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Old Dec 2, 2005, 8:18 PM   #1
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I am upgrading my camera and looking at the most Zoom I can get to bring in subjects that are far away. Current camera is a Minolta but I liked the colors best on my old Kodak. The 12X zooms on the Kodak cameras take a proprietary battery rather than the AA rechargeable which are much cheaper than the proprietaries. The largest Kodak zoom I can find using AA batteries is the Z740 10x optical zoom.

While in Wal Mart I was able to pick up and look at the Kodak Z740 and zoom it to a customer at the far end of the store. The Zoom was so good that only the person's face was all I could see in the 1.8 inch viewer. There was also a Sony DSCH1 with a 12X 1S zoom. The Zoom was not as good as the Kodak. The Entire person was still in the 2.5 inch viewer.

Shouldn't I have gotten at least the same zoom with the Sony? I posted a similar type question in the Sony forum, but didn't get any replies.

Would like to have some discussion to help me in my camera selection
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Old Dec 2, 2005, 8:58 PM   #2
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I don't know why everyone has a problem with the lithium ion battery. I have two and each one will give me between 350 and 400 photo's at the best setting. When it goes down I just swap it out with the fresh charged battery. Never ran out of enough juice to get the job done! I keep my rapid charger with me at all times and if needed I can borrow an electrical outlet while I use the other battery! Cannot for the life of me see where the problem is!! Get the P850 and an extra battery and be happy!! LOL I wish you well on the purchase no matter which one you get!

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Old Dec 3, 2005, 3:01 AM   #3
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Sony should have longer zoom. The only thing I can think of is that you have turned on the digital zoom in the Kodak.

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While in Wal Mart I was able to pick up and look at the Kodak Z740 and zoom it to a customer at the far end of the store. The Zoom was so good that only the person's face was all I could see in the 1.8 inch viewer. There was also a Sony DSCH1 with a 12X 1S zoom. The Zoom was not as good as the Kodak. The Entire person was still in the 2.5 inch viewer.

Shouldn't I have gotten at least the same zoom with the Sony? I posted a similar type question in the Sony forum, but didn't get any replies.
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Old Dec 3, 2005, 5:29 AM   #4
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I am in agreance with Dawg on the Lithium Ion batteries. I've never had a battery last so long. If you take a look at the new Cordless Tools you will see that they are all now using LI.
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I've never had a problem with the Li batteries either. Always have a spare but rarely need it.
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Old Dec 3, 2005, 10:38 AM   #6
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In the last year I could not count the number of times people have complained because a lot of the Kodak cameras use the Lithium-Ion batteries! All you doubters listen up---They work great and will not let you down. I too- keep a spare on hand but have not needed it most times. I will continue to swap one out for the other but these batteries are about as dependable as they come!! There is no battery memory here. I've put them on charge when they were all the way dead and when they were probably only half way down! I recently shot between 350 and 400 photo's in a 4 and 1/2 hour shoot and never ran out of juice with one battery. Nuff Sed!!!!!!


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Old Dec 3, 2005, 12:22 PM   #7
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I was reluctant about a Kodak and the lithium battery at first. Get 2 high amp (about 1800) and they will have more pictures than 2 dozen AA and weigh next to nothing and take up the space of 4 AA batteries. My dx7444 came with a great charger (about 4"x6") that takes little space on vacations and has a red/green (green is charged).



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