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Joe-46er
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      11-11-2004, 09:03 PM
I think one of the most desirable features of a digital camera whether
pro or point and shoot is the use of AA batteries. I loved my Olympus
5050Z (until it was stolen) because I could use NiMH and
non-rechargeable Lithium-ion AAs. Always had a fresh 4-pak on hand.
****ed me off when the 5060 changed battery format. Now I'm looking
for a replacement camera.

Anybody know of any high rez digitals that still take AAs?



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      11-11-2004, 10:02 PM
Joe-46er <(E-Mail Removed)> wrote in
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> Anybody know of any high rez digitals that still take AAs?


All of the recent black Nikon Coolpix cameras, if you buy the optional
battery grip. I love the ergonomics of the CP-5000 with the battery grip,
and the power lasts forever.

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      11-11-2004, 10:31 PM
On Thu, 11 Nov 2004 22:02:57 GMT, bob <(E-Mail Removed)>
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>Joe-46er <(E-Mail Removed)> wrote in
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>> Anybody know of any high rez digitals that still take AAs?

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>All of the recent black Nikon Coolpix cameras, if you buy the optional
>battery grip. I love the ergonomics of the CP-5000 with the battery grip,
>and the power lasts forever.
>
>Bob


Same with 20D with a grip
 
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      11-11-2004, 10:54 PM
The Canon A95 is 5mp and runs on AA's. Not as flexible as a D-SLR, but only
$325 on Amazon.



"Joe-46er" <(E-Mail Removed)> wrote in message
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>I think one of the most desirable features of a digital camera whether
> pro or point and shoot is the use of AA batteries. I loved my Olympus
> 5050Z (until it was stolen) because I could use NiMH and
> non-rechargeable Lithium-ion AAs. Always had a fresh 4-pak on hand.
> ****ed me off when the 5060 changed battery format. Now I'm looking
> for a replacement camera.
>
> Anybody know of any high rez digitals that still take AAs?
>
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>
> _________________________________
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> "Take a little 5FU, leucovorin and oxaliplatin for thy stomach's sake." --
> 1 Timothy 5:23 (adapted)



 
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      11-12-2004, 02:35 AM
Joe-46er <(E-Mail Removed)> writes:

> Anybody know of any high rez digitals that still take AAs?


I agree on the AAs. They're ubiquitous, and I'm often in places where
rechargeables can't be recharged. AAs get me through without a problem.

The Nikon N70 has an optional 'grip' which lets you run the camera off the
AAs in the grip. I'd suspect the D70 will accept that (or a comparable)
grip as well. Check for it on B+H, Adorama, or where ever.
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      11-12-2004, 04:02 AM
It seems like a great way to go but if you think about it, it is a
tremendous disadvantage to the camera company to have to design around four
AA batteries. If they can design their own battery size and shape they can
do two things, match the power needs of their camera more closely and
secondly shape the camera without regard to having to be able to get the
required four AA batteries into it. I was like you until I realize that
having a camera that used AA batteries wasn't that big of a deal. The last
hurdle was realizing that I didn't have to buy the manufacturers batteries.
There are many after market suppliers of these batteries and their prices
are comparable to AA rechargeable


 
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      11-12-2004, 04:53 AM

Yeah...BUT .... I'm often taking pix in very cold temps, sometimes
down to -10 and there's nothin' like 4 AA non-rechargeable
lithium-ions to get me through. I just find the AAs wonderfully
convenient and light weight. Then too, I bought 100 NiMH rechargeable
for 70 cents a piece last year. Gave 'em away like candy to my friends
who really appreciated their usefulness.

Being the suspicious kind, I wonder if the change-over from AAs to
company Li-ion re-chargeables was for profit's sake rather than
design's.

My Oly 5050Z proved that 4 AAs could be held in a relatively small
camera.

Still looking. Maybe I'll just buy another 5050 again. A work of art
it is. Refurbished ones can be had for around $380.


On Thu, 11 Nov 2004 20:02:05 -0800, "cc0112453"
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> It seems like a great way to go but if you think about it, it is a
>tremendous disadvantage to the camera company to have to design around four
>AA batteries. If they can design their own battery size and shape they can
>do two things, match the power needs of their camera more closely and
>secondly shape the camera without regard to having to be able to get the
>required four AA batteries into it. I was like you until I realize that
>having a camera that used AA batteries wasn't that big of a deal. The last
>hurdle was realizing that I didn't have to buy the manufacturers batteries.
>There are many after market suppliers of these batteries and their prices
>are comparable to AA rechargeable
>





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      11-12-2004, 08:36 AM
Joe-46er wrote:
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> Being the suspicious kind, I wonder if the change-over from AAs to
> company Li-ion re-chargeables was for profit's sake rather than
> design's.


I think there is an element of that. I much prefer the single Li-Ion
package to four cells that roll all over the place when changing batteries
in the field.

What we as consumers should be pushing for is a standard, non-proprietary
Li-Ion cell range so that prices can fall, you wouldn't need to search out
that elusive shape, and you might be able to get both Li-Ion and
non-rechargeable replacements in high-street stores.

Cheers,
David


 
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      11-12-2004, 02:53 PM
On Fri, 12 Nov 2004 11:03:14 GMT, "Keith Sheppard"
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>The main reason I like AA's is that they are interchangable between
>equipment. When I go out walking the two most important devices I take with
>me are my camera and my GPS unit. As both use AA batteries, I can take a
>few spares to go into whichever device runs down first. It's much more
>flexible than having to take different batteries for each.


... and all camera manufacturers warn against using battery sets (and
they recommend using battery SETS) in mixed environments to prevent
that one of the batteries should run out before the others ... with
all the pronlems that may cause ..

 
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      11-12-2004, 04:59 PM
imbsysop <(E-Mail Removed)> writes:

>.. and all camera manufacturers warn against using battery sets (and
>they recommend using battery SETS) in mixed environments to prevent
>that one of the batteries should run out before the others ... with
>all the pronlems that may cause ..


Sure, but if you use them as sets, you won't have these problems. If
you have a GPS receiver that takes 4 AA cells, and a camera that takes 4
AA cells, and you take along one or two more sets of 4 AAs, you can use
any of the spare sets in either of the devices. This is more flexible
than having another LiIon camera battery and another set of 4 AAs for
the GPSr.

It's even better if you also have a flashlight or a radio that uses 4 AA
cells too.

Dave
 
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