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redtail Mar 6, 2009 8:22 AM

Hi there in the civilised world,
I'm working and travelling in the DR Congo for more then a year, but friday my camera got stolen. As I don't encounter that much power outlets I have a little solar panel to charge my cellphone, MP3player, ...

I'm now looking for a camera that I can charge in the same way. Do you happen to know one that can charge its battery trough a mini-USB port or socket that resembles a common mobile phone one? Let me know!!

More information:
- the solar panel I got is the powermonkey explorer (www.powertraveller.co.uk) There you can find my available connections as well.
- My current camera was a canon ixus 50. I did liked the compact size and strong body, but I want something with a bit more capabilities.
- needed: tough body, reasonable compact size, strong build quality, more manual options then the ixus 50, ....
- camera's where I was looking at but don't have the charge function: panasonic dmc-tz5, sony W170, sony H20, sony H10, casio V8...


any suggestions?


I got a week to decide otherwise I don't get it here.

Thanks a lot

tjsnaps Mar 6, 2009 10:43 AM

I don't have a direct answer to your question. But out of curiosity I googled "solar batter charger". the very top link was a place called "Solar Sundance"

http://store.sundancesolar.com/solbatchar.html

And sure enough the fist link on their page was for digital cameras. They have chargers for all the major brands.

I would think that rather than buy a camera because it has the right kind of plug. You would be better off Buying a camera you like and that serves your needs. Then getting a charger for it.

What I saw came with the solar panel and therefore cost over $100 ( I didn't really look the site over) but if you shop around you might be able to find a charger that will work with the panel you have. Just make sure you can get the charger before you buy the camera.


redtail Mar 7, 2009 12:27 PM

Thanks a lot for the reply,

It is a bit expensive and very very slow to get onto the internet here so I don't have the time to look things trough. A connection sounds ideal but I don't seem to find it. I think I will continue to look for a camera that charges its battery inside and then hope that it fits my solar panel/battery pack.

Or if anyone hered of a batterycharger that works with a USB port that's fine as well.



If you know of a decent camera with an outstanding battery life, that could help as well.



Hoping to get some more tips



Greetings from the Congo







Mase723 Jul 14, 2012 3:56 PM

Looked up on google
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by redtail (Post 953795)
Hi there in the civilised world,
I'm working and travelling in the DR Congo for more then a year, but friday my camera got stolen. As I don't encounter that much power outlets I have a little solar panel to charge my cellphone, MP3player, ...

I'm now looking for a camera that I can charge in the same way. Do you happen to know one that can charge its battery trough a mini-USB port or socket that resembles a common mobile phone one? Let me know!!

More information:
- the solar panel I got is the powermonkey explorer (www.powertraveller.co.uk) There you can find my available connections as well.
- My current camera was a canon ixus 50. I did liked the compact size and strong body, but I want something with a bit more capabilities.
- needed: tough body, reasonable compact size, strong build quality, more manual options then the ixus 50, ....
- camera's where I was looking at but don't have the charge function: panasonic dmc-tz5, sony W170, sony H20, sony H10, casio V8...


any suggestions?


I got a week to decide otherwise I don't get it here.

Thanks a lot

Hi There,

I was also looking for a thing like this. I looked it up on google and I found some cool solar chargers and gadgets on http://www.freenergyshop.com

They where mentioning below that these chargers are ideal for people who travel allot.

I hope I helped you with this.

pcake Jul 23, 2012 12:05 PM

the panasonic zs20 charges the battery inside the camera. it's very compact (a hair larger than an elph), very fast performance, all manual settings, decent zoom, and i really liked the touch screen. i found it noisier in low light than its competitors, but did pretty well in sunny to semi-sunny conditions.


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