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Old Dec 26, 2006, 9:45 PM   #11
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Normally I'd be a bit leary of the refurb thing, but it's a local camera
store with a good reputation.

Saw the A530 warning - thanks. I have an A510 myself. It's OK.
Was a good deal for what it was at the time, but lost two days of
camera use on a Europe trip when the lens wouldn't retract -- a
problem many others have reported. Got it working eventually,
but very frustrating. Wonder if the new models are better...
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Old Dec 26, 2006, 9:49 PM   #12
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I haven't heard about a problem like that with the A530, although I haven't used it myself like I said.
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Old Dec 26, 2006, 9:53 PM   #13
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Kodak Cxxx cameras. They are easy to use and not hard for my 8 years-old to figure out.



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Old Dec 26, 2006, 9:55 PM   #14
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Thanks! Would be curious which Kodak model that is.

And how is the movie quality?
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Old Dec 27, 2006, 3:19 PM   #15
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I have an older (about 3yrs) 5mp Sony and it does everything you want and takes great shots. We paid $400 for it way back when, but I've seen the new ones that are nicer for less than $150. You can get a 2g memory stick on sale for $40, but I doubt you'd need one that big anyway. I have a 1g one that I rarely fill up, even with movies. One of the reasons I like the Sony is that the movies are nice and the audio quality on mine is first rate, which I never expected when we bought it. Plus, you are limited in mbig plus for you. If the new ones have the same or betterfeatures, your kiddo will be very happy with it, I'm sure. Oh, and they not only take alkaline AA batteries, but they usually come with their own rechargeables plus a charger, which will save a little $$$ down the road.
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Old Dec 27, 2006, 4:05 PM   #16
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I bought the Kodak C875 for my 12 year old daughter for Christmas. I got it at Staples.com for $125. See my post:

http://www.stevesforums.com/forums/view_topic.php?id=112190&forum_id=87

This camera does have zoom during movie mode, and movies seem pretty good (I have not played any through the computer yet, just the LCD). It also seems pretty easy to use. It seemed like a good price to me, particularly with 8 MP, 5x optical zoom, and the higher quality Schneider-Kreuznach lens. It also uses SD card and AA batteries, as you wanted.
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Old Dec 28, 2006, 5:46 PM   #17
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Thanks (and to Em, above). I'll check out the Sony's. The C875 seems
unavailble from "reputable" dealers, except for $188 on amazon (too much).
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