battery recharge problem

Discussion in 'Digital Point & Shoot Camera' started by Dan Valleskey, Nov 2, 2005.

  1. Starting to plan a Summer 2 week wilderness trip. Would like to use
    digital camera, but I do not know how we can replace/ recharge the

    The Olympus we have now (C-765) uses a funny little LI battery.
    Battery life is terrible, but usually it is not a problem.

    Does anyone still make midrange digital cameras that can use AA or AAA
    batteries? Easiest way might be to buy a bunch of batteries, replace
    as needed. But the stuff I am seeing for sale uses propriatary
    batteries, far as I have seen.

    We could use a solar panel (canoe trip, ya know). but still not sure
    how to get the solar panel output to charge a battery.

    We could buy a few more batteries for present camera, but at 35 a pop,
    that is not very economical. especially after having to buy extra
    memory too.

    Pentax has a Optio that is waterproof, that would be a nice choice for
    this trip, and for other canoe trips afterwards. But that is not
    going to get me past the battery problem.

    Any suggestions?


    Dan Valleskey, Nov 2, 2005
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  2. Dan Valleskey

    Paul Heslop Guest

    loads of cams do the AA option, tbh, including Olympus. Best way is
    just take a look on the sites where they sell cams, see what option
    are available. For instance, you have the 765, I have the (not as
    good) 725 and mine uses AA batteries.
    Paul Heslop, Nov 2, 2005
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  3. mine uses propriaetary batteries.

    Actually, many new cameras are leaning that way. I am looking around
    on Steve's digital camera web site, he has a listing for "battery
    used", that is helping some.

    right now, leaning toward the sony dsc-u60; waterproof, uses AAAs.
    Also, Casio offers very long battery life.


    Dan Valleskey, Nov 3, 2005
  4. Dan Valleskey

    Paul Heslop Guest

    just sorry i couldn't be of more help but there are far too many AA
    using cams to list. I think it tends to be the lower priced ones using
    AA but not always.
    Paul Heslop, Nov 3, 2005
  5. Dan Valleskey

    GMAN Guest

    The Canon S2 IS is not a lower end and it uses AA's
    GMAN, Nov 5, 2005
  6. Dan Valleskey

    peter Guest

    Almost all cameras have a DC input socket. Why not use an external
    battery pack (on your belt?). NiCd or NiMH can be recharged from almost
    any source with a low tech charger, and the Lithium cell saved for when
    you have a civilised power supply
    peter, Nov 5, 2005
  7. GMAN wrote:
    The Canon S2 IS is off-topic in this group.
    It is on-topic in:

    David J Taylor, Nov 5, 2005
  8. Dan Valleskey

    Paul Heslop Guest

    :O) I knew this would happen. I wasn't being snide or anything, I
    just meant that it's easier to find cams using AA in the lower price
    ranges, and even then probably too simplified, as I class anything
    over £500 as being ridiculously expensive.
    Paul Heslop, Nov 5, 2005
  9. Dan Valleskey

    Paul Heslop Guest

    Not to the OP it's not and his C765 is a similar cam
    Paul Heslop, Nov 5, 2005
  10. caters for cameras with manual focus, aperture and
    shutter control, which includes the C765. Whether you would consider it
    SLR-like, though, might be open for debate!

    David J Taylor, Nov 5, 2005
  11. Dan Valleskey

    Paul Heslop Guest

    :O) For sure
    Paul Heslop, Nov 5, 2005
  12. Dan Valleskey

    Guest Guest

    Actually caters to nothing since nobody
    posts there. Please stop whining about it.
    Guest, Nov 5, 2005
  13. Perhaps your news feed is faulty? I can see 900+ posts there, versus the
    500+ posts here.

    I do now see more in common between ZLR cameras and P&S, and wonder if the
    interests of non-DSLR users might best served by one combined group. What
    do you think?

    David J Taylor, Nov 5, 2005
  14. Dan Valleskey

    Paul Heslop Guest

    I was going to mention that small point
    Paul Heslop, Nov 5, 2005
  15. If you look further, you will see that I have made some positive

    David J Taylor, Nov 6, 2005
  16. I don't even know what zlr stands for.


    Dan Valleskey, Nov 7, 2005
  17. Yes, that was something we discussed a lot at time of the group's
    creation. We tried hard to find a better term, and could not. ZLR is
    defined here:

    as "an acronym for Zoom Lens Reflex", and generally means a high-end
    consumer camera of SLR-like appearance with full manual controls and a
    zoom lens.

    There was a desire at the time of forming the news groups to separate out
    the cameras which looked like SLRs and had lots of manual control
    (shutter, aperture, focus etc.) from the very simple "press the button
    only" cameras (which also tended to be smaller). Perhaps people would
    want to progress from limited capability point+shoot to full capability
    ZLR cameras.

    But, that's all water under the bridge now.

    I am coming round to the idea that covering both type of camera in one
    group might benefit both sets of enthusiasts, and with the advances in
    smaller cameras (seeing image stabilisation systems in pocket cameras, for
    example) there is some justification. This would then leave with three sub-groups

    - slr-systems (interchangeable lens cameras)
    - fixed lens (the existing point+shoot and zlr)
    - rangefinder

    It is this idea that I was suggesting for discussion, so I'll cross-post
    it to the ZLR group as well.

    David J Taylor, Nov 7, 2005
  18. Dan Valleskey

    Paul Heslop Guest


    Paul Heslop, Nov 7, 2005
  19. Dan Valleskey

    Dave Sill Guest

    First, the procedure for creating/removing/renaming groups is
    currently on hold pending redevelopment. Any discussion or potential
    reorganization at this point is premature.

    Second, r.p.d.rangefinder is pretty much dead at the moment.

    Third, I'm not sure that throwing point+shoot and zlr together would
    be beneficial. Some zlr users would fit better with the slr group.

    If I was reorganizing the hierarchy right now, I might go with two
    groups something like:

    r.p.d.automatic (point+shoot, and zlr/slr in fully auto mode)
    r.p.d.manual (zlr/slr/etc in a mode with manual control of at least
    one major setting)

    Or maybe:


    I don't think, in general, that it's a good idea to name the groups
    after a technology in the camera that might be obsolete in 5-10
    years. A functional breakdown should stand the test of time.

    But... We need to wait and see what happens with the management of the
    Big 8 hierarchy before we seriously discuss a reorganization.
    Dave Sill, Nov 7, 2005
  20. It sure is.
    Agreed. We have RPD as a catch-all. We will need, for some time, forums for
    DSLR types and P&S types. I'd think that those two sub-groups should serve
    for a decent interval. I'd vote for 3 groups: Digital, P&S, DSLRs. I know,
    the problem with P&S is in its demeaning connotations. A more clever name
    is in order.
    Charles Schuler, Nov 9, 2005
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