Very few small cameras have optical viewfinders any more.
The camera makers have eliminated the viewfinders to reduce cost and permit using larger LCD screens.
The following cameras have viewfinders and image stabilization:
If you want an ultra compact camera, your choices are:
Canon SD770IS, SD850IS, SD890IS, SD950IS, SD1100IS
Sony W120, W130, W150, W170
If you want a compact camera, your choices are:
Canon A570IS, A590IS, A650IS, A720IS
The biggest cause of blurry pictures is camera movement when the shutter button is pressed.
To see if your Mom's camera really has a problem with blurry pictures here is a test.
Set the camera on the edge of a table and use the 10 second delayed shutter mode.
Press the shutter button and step away from the camera.
10 seconds later the camera will take the picture.
Examine the picture on your computer screen and see if it is sharp or not.
If it is sharp, your Mom is moving the camera while taking the pictures.
Watch her while she is taking a picture and see if you can spot if it is something she is doing.
Taking a picture in low light (without a flash) is a common cause because the camera must use a slow shutter speed.
You should not hand hold a camera when the shutter speed is slower than 1/60th of a second.
I'm looking for a compact camera with image stabilization, good image quality & relative ease of use (I'm not a professional at all).
My Mom recently got the Olympus Stylus 1010. She likes it, but is unhappy with blurry images with close up shots. She even feels that the regular pics are slightly blurred. The other thing she dislikes is that the only way to take a picture is looking at the screen (no view finder thingee - whatever it's called - to look through). The problem is in high light, she can't see the screen & therefore can't see what she's taking a picture of.
I was going to get the Stylus 1010 until I heard the above. Does anyone have any info on the Olympus 1010?
And is there a different compact camera that might be better than the 1010? I'll be taking it to Africa next year.
Thanks so much,