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Old Oct 19, 2011, 11:59 AM   #1
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I am going to Africa and will want a camera with an option for at least 5X zoom. I was thinking of a Canon SLR or the G12. Neither accept AA batteries which I think are an advantage. Are there any similar cameras that use AA. Budget is below $1,000. Cheap is good, but quality is a prime consideration. I usually use point and shoot but will use other options in tricky lighting. Thanks/
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Old Oct 19, 2011, 5:34 PM   #2
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pentax K-x takes AA, and sanyo eneloop AA last for almost 700 photos without using a flash before needing to recharge. The pentax K-r can use AA as well with the AA adapter.
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Old Oct 20, 2011, 4:44 PM   #3
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G'day Gary

Another set of possibilities ...

maybe one of the Fuji HS models may suit - I believe they use AAs & 20x zoom could be very useful + the light weight to carry around,
another is to take a 12volt recharger with you so you can plug it into any vehicle cigarette lighter socket while you're on the road ...

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If you are thinking of ease of purchasing AA batteries while away then it is worth checking what power drain is like. The Canon SX1 for example will not last long on normal AA batteries but will do really well on Hybrid ones (Eneloop, Hybrio etc). If you are charging AA then no real advantage over using any other camera with a rechargeable battery. A car charger might be worth looking into as mentioned by Phil.
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There is no real advantage to AA as Mark says. Alkaline batteries hold such a low charge they are really not worth it and turn out to be incredibly expensive.

And if you are using rechargeables the who cares what shape they are?
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But you can get lithium AA in bigger cities. They last.
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Is your concern and the reason you want to use AA have anything to do with not be able to charge batteries or being without a power source on your trip? I have seen similar posts from people going to Africa and be out in the wilderness away from power sources........

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But you can get lithium AA in bigger cities. They last.
True, but if you are in a bigger city then charging is no problem and free compared to buying lithium batteries. If you can't charge for a while just get a couple of spare batteries or sets for whatever type the camera takes, be that AA or camera specific.
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Yeah, lithiums are really expensive. A solar charger might be better. Also, you have to be really roughing it to be away from any power for recharging.
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True, but if you are in a bigger city then charging is no problem and free compared to buying lithium batteries. If you can't charge for a while just get a couple of spare batteries or sets for whatever type the camera takes, be that AA or camera specific.
You can get AA lithium outside of Johannesburg. And some of the camp sites for safari has no power. You can just buy couple of sets of 8 dollar lithium and you are good for well over 2000 photos. Which is a very safe way to avoid running out of power, and not to expensive.
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