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I need to buy a camera today - HELP!
Ok, I don't know much about digi cameras..

I need to get one urgently..

Needs to be compact point and shoot type but with manual options for aperture/ shutter/focus.

Should have rechargeable battery.

Should take video with Zoom capability in video.

Should have stabiliser technology.

As compact/light as possible.

Good minimum zoom.

As good a picture quality as I can get - budget is $400 - $450.

Maybe something similar to the Canon Powershot A710?.

Let me know!..

Comments (10)

Just about any point and shoot in your price range will do what you want..

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Comment #1

The Canon a720 is the latest version of the a710 and meets your criteria...

Comment #2

A720 has AA batteries..

Isn't that a pain to always need to have AA batteries around?.

Much better with rechargeable?.

Also it's over 4cm thick..

Comment #3

Savak wrote:.

Ok, I don't know much about digi cameras..

I need to get one urgently..

Needs to be compact point and shoot type but with manual options foraperture/ shutter/focus.

Should have rechargeable battery.

Should take video with Zoom capability in video.

Should have stabiliser technology.

As compact/light as possible.

Good minimum zoom.

As good a picture quality as I can get - budget is $400 - $450.

Maybe something similar to the Canon Powershot A710?.

Let me know!.

Panasonic LX2:.

Well built (metal body), fully manual, wideangle lens, sensor and LCD, RAW if you need it, image stabilisation, and fits in jacket (but not trouser) pocket..

Excellent battery life, with own rechargeable battery..

Though can't zoom while videoing (that is quite a niche market I think)..

Great outdoors, not so good indoors/low light..

Alex..

Comment #4

I use Eneloops rechargeable batteries and get 200+ pics including flash use and reviewing pics. I keep a set of batteries charged and therefore always have replacements available. I haven't found the batteries to be a big deal. Certainly the size of the camera is very important and whether it is small enough is something you'll have to judge. I find that the camera is small and light enough to keep in my purse or backpack all the time...

Comment #5

How come the A720 is cheaper than the A710? that doesn't sound right...

Comment #6

Just guessing but since it's been replaced by the a720 there are fewer 710s available and still some demand so no need to discount the price. Same thing happened with the Canon sd700. Replaced by another model but the price was not discounted although the new model was more expensive...

Comment #7

Savak wrote:.

A720 has AA batteries..

Isn't that a pain to always need to have AA batteries around?.

Much better with rechargeable?.

Also it's over 4cm thick.

Using AA batteries is a desireable feature. There are rechargeable AAs (at any Walmart, etc.) which can even be bought in a package with a charger (ca $12). The best are hybrids such as Eneloops, Rayovac, or Kodak "Precharged" which will hold a charge over a year. (Conventional rechargeables don't hold a charge well.) When you run out of charge because you forgot to change batteries and you naturally forgot to bring a fresh set along, you step into any drugstore and buy a set of alkaline AAs to see you through the day until you can get at your spare set or recharge. Try doing that with proprietary rechargeable designs..

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Comment #8

Thank you. You make a good case for AA's..

Think I've decided on the Canon A720. Partly because I need it ASAP and it seems decent enough..

Thanks to everyone..

Comment #9

Should work out for you. I pretty sure you'll find the batteries won't be an issue if you use the hybrids. Regarding size, it seems like almost everyone has to compromise when it comes to a P&S, ie the Panasonic is smaller but doesn't have video zoom, the a720/710 is bigger but with the zoom. The a710 has a Digic II processor and the a720 has a Digic III processor. Diff is III has face detection II doesn't. II has CHDK hack that can be loaded and provides functions that are available in the higher end P&S such as a histogram and RAW.



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