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Old Nov 8, 2009, 1:07 PM   #1
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I'd like to purchase a simple-to-use camera for for my husband to take on a long motorcycle trip. Price is negotiable, but I'd prefer the $200-$250 range.

He'll be using it mostly for still shots of scenery, people and motorcycles.

Requirements:
Approx. 1000-2000 picture SD memory card
AA batteries
Optical viewfinder
Point and Shoot

Preferences:
Timer
10X zoom
Slim package


In the past, we've had a Fujifilm, which we loved, and an Olympus, which is OK, and a cheap Samsung, which is a little less OK.

Thank you!
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Welcome to the Forum. Thanks for dropping by.

It sounds as if the new Kodak Z-915 camera might fit your requirements quite nicely. Please take a look at the camera and we can chat some more.

Have a great day.

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It looks like almost exactly what we need. But it doesn't seem to have an optical viewfinder... Am I missing something?

Thanks for your help!

Picture of the back Z915
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That is correct. The Kodak Z-915, like many cameras at that price point, does not have an optical viewfinder. If you need an optical viewfinder take a look at the Canon SD-780 or SD-1200 cameras. They both have optical viewfinders.

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I believe it is the Canon SD-1100 IS that has AA batteries. I would take a look at that one if you want an optical VF with AA support.

Don't both the 780 and 1200 use the LI NB4 and NB6 respectively?
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You an entirely correct. I was focused on finding the OVF. My goof, it should be the Canon SD-1100 you are looking for, I guess I need more coffee.

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You an entirely correct. I was focused on finding the OVF. My goof, it should be the Canon SD-1100 you are looking for, I guess I need more coffee.

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another option might be the SX 10 IS, with its 10x zoom and AA battery support, and a nice electronic viewfinder. The only problem is its slightly out of the price range at around ~360-380USD.
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Thank you both so much! We have some options to look into now.

What do you think about the Canon A1000 IS?
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The Canon A-1000 is well priced and capable of excellent snapshot photos.

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