised if there are some on the market.

  • Transfer images to your phone or computer for editing, even though you don't want to.

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