The technophobe mum: [[artnid:337171|Panasonic SDR-H85-K (RRP: $599)|Review: Panasonic SDR-H85-K]]
If your mum was born during the Baby Boomer era, she might be a bit rubbish with modern technology. (That said, she can probably make clothes out of a needle and thread, which makes her a better survivalist in the event of a nuclear holocaust.) The [[artnid:337171|Panasonic SDR-H85-K|Review: Panasonic SDR-H85-K]] is an entry-level camcorder that makes everything nice and easy for novice users.
Its main drawcard is probably the Intelligent Auto (iA) mode, which adjusts camcorder settings on the fly to suit the changing environment. Other user-friendly tools include inbuilt face detection and Panasonic’s celebrated advanced optical image stabiliser (OIS), which provides shake-free recordings. The unit also comes with a massive 78x optical zoom lens for getting nice and close to distant action.
Check out our in-depth review of the [[artnid:337171|Panasonic SDR-H85-K|Review: Panasonic SDR-H85-K]].