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Old Dec 5, 2009, 6:59 PM   #1
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Hi. I am looking to get an easy to operate P&S camera for my parents. I would like it under $150 because they don't have a camera now, and probably won't use it too often, but if they had one they might use it a little. I have had Canon P&S in the past and have been happy with them, and noticed an SD1200 and an A1100 at Costco for $150 and $140 respectively. The reason it would be nice to get it there is I can have it shipped to them, and if they find they aren't going to use it they could return it easily at a retail store. There is also a Nikon Coolpix S220 for $130. If there is something out there much better for around this price, then I might consider it, so you don't have to limit your opinions to just these. But if these are comparable, it would make it easier. Thanks!
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Welcome to the Forum. We are glad you dropped by.

The Canon 1100 which you found at Costco would be a very good choice, as would be the Canon A-480 camera. The Canon SD-1200 has buttons that are too small for some older folks.
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Hi. I am looking to get an easy to operate P&S camera for my parents. I would like it under $150 because they don't have a camera now, and probably won't use it too often, but if they had one they might use it a little. I have had Canon P&S in the past and have been happy with them, and noticed an SD1200 and an A1100 at Costco for $150 and $140 respectively. The reason it would be nice to get it there is I can have it shipped to them, and if they find they aren't going to use it they could return it easily at a retail store. There is also a Nikon Coolpix S220 for $130. If there is something out there much better for around this price, then I might consider it, so you don't have to limit your opinions to just these. But if these are comparable, it would make it easier. Thanks!
The Canon A1100 may take decent pics for a budget P+S but....it chews up AA batteries like crazy from what i've read. If I wanted a P+S at $150 or less I'd opt for a Panasonic or Canon offering that didn't use AA batteries.

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Your post echoes my exact thoughts. The Canon A-1100 is very hard on batteries, especially if the user installs alkaline batteries. It is much better when hybrid batteries like the Ray-o-Vac Hybrid, or Sanyo Eneloops are used. And the A-1100 is best when the new higher voltage (1.6v instead of 1.2v) NIZN batteries are used.

The Panasonic FS-42 would be my #! choice. But that is a decision the OP has to make.

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Thanks for the advice. I was thinking that too about the AA batteries. I don't think they will use this a ton, so it might not a be a problem, but if I go with that some rechargeables would probably be a good idea. I do like the bump out where the batteries go that give you something to grip onto. All of these flat thin cameras are nice to fit in a pocket, but I have even found they aren't as easy to hang on to. I appreciate the quick replies. I will be in the market for a camera soon too and will definitely post here!

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The Canon SX-120, now selling for $199, has that bump out position that provides an ample grip. The Sx-120 has 10X optical zoom, a good built-in flash, and is capable of good images up to and including ISO 800. The SX-120 uses two AA cells and it is very easy on batteries. I use Eneloops in mine. But I did not mention it as it goes above your stated budget.

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I think I am leaning toward the A-1100 now with the price and the reviews I have read. Those slim ones like the Coolpix S220 and a couple Casios too seem nice and small, but I think you are right in that the buttons might be too small and hard to hold onto.
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The Canon A-1100 and A-2100 are hard to beat for value and image quality. They are the biggest bang for the buck in this price niche.

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