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Old Feb 25, 2003, 6:24 PM   #1
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Default Travel camera suggestion??? AA batteries...

Looking to get a new camera for travelling/takealong use and I've been trying to find models that use AA batteries.

Ideally I'm looking for:
2+ MP
as compact as possible
AA batteries

Anyone have any suggestions?

TIA
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Old Feb 26, 2003, 11:48 AM   #2
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How compact? Most really compact jobs use their own type of battries to keep them really small.

Take a look at some of the Fujis and Olys. Look for the ones which use 2 AAs as opposed to 4AAs, they'll be smaller.
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Old Feb 26, 2003, 2:22 PM   #3
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The Olympus cameras use AA batteries. The Olympus C4000 is a moderate size that can make an excellent travel camera. It features 4mp, 3X Optical zoom, with auto and manual controls. The C50 will fit in the palm of your hand, 5mp, 3X optical zoom, with manual and auto controls. You can check prices and vendor ratings at www.dealtime.com
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Old Feb 26, 2003, 5:28 PM   #4
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But the C50 doesn't use AAs...it uses a lithium pack.

It's a balancing act, size vs amout of shots, 2AA may be smaller, but you get a lot less shots than with 4AA. Lithium-ion packs make the camera smaller, but when they die you're stuck until you can recharge.
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Old Feb 26, 2003, 5:54 PM   #5
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The Olympus D520 is 2MP with 3X optical zoom. Very compact and uses two AA's. Battery life is at least about 200-300 shots maybe more. It is $188 from buydig.com.
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Old Feb 26, 2003, 5:56 PM   #6
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The Minolta Dimage F100 uses 2 AA batteries, is ultra compact, has 4 MP, and is loaded with features. Check it out.
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Old Feb 27, 2003, 12:09 AM   #7
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I'm surprised no one has mentioned the Sony DSC-u20. It's probably the most compact camera out there and uses AA batteries (not AA, but just as plentiful) Granted you lose a lot of things, such as zoom, but it's worth a look as it has 2 MP.
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Old Feb 27, 2003, 3:13 AM   #8
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I'm surprised no one has mentioned the Sony DSC-u20. It's probably the most compact camera out there and uses AA batteries (not AA, but just as plentiful) Granted you lose a lot of things, such as zoom, but it's worth a look as it has 2 MP.
You mean it uses AAA batteries, not AA. The downside of AAA is that they're very low capacity when compared to AAs so that means a lot less shots for the pocket convience. AAA capacities available are between 700 and 800mAh, while AAs are between 1400 and 2100mAh.

But if you want pocketability and want to give up # of shots available on a charge and lack of features, then that may be the way to go.
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Old Feb 27, 2003, 9:38 AM   #9
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Mike

Your right. I forgot that Olympus built a camera that did not use the AA batteries.

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Old Feb 27, 2003, 11:25 AM   #10
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It's a balancing act, size vs amout of shots, 2AA may be smaller, but you get a lot less shots than with 4AA.
The number of bats is not a measure of capacity only the voltage used by the camera. The capacity remains the same - the amount in the individual cell.

A torch which uses 2 D cells will last as long as one with 4 D cells. The 4 job is just brighter.
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