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Old Jul 8, 2009, 2:38 AM   #1
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Default Replace my Canon720 with one with HD/longish zoom/li- ion battery

I'm just about fed up with the appalling battery life of my Canon 720 (the two AA's just can't cut it; long flash recycle, flat batteries after a few shots and a few days storage) so I'm looking for something to replace it with.

High on the priorities is Li-Ion battery as I figure two Li-Ion batteries should beat the 6 NiMH AA's I carry now. I also want a better than average zoom and like the idea of recording at 720 (even if it's only for 15 to 30 minutes at a time).

Budget will be around 200 or $350 max. I don't mind the camera platform, ultra,normal or bridge it the price fits.

Any ideas anyone?
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Old Jul 8, 2009, 6:43 AM   #2
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...(the two AA's just can't cut it...I'm looking for something to replace it with...
If you like the camera itself, have you considered any of the following (if they'll fit the compartment)...

1. Li throwaway AAs;
2. Li throwaway CR-V3;
3. Rechargeable Li-ion CR-V3 ?

All of these were invented, in part, to fit and fix the "one up and one down" AA problem.

I use all of these, on occasion, in my Kodak superzooms, in preference to their proprietary Li-ion battery. In my other cameras, with specialist Li-ion batteries, I'm stuck with the proprietary ones, until competitor batteries appear, with all their pitfalls. I can't even get a spare one from the manufacturer for the camera I bought for my daughter recently.
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Old Jul 8, 2009, 7:36 AM   #3
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Try Sanyo Eneloop rechargeable AA's. They have a long battery life (hundreds of shots) and don't lose their charge between uses. They've worked great with my Canon A720is.
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I've tried Eneloops - they, like all other batteries work fine if I use the camera on day one. At a recent friends wedding I took about 300 pictures without flash using the drive mode. On other occassions I'll take say 10 pictures on day 1, remove the batteries for storage and then say a week later the camera will say to change the batteries after another 10 or so shots. I've tried all sorts of rechargeable batteries and can't justify buying throwaway Li AA's. I don't think the CR-V3 will fit in the battery compartment either. I wanted the A720 because I liked the idea of running out of juice and the ability to use store AA's.

I've had an IXUS before the A720 and the propriety Li-Ion battery was only inferior in that I needed to have one spare precharged. I don't mind this now and will keep the A720 as a backup camera.

Any ideas on suggested cameras?
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For a few standouts with dedicated ion batt try the
Canon SD970 IS, Fuji F200EXR, Panasonic FS25, Panasonic ZS3, and Sony H20.

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For a few standouts with dedicated ion batt try the
Canon SD970 IS, Fuji F200EXR, Panasonic FS25, Panasonic ZS3, and Sony H20.

Kelly Cook
Thanks Kelly - some food for thought.

I just read on a seperate forum that the Canon Powershot series can have issues with the battery lid - the claim is that by putting something underneath the positive terminal it makes a better contact with one of the batteries. This is the cause of the battery problems. I'm trying this now and testing but still think a new HD spec camera will be the way to go (because we all like buying new things!)

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Matt

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Old Jul 8, 2009, 6:54 PM   #7
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That only makes any sense with the Canon A-series (and E1) cameras. They are the ones with 2 AA batteries. The SD-series have only the one ion battery, not 2 batts. None of the cameras in the list I gave have 2 batts.

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