My (rural living) mother-in-law has recently been told by her local camera shop that they will soon stop offering processing and prints from film based cameras.
I'm wondering if it is practical to get her a simple to use point-and-shoot, even though she doesn't own a computer?
Bear in mind that she is not a photographer, just someone who takes pictures of family and friends on occassion.
She could easily take the camera (or memory card) in to Walmart (or equivalent) and get prints of the shots she wants, and they can probably even burn a DVD or CD with the images on them (so she still has "the negatives" if she wants more prints later).
Even that has to be better than shooting a whole roll of film and processing/printing the whole thing hoping that you got a good shot?
I'd be looking for a point-and-shoot that takes great shots in fully automatic mode. I doubt she would ever try anything more complicated than turning off auto-flash.
The Canon SD1300IS is available locally for under $100, and has stabilzation and a 4X optical zoom. I've always liked the Canon P+S cameras, but would welcome any suggestions you might have (both for camera brand/model, and for your opinions on whether owning a digital camera is a good idea for someone without a computer).