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camera recommendation?

Postby gdurkee » Sat May 03, 2008 4:13 pm

So it looks like by digital camera just went belly up (seems to be eating cards -- zapping the data).

Any recommendations for a simple point and shoot digital camera? Able to be carried around in a backpack. Ideally takes batteries, rather than recharge it, otherwise long life between recharges.
I don't even know enough about them to list what would be important, but not at the professional level, price wise. $100 to $200??

Thanks!

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Re: camera recommendation?

Postby Strider » Sun May 04, 2008 3:04 pm

I got a Samsung S630 at a Fry's Electronics for under $200 that is 6 megapixels and has all the features you would need.
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Re: camera recommendation?

Postby ERIC » Sun May 04, 2008 10:52 pm

For a little extra, I bought a Casio Exilim 10.1MP at Costco for around $300. I then purchased an extra battery for it that I charge and bring with me on long trips. Extremely happy with it... It's small, light weight, easy to use, large LED screen, takes great shots, and the extra battery always seems to get us through extended trips.
Regardless of what camera you choose, I would suggest not limiting yourself to just AA batteries. Find a camera you want, and simply purchase and charge up an extra battery or two of whatever type it takes. Whatever it is, more than likely the battery is available at a reasonable price online. Try Ebay, or Google 'Shopping' tab.
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Re: camera recommendation?

Postby frediver » Sun May 04, 2008 11:09 pm

My first stop would be on http://www.cnet.com to check the reviews for Point n Shoot cameras, I call them PHD's (press here dummy).
Consider that a requirement for traditional batteries will mean a somewhat larger camera. Battery
packs in the newer PHD's last a very long time and as others have said you can get a spare, still
AA's are everywhere.
For a small (almost) camera I would stick with Cannon, Olympus, or Fuji as a distant 3rd. IMO the
Cannon's take the nod in the PHD's cuz of the lense options.
Remember good glass is more important than pixels. Our 4.2MP Olympus takes better pictures
than my wifes 7MP PHD.
Having a viewfinder is nice because it will save the battery power you would use with an LED display.
Have fun on your quest.
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Re: camera recommendation?

Postby BSquared » Tue May 06, 2008 8:29 am

ERIC wrote:...I then purchased an extra battery for it that I charge and bring with me on long trips. ...the extra battery always seems to get us through extended trips. Regardless of what camera you choose, I would suggest not limiting yourself to just AA batteries. Find a camera you want, and simply purchase and charge up an extra battery or two of whatever type it takes.


In the past I've had bad luck with self-discharge in rechargeables; is that a problem that's now been solved? What do you mean by "extended trips?," Eric—are we talking, say, four or five weeks? That would be really impressive -- I hate to strew my used AAs all over the planet, but on a cold morning at the end of a two-week trip I've found that I could take pictures with my used lithium AAs when nobody with rechargeables could even get their cameras started. I'd be delighted to hear that battery makers had solved that problem.

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Re: camera recommendation?

Postby ERIC » Tue May 06, 2008 8:38 am

I took this camera and an extra battery with me (fully charged) on a 13-day trip to China. Had the charger with me, but never used it for fear of damaging it, or the batteries, by plugging it in to the cruise ship's questionable power supply. Shot about 350+ photos, and 10+ videos (almost all daytime, so not much use of the flash albeit). No problems at all. Not really sure about the self-discharge issue. If true, it wasn't bad enough for me to notice.
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Re: camera recommendation?

Postby gdurkee » Tue May 06, 2008 9:34 am

Well, after much reading of everyone's thoughts, and online reviews, I went for the Canon Powershot 750 -- partly based on how quickly I could get it. Going to my brother's wedding on Friday... . Jeez, there's a lot of stuff out there. One of the things I was worried about was the rechargeable battery, but Eric's comment plus how cheap an extra is, made me feel better about it. I'll hope for the best.

Huge thanks to all of you for your ideas.

Next, 'cause a guy can't have too many gizmos, I'm thinking of getting a GPS logger to geocode my photos. I'm looking at the GiSTEQ PhotoTrackr bluetooth version. I'd like something that will also give a gps signal to my pda, in addition to later merging my photos with the coordinates from the track logger.

Anyone have any experience with these things? (Is this now straying too far from Photography and edging into Gear Topics??)

Thanks again for everyone's suggestions.

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Re: camera recommendation?

Postby oldranger » Tue May 06, 2008 8:04 pm

George, do you have a special mount for your laptop so it is always accessible when you hike? I'm laughing myself silly with an image of you loping down the trail with all that electrical gear. I suppose the NPS issues you some kind of electronic phaser/sword instead of a gun now a days.

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Re: camera recommendation?

Postby gdurkee » Tue May 06, 2008 8:23 pm

I keep it in a sling on my back, like one of those Scottish Claymores. When confronted by a data crisis, I whup it over my shoulder, boot and code.

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Re: camera recommendation?

Postby BSquared » Wed May 07, 2008 5:05 am

"Get that fire out before I have to show you the Blue Screen of Death!"
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Re: camera recommendation?

Postby BSquared » Sun Dec 28, 2008 11:26 am

Hi, all. I'm bumping this topic because my five-year-old Fuji A303 seems to have bit the dust. What I'm looking for is something quite light and compact (mostly for backpacking), something I can just haul out of the shoulder-strap pocket and shoot, and something with good macro capability for wildflowers (the Fuji A303 was not every good in this regard). I also think I'd like an optical viewfinder, both because I think it lets me shoot faster for wildlife and because I find the screens difficult to see in daylight. Although I respect what was posted earlier about battery packs, I'm still leaning toward AAs because I do like those lithiums: they're extremely light, they seem to last practically forever, and I've been able to take pictures on ski trips when I could see that other skiers couldn't (but I don't know what they were using).

I'm thinking of a Cannon Powershot SD 1100 IS Elph (which doesn't take AAs), or maybe the relatively new Powershot E1 (which does), but I definitely haven't settled on those two as my main choices yet. Suggestions?

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Re: camera recommendation?

Postby The Other Tom » Sun Dec 28, 2008 5:06 pm

B^2,
Check out dpreview.com for comparisons of different cameras. They have a cool feature where you can input the things you want, like a macro lens, battery type, etc, then it will give the the available cameras with those features. Here's a link
http://www.dpreview.com/reviews/compare.asp
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