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Looking to upgrade from my old Kodak easyshare. I want a digital camera that uses AA batteries, and the smallest camera I can find. My question is this; where in all these camera specifications do I see how long a delay between shots? That's been my biggest compaint with the Kodak. Also, can anyone recommend a camera under $200 for me that uses AA, is compact and is quick between shots? Thanks...

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Deniseflorida wrote:.

Looking to upgrade from my old Kodak easyshare. I want a digitalcamera that uses AA batteries, and the smallest camera I can find. Myquestion is this; where in all these camera specifications do I seehow long a delay between shots? That's been my biggest compaint withthe Kodak. Also, can anyone recommend a camera under $200 for me thatuses AA, is compact and is quick between shots? Thanks..

The smaller the camera, the less battery space there is, and the longer the time between flash shots  it is difficult to work around these laws of physics..

Why AAs? You will get more shots between charges with a good lithium ion battery. Buy two batteries and keep them both charged..

Brian A...

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Hi Brian, thanks for your response. I've been using AA Lithiums in my old Kodak and I'm impressed over just how long they last...forever it seems. I was trying to get away from having to use a rechargable battery, since we travel to Europe often and I didn't want to carry the charger. Duh! Why didn't I think of buying a spare? You've opened a whole new choice in cameras for me. Thanks so much...

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Deniseflorida wrote:.

Hi Brian, thanks for your response. I've been using AA Lithiums in myold Kodak and I'm impressed over just how long they last...forever itseems. I was trying to get away from having to use a rechargablebattery, since we travel to Europe often and I didn't want to carrythe charger. Duh! Why didn't I think of buying a spare? You've openeda whole new choice in cameras for me. Thanks so much..

I was in Europe early this summer. I usually travel with a Canon dSLR (or two) but I decided to travel light and only took a Fuji F31fd with spare battery. I never had to use the spare battery and never had the battery run out during the day..

The F31fd is an excellent, inexpensive camera, with great low light performance, but unfortunately no longer available. The high ISO performance is such that I have no idea what the flash to flash delay is. It has a built in charger, which means nothing extra to carry, but the internal charger isn't as fast as an external one and you can't be using one in the camera while charging the other (perhaps something to watch out for)..

You can get third party batteries for most cameras at a fraction of the cost of OEM batteries and sometimes these have larger capacities than the originals..

Brian A...

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Hugowolf wrote:.

Deniseflorida wrote:.

Hi Brian, thanks for your response. I've been using AA Lithiums in myold Kodak and I'm impressed over just how long they last...forever itseems..

Yes, those AA Lithiums are amazing..

The F31fd is an excellent, inexpensive camera, with great low lightperformance, but unfortunately no longer available. The high ISOperformance is such that I have no idea what the flash to flash delayis. It has a built in charger, which means nothing extra to carry,but the internal charger isn't as fast as an external one and youcan't be using one in the camera while charging the other (perhapssomething to watch out for)..

Denise, are you concerned about the shot-2-shot time w/ or w/o flash?.

Charlie DavisNikon 5700 & Sony R1HomePage: http://www.1derful.infoBridge Blog: http://www.here-ugo.com/BridgeBlog/..

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Hi, thanks for all the tips. I'll be shopping on-line today and I'll probably be back here many times to check out the models, this site is great. Denise..

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Hi Charlie, thanks for your response. Honestly, I didn't know there was a difference the time with or without flash, until I started reading info. on this site. I guess I'm concerned with both actually. I still haven't figured out where to find this information on this site. I see all the specs on each camera, where do I look to see how quickly I can take photos one after the other? Thanks again, D...

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Deniseflorida wrote:.

I still haven't figured out where to find this information on thissite. I see all the specs on each camera, where do I look to see howquickly I can take photos one after the other? Thanks again, D..

On this site, the "Timings and Sizes" page gives some of the numbers you want. For example:.

Http://www.dpreview.com/reviews/canona640/page5.asp.

Another good site is Imaging Resource. Their "Perfomance" page gives this information:.

Http://www.imaging-resource.com/PRODS/A640/A640A6.HTM.

Not every camera of interest will have full reviews available, of course. Bear in mind also that test procedures can vary from one site to another, so it's best to make direct comparisons between models using the same site wherever possible...

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Deniseflorida wrote:.

Hi Charlie, thanks for your response. Honestly, I didn't know therewas a difference the time with or without flash, until I startedreading info. on this site. I guess I'm concerned with both actually..

The link I gave you in my previous post will give you the cycle time w/o flash. It's really hard to quantify the flash recycle time. Flashes are automatic and only produce as much light as needed for proper exposure. If you take a picture of a close object in a well-lit setting, the flash doesn't have to do much. This is called "fill flash", since the flash is just filling in the slightly shaddowy areas. It doesn't take much energy to do fill flash, thus the storage capacitor in the flash will charge up quickly for the next shot.

The flash has to provide ALL the light for this picture and the storage capacitor will be totally drained. Recharging it will take MANY seconds. Also, the type of battery used and the condition of the battery have a substantial effect on the recharge time..

I still haven't figured out where to find this information on thissite. I see all the specs on each camera, where do I look to see howquickly I can take photos one after the other? Thanks again, D..

As I explained, don't bother looking here! The information is probably in there, but you will spend days trying to find all the answers. Use the link I gave you..

Don't be a donkey (you can lead a donkey to water, but you can't make it drink the water). .

Charlie DavisNikon 5700 & Sony R1HomePage: http://www.1derful.infoBridge Blog: http://www.here-ugo.com/BridgeBlog/..

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Hugowolf wrote:.

The F31fd is an excellent, inexpensive camera, with great low lightperformance, but unfortunately no longer available..

It's a great camera but hardly inexpensive.........it costs more today on eBay than the mfg's list price when introduced.........$450-$550Regards,Hank.

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Hi Guys,.

I'm shopping on-line right now. Notice that Sony cameras are 3X optical zoom and some others are 4. Is this a concern? If you had $200 to spend on a camera today, what would you buy?..

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Deniseflorida wrote:.

If you had $200 to spend on a camera today, what would you buy?.

.........if you could spend $40-$50 more.....the Canon SD800IS or SD850IS. They both have IS, are subcompact and use lithium-ion batteries..

Http://www.dpreview.com/...cameras=canon_sd800is%2Ccanon_sd850is&show=all.

Regards,Hank.

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Hi Hank, you are so helpful, thanks. I've decided that I do have a little more $ to spend. After reading reviews here, I'm leaning towards Canon 870 for $309 total with tax with coupon (not on-line). What do you think? Is it worth the extra $ over the 2 Canons you showed me? I'll anxiously await your reply! Take care, Denise..

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Deniseflorida wrote:.

Hi Hank, you are so helpful, thanks. I've decided that I do have alittle more $ to spend. After reading reviews here, I'm leaningtowards Canon 870 for $309 total with tax with coupon (not on-line).What do you think? Is it worth the extra $ over the 2 Canons youshowed me? I'll anxiously await your reply! Take care, Denise.

That's a great price and you'll probably get a lot of use at the wide end (28mm)..

This has almost gone full circle and here's a related/interesting thread from someone who is going through the same agony within the same budget.........http://forums.dpreview.com/...forums/read.asp?forum=1010&message=25749583.

Regards,Hank.

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Thanks, Hank, you're the best. I've replied to the other person looking for same. take care and happy holidays to you. Denise..

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.........and Happy Holidays to you and your family. Good luck with your purchase and hope to see some results in the Canon forum........Regards,Hank.

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