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Old May 11, 2005, 5:28 PM   #1
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It seems that all the ultra-compacts use proprietary batteries. What is the most compact camera that utilizes AA's, assuming the optical zoom is 3x? That is, a camera that could slip into your shirt pocket without too much of a bulge.
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Old May 11, 2005, 5:53 PM   #2
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i think the casio qv-r62 and qv-r51 are about as smallas it gets with a camera that uses standard AA batteries.. they are actually not much bigger than casio's ultracompact line, just a bit thicker..

check out this link from steves review of this camera.. it looks to be quite a nice little camera and should fit your bill quite nicely.. (There is a size comparison at the bottom of this page)

http://www.steves-digicams.com/2005_reviews/qvr62.html
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The Olympus D-595 looks to be in the same ballpark as the qv-r62 and qv-r51...two AA batteries, 4.1" x 2.4" x 1.4", 6.7 oz., 5 MP, 3X zoom.

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Old May 13, 2005, 6:42 PM   #4
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The Pentax Optio S50 (smallest) or the Nikon Coolpix 7600 both look to be small enough and both use cheap SD cards. Also check out the spces for the upcoming PENTAX Optio S55.

Only the Nikon has an AF Assist lamp.

The Olympus D-595 does not have an AF Assist lamp and uses more expensive xD cards which top out at 1GB (SD goes up to 2GB).
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