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Old Jan 1, 2015, 9:01 PM   #1
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Default Replacement for a Pentax Optio 43WR

Hi,

My last camera, which I bought about 10 years ago, was a Pentax Optio 43WR. It seems to have come up lost, and I'd like to be able to replace it with a more current model with some of the features that I liked about the 43WR - the drop / shock / water resistance and use of readily available batteries (AA, in this case).

I'd greatly appreciate it if anyone could give recommendations.

Thx in advance,

Kevin
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Old Jan 2, 2015, 5:54 AM   #2
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The better cameras today don't use AAs anymore, but a battery pack that has to be recharged.
There is bridge camera that's weather and dust resitant, the Fujifilm Finepix S1. But it's much larger than your 43WR.
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The Nikon Coolpix S30 is shock and weatherproof and uses AA batteries. The most recent in this series the S31(2013) or S32(2014) use
a rechargable battery. Both have a very small sensors, so the IQ may not be that good.
What is your budget and what are you taking pictues of?
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Old Jan 2, 2015, 7:44 PM   #4
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Thanks for the replies...

Yeah, even when I bought the 43WR most of the available cameras, especially the better ones, didn't use AAs or AAAs. I just like the convenience of being able to buy batteries wherever I happen to be. I also like the convenience of it being small enough to slip it in my pocket and take it anywhere with me.

I'll definitely have a look at the Nikon Coolpix S30. I plan to use it for general purpose, indoors & out, on the beach, on a boat, etc. I think I'll want to keep the cost below $300.
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THere are lots of decent cameras in your price range, but they all use rechargable batteries.
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