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Richard DeLong
(Legkohod) - MLife

Locale: Eastern Europe / Caucasus
USB-charging UL camera? on 04/08/2011 02:52:00 MDT Print View

I'm planning a major backpacking trip for this summer where I'll be relying on my Solio 160 gram solar charger to power an iPod and camera. The Solio charger has all sorts of connectors to fit it to many phones and cameras, but the catch is that the camera must be one that is built to charge from a computer through the USB port.

Are any of these cameras still made? If so, what would be a good quality, low-weight option?

Marc Shea
(FlytePacker) - F

Locale: Cascades
Re: USB-charging UL camera? on 04/08/2011 09:21:31 MDT Print View

Why not get some batteries that charge off of USB? It is probably easier to find a camera that takes AA batteries.

Like these http://www.amazon.com/USBCELL-AA-Rechargable-Battery-MXAA02/dp/B000LV8YKQ

Michael Crosby
(djjmikie) - MLife

Locale: Ky
Re: "USB-charging UL camera?" on 04/08/2011 09:33:35 MDT Print View

I have used a power monkey for many years and it has provided faithful service. It has the advantage of a storage vessel that is charged and in turn directly charges items.
Here is an example:

http://www.earthtechproducts.com/p2588.html

Edited by djjmikie on 04/08/2011 09:35:04 MDT.

Richard DeLong
(Legkohod) - MLife

Locale: Eastern Europe / Caucasus
found several... on 04/08/2011 10:47:24 MDT Print View

After a bit more research using better search terms I've found several _new_ cameras that charge through the USB. Seems like this is slowly becoming a mainstream option!

Olympus VR 310
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-TX10
Sony DSCWX9

Edited by Legkohod on 04/09/2011 02:05:02 MDT.

Melinda Mathews
(mel23ku) - F
Re: found several... on 02/08/2012 21:26:44 MST Print View

Did you ever end up buying one of these cameras or another type of camera that charges via USB? I'm traveling to Nepal and have the solio charger, but need to find a camera that has great quality, is light and charges through USB.

Richard DeLong
(Legkohod) - MLife

Locale: Eastern Europe / Caucasus
Solio + camera on 02/11/2012 00:49:18 MST Print View

Melinda, yes, I bought the Olympus VR 310. For 100 days in the Alps, Pyrenees, and Scottish Highlands last summer, I used the following:

Solio Charger
Olympus VR 310
iPod Touch
Apple bluetooth keyboard
iPod USB charger

This was a great combo. The Olympus VR 310 photo quality is very similar to my Canon G7, and the wide angle is great. However, the direction I am moving is probably this: replace the camera with the latest generation iPhone :)