Point and Shoot that uses AAs?

Discussion in '35mm Cameras' started by Phil Stripling, Jan 13, 2006.

  1. I'm looking for a decent, shirt-pocket sized P&S that runs on AAs. Two or
    three megapixels is sufficient and the ability to do short QT videos would
    be nice. I have a CoolPix 990, and it's the right size in picture quality
    but it's too big to have on me all the time.

    Nikon has 4 cameras that run on 2 AAs, and they get bad reviews at
    Steve's. Two batteries doesn't seem to offer enough power (my 990 uses
    4). Anybody know of other brands that have P&Ses that run on AAs?

    (I'm in areas for a week or for two weeks where there is no electricity and
    I can't recharge batteries. I can bring all the AAs I need.)
    Phil Stripling, Jan 13, 2006
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    Draco Guest

    If you do not want to switch, Olympus P/S
    digitals use between two or four AA's.

    The Nikon S4 is a good camera, metal body and
    the lens swivals like to 990. But it will
    fit into a shirt pocket. Plus the controls
    and software would be more comfortable
    for you. Since they are set very simular
    to what you have now.


    Getting even isn't good enough.
    Draco, Jan 13, 2006
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    Robert C. Guest

    Canon PowerShot A95
    Robert C., Jan 13, 2006
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    Walter Banks Guest

    Serious consider rechargeable or aa rechargeable the costs are dropping and the capacity is going up a lot every year.

    Walter Banks, Jan 13, 2006
  5. Ah, crap. My apologies. I've posted this in the 35mm newsgroup instead of
    rec.photo.digital. I'll transfer my query there. Sorry -- I wasn't paying
    attention to where I was.
    Phil Stripling, Jan 13, 2006
  6. I do use rechargeables AAs ordinarily. My issue remains that I spend time
    in areas where I cannot get to electricity to recharge, hence the need for
    disposable batteries.
    Phil Stripling, Jan 13, 2006
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    no_name Guest

    Canon Powershots should use AA batteries. Don't know if they do QT video
    or what, but the A60 I have does some kind of video mode. The only
    problem I had with it is it quit working when the temp got over 140 deg F.

    OTOH, it's one of those Canon recalled and repaired under warranty (even
    though the warranty was technically expired). Seems to be working good
    as new now, and hopefully I won't have to go back where the temp is over
    no_name, Jan 13, 2006
  8. That's OK. I would like to know of a good _film_ P&S that uses
    AA's. These CR123[or whatever] things are an abomination.
    TTTT, though, I will probably stick with my T4's.
    Nicholas O. Lindan, Jan 13, 2006
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    ajuk.uk Guest

    AA's means big, the best P&S camera these days is the Olympus Stylus
    Epic, no zoom and it takes a CR2, if it must take AA's then I cant help
    ajuk.uk, Jan 13, 2006
  10. My Nikon F5 has a P&S mode, (program mode) and it uses AA's (8 of them), but
    it won't fit in your shirt pocket, unless you are King Kong........
    William Graham, Jan 13, 2006
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    Doug Payne Guest

    Try a solar charger; I spend lots of time in remote areas and solar
    works fine for recharging batteries. As long as it's not the Arctic in
    winter :)
    Doug Payne, Jan 13, 2006
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    TheDave© Guest

    I was gonna say that. I have that one. Great camera, but just a bit
    big for "pocket-size", if the OP means shirt pockets. Still, very
    managble. Not too small as some have gotten, IMHO.
    TheDave©, Jan 13, 2006
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    Robert C. Guest

    I think it meets the OP's request quite well: 5MP, Video ability, 4AA
    battery (relatively good battery life), CF card (Easy and inexpensive card
    availability), 12X Optical + Digital Zoom. Yes, it is slightly larger than a
    shirt pocket, but it fits in your hand very nicely; I found the smaller
    "shirt pocket"-sized cameras just did not fit right in my hand.
    Robert C., Jan 14, 2006
  14. It won't fit in my pants pocket, either. :->

    Punch lines left to the imagination of the reader.
    Phil Stripling, Jan 14, 2006
  15. Uh, hasn't it been discontinued? Any new ones still available somewhere?
    Phil Stripling, Jan 14, 2006
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    TheDave© Guest

    I believe it has been officially discontinued, but I have seen new ones
    available just recently.
    TheDave©, Jan 14, 2006
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    TheDave© Guest

    That's my feeling, also. There is a point where a camera becomes too
    small for comfortable use, and the A95 does not cross that line.
    TheDave©, Jan 14, 2006
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    bjw Guest

    How about an Olympus XA? It uses 2x MS76/SR44 button
    batteries and they last longer than AAs as well. It isn't really
    a P&S as it has manual focus with an RF, aperture priority AE,
    unmotorized wind/rewind, and basically no shutter lag.
    For me, these are generally pluses, but your mileage may vary.

    Olympus made some AF P+Ses before the Stylus that took
    non-CR123 batteries. I have an Infinity Jr that takes 2xAAA
    or one CR123, which was a pretty modest P+S but capable
    of reasonably decent pictures - it has a 35mm lens, no zoom,
    and shorter shutter lag than the average P+S.
    You have to go back farther for AAs and the cameras are
    a little bigger. Anyway, experimenting would be cheap since
    people are practically giving these away now.
    bjw, Jan 14, 2006
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    Bandicoot Guest

    King Kong wears a shirt?...

    Bandicoot, Jan 14, 2006
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    no_name Guest

    Brooks Brothers!
    no_name, Jan 15, 2006
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