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Old Nov 9, 2011, 4:05 PM   #1
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Hi everyone,
Here's another "what camera should I get" thread, I hope someone can help me out.
I know there are standard questions that need to be answered for these type of threads, but its for my girlfriend so I don't know ALL the answers, but I think I'll put in enough info.

I want to get a gift for the girlfriend, but not sure which camera I should get.
3 requirements:
1. Takes AA batteries
2. Uses the standard SD Card (I think most camera except Sony use them anyway)
3. Hopefully less than $250.00


I know, I know... the type of battery shouldn't be the main requirement, but she always liked AAs better than the proprietary batteries., and she already has Sanyo Enelopes.


I do know she always talked about how DSLR cameras are better, because she says they take better pictures...EVEN using it as automatic (which is what I think she would do). I doubt she has the patience to use manual settings.
I always thought using a DSLR on automatic mode turns it into a P&S camera, but she said thats not true.
She said that even on automatic, the picture quality is a lot better.
I admit I know nothing about that. I assume this is because DSLRs has a bigger lens therefore allows more light inside for the sensor.

But I think a DSLR is out of my price range.

Here's some more info:
If theres an option, she would prefer automatic more than manual settings.
Megapixels don't matter, as most cameras are now 10+, and thats more than enough.
Will keep the pictures on the computer with occasional prints, but mostly computer.
No post processing.
Not interested in buying additional lenses, etc.


Since Im not sure exactly what scenarios she will use it in...I'll put a couple of different options.
So whats the best camera with the 3 requirements listed in the beginning in these scenarios:

1. Best for portability (pocket size) - I heard of the Panasonic LM5 or was it LS5?, but don't know much about it.
2. Best for zoom - I assume its the Canon sx150is. But is the SX150is really that much different than the 130? I saw the 130 on sale, since the 150 is out.
3. Best picture quality
4. anything else Im missing.

Her birthday is not until Thanksgiving, so I have a little time in case theres a good camera in the pipeline to be released soon.

Thank you all!
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Old Nov 9, 2011, 7:11 PM   #2
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Hi- Your girlfriends right- even in Auto,SLR's outperform point and shoots by quite some margin- due to its much larger sensor.
Here's a link to an in depth review on the "AA" powered SX150is....
http://www.cameralabs.com/reviews/Ca...e_images.shtml

I had a SX120is which suffered terribly from lens fringing,however this seems to have been addressed in the SX150is- though I cannot vouch for the SX130is...

You're really restricting your options if you're going down the AA powered route- but hey,if that's what your girlfriend likes...!
If she doesn't mind a bit more size,the 4xAA powered Nikon L110 might be worth a look..
http://www.dpreview.com/products/nik...s/nikon_cpl110
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Old Nov 10, 2011, 2:49 PM   #3
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G'day Cam

Have a look at some in the Fuji range .... pop onto dpreview.com to check out the specs

and - your girlfriend is smarter than many others with her perception of 'value for money'

when you buy fuel - you buy litres or gallons
when you buy battery power - you buy Amps or in our camera case, milleAmps

A set of 4 Eneloops giving 2500mAh for my Fuji costs $20-$25
A 700mAh Lithium-Ion battery for my Panasonic costs $135

Each battery combo gives me 350images
There is no comparative advantage to the batteries that cost 6x as much as the AA batteries

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Meh, 3rd party batteries are very cheap.

Battery shape should surely be the very last thing to worry about.
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it occurs to me that if your gf wants a camera with dslr quality, she may not be thrilled to get a digicam. perhaps a used olympus e-pl1 would be more the thing. it's small and light, has a significantly larger sensor than any digicam, and i hear it's got good auto. doesn't take AA batteries, but otherwise seems like it covers everything.
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I'm looking for a AA powered camera too ... I have some questions:

The SX150 is mostly an upgraded version of the Canon SX130. In the SX130 review, the conclusion said: "Powerful pop-up flash". In the conclusion of the SX150 the review said "Very Weak pop-up flash". I have read both cameras specs, and the flash seems to be the same ... The ISO Comparison seems different too (SX130= Good ISO 800 Pics VS SX150=GOOD ISO 400 Pics) ... Can somebody explain these differences? What other differences should I expect between models? Thank you!
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the differences don't look amazing via this comparison of the two cameras from canon
http://www.usa.canon.com/cusa/consum...01e024801cff60

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I'm looking for a AA powered camera too ... I have some questions:

The SX150 is mostly an upgraded version of the Canon SX130. In the SX130 review, the conclusion said: "Powerful pop-up flash". In the conclusion of the SX150 the review said "Very Weak pop-up flash". I have read both cameras specs, and the flash seems to be the same ... The ISO Comparison seems different too (SX130= Good ISO 800 Pics VS SX150=GOOD ISO 400 Pics) ... Can somebody explain these differences? What other differences should I expect between models? Thank you!
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SX150is....

If she doesn't mind a bit more size,the 4xAA powered Nikon L110 might be worth a look..
Thanks for the advice.

I saw the L120 in the store, it was about $30 more than the SX150IS.

2 questions:
1. Is the L120 a better overall camera than the 150? if so, then I'll spend the extra $30 and get that.

2. Battery question. The 150 use 2 AA, the L120 uses 4.
Assuming she has 4 AAs.
I assume the 150 will last about twice as long as the L120?
because like the IS150 will take X pictures and so will the L120.
But when the IS150 runs out of power, she still has 2 batteries in her pocket.
Right?

Thanks!
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G'day cam

I wouldn't worry too much about 2 vs 4 batteries 'coz they're so cheap
Look into the camera specs and work out if the extra features of the L150 suit you better than the L120

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