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Gerry Volpe
(gvolpe)

Locale: Vermont
Point and shoot for around 100 Bucks on 06/01/2011 14:08:56 MDT Print View

I know next to nothing about camera's but my old digital died on my last backpacking trip and it was heavy and bulky. I am having a baby this summer which means I really need to replace the camera soon and I cannot spend alot. I would like a basic point and shoot for around a hundred bucks. I know this is not alot and doesn't give much for you to work with. I will list some of my preferences but am open to anything.

Size and weight are certainly an issue but for 100$ not the defining one.

Decent image

Video

Some optical zoom

AA? seems convenient but I am open to other ideas

Thanks
Gerry

Edited by gvolpe on 06/01/2011 14:09:32 MDT.

drowning in spam
(leaftye) - F

Locale: SoCal
Re: Point and shoot for around 100 Bucks on 06/01/2011 16:21:06 MDT Print View

Take a look at Canon. Their A-series cameras used to be synonymous with AA batteries, but now you have to double check.

Edited by leaftye on 06/01/2011 16:23:48 MDT.

Ken Bennett
(ken_bennett) - F

Locale: southeastern usa
Re: Point and shoot for around 100 Bucks on 06/02/2011 09:12:18 MDT Print View

You could check Costco, we found an older Panasonic Z-series there for $119. Great camera, small and light, 25-300 equivalent zoom (that's very wide to long tele), and optical image stabilization. No AA batteries, though. And in Costco's case, "older camera" means maybe 9-12 months on the market...

For a trail camera I would require optical image stabilization (I.S., V.R., or O.I.S.), and a good wide angle lens ("30mm equivalent" or wider.) You can certainly get a great camera for $150-200, and with a little searching you should be able to find something closer to $100.

Frank Deland
(rambler)

Locale: On the AT in VA
Canon Powershots on 06/02/2011 11:23:46 MDT Print View

Canon Powershots models use two AAs. Try Best Buy.

A1100IS. Or A540 are examples. They are not just automatic either.

Edited by rambler on 06/02/2011 11:28:34 MDT.

Michael Ray
(topshot) - MLife

Locale: Midwest
Re: Canon Powershots on 06/02/2011 11:39:32 MDT Print View

Some of the A series take 4 AAs so you can get lots of shots on a set. I personally have an A620 (and an A75 before that). While I wish it had a wider lens, I will replace it with a used one once this one dies because I like it so much. I'm highly disappointed Canon doesn't put the vari-angle LCD on more models. The A650IS has IS and longer zoom but is more than $100 on Ebay.

Most A series have decent video and sound but they're also known for a higher pitched noise in the audio. It's never bothered me. Mine can do 640x480 @ 30 fps.

Most Canons also let you do cool stuff with the CHDK hack if you want to extend the abilities of the stock camera. Shutter can go to 64 seconds for night shots. I do time lapses also with an intervalometer script also.

Edited by topshot on 06/02/2011 21:03:37 MDT.

Gerry Volpe
(gvolpe)

Locale: Vermont
point and shoot for around 100 bucks on 06/03/2011 09:11:55 MDT Print View

Thanks alot for all your advice. Between you guys and my other research I think I will be going with a cannon. A BPL'er PM'd me and offered a new Canon PowerShot SD980IS for 125$. Seems like a great deal and a great camera. Uses a proprietary battery but it's a good trade off for a better camera Ill just buy an extra. Thanks again.

drowning in spam
(leaftye) - F

Locale: SoCal
Re: Re: Canon Powershots on 06/03/2011 09:23:08 MDT Print View

Some of the A series take 4 AAs so you can get lots of shots on a set. I personally have an A620 (and an A75 before that). While I wish it had a wider lens, I will replace it with a used one once this one dies because I like it so much. I'm highly disappointed Canon doesn't put the vari-angle LCD on more models. The A650IS has IS and longer zoom but is more than $100 on Ebay.

Most A series have decent video and sound but they're also known for a higher pitched noise in the audio. It's never bothered me. Mine can do 640x480 @ 30 fps.

Most Canons also let you do cool stuff with the CHDK hack if you want to extend the abilities of the stock camera. Shutter can go to 64 seconds for night shots. I do time lapses also with an intervalometer script also.


I think the a650is was a pretty sweet camera, but it goes for much more than $100. There's a used one on ebay right now that's already been bid up to $280 with over 2 days left to go.

The a720is was also a great camera. My brother has one. With a set of AA Eneloop batteries I was able to take over 700 shots with barely a dent in the battery indicator. It has the CHDK hack, which I agree is very cool. I really ought to pick one of these up for myself. It's the camera I'd like to carry on hikes over any other camera I've seen.