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Old 12-16-2007, 10:22 AM   #15
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Primarily looking for a digital P & S camera. Panasonic has a 12X that is equiavelent to 35-432, supposedly. Then a 18X that is 28 - 400 something, but both use a special rechargable battery. Canon has a couple of 12X, both starting with 35/36X and use 4 AA batteries. I like the 28 better since my current SLR 35MM Canon has a 28-85 and I really like the extra wide angle and it uses a little disposable replaceable battery. I also have a Sony camcorder with the specific rechargable battery and have no problems with it. So if I have to make a choice between the extra wide angle (Panasonic) and a disposable battery (Canon), I didn't know which to give more weight to. Guess its just a choice I'll have to make, but just wondered on the Digital cameras how fast the batteries need replacing since I had no experience with them. Thanks for the above help.

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KEN ROCKWELL'S web site explains the crop factor.

If the camera has a specific removable rechargeable battery, then you can have 2 or more batteries to avoid being stuck with a dead camera.

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Old 12-16-2007, 01:16 PM   #17
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Since it sounds like you already have a canon EOS with some of the lenses, you may want to look at the digital rebel.
Costco has several models and some are compatible withe the EF-S lenses from the EOS series cameras...That is what we did because we had 2 or 3 lenses we could use from our old 35MM
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I posted this thread back in Oct.I just noticed it had become active again.I will read thru it and tell you all what I bought.Going to wait until after the holidays to look for the clearence sales.Thanks all for your replies.
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Old 12-17-2007, 05:53 PM   #19
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SacsTC - Wish I did have an EOS, my Canon goes a lot further back than that, its an A-1, which I've probably had for 20 years or more. Don't think any of my lens will work on "current" cameras. I don't necessarily need the 18X for the telephoto, the 12X reaches out far enough - but I do like the 28 wide angle the 18X has instead of the 35 wide angle of the 12X.
The Internet has the Panasonic Digital 12X for $229 but the 12X Canon is $339 and even as much as I prefer Canon the Panasonic sound like a good deal especially since I generally don't take but about 2-3 rolls of 24 exposure pictures a year.
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We tend to be very hard on all our cameras, but especially our point and shoots. I hate to admit, but in the past few years I've gone through 5 of them

Now I only use a bigger digital SLR because of the fastness of startup and lack of shutter lag between the pressing of the shutter release and the camera acutally taking the picture. Something that I hate in digital point and shoots.

If I was to buy another point and shoot, this would be the model especially for the RV. Its a Pentax Optio W30 Digital Point & Shoot and at 7 mega pixel it's way more than you'll ever need for just posting pictures on the computer.

It only has a 3x opitcal zoom, but does have macro capabilities which makes a big difference.

The real seller on the camera is it is fully waterproof and dustproof. This means if you're ever hiking or boating, there is no need to worry about the camera. When it gets dirty, just wash it off.

At only $235, it a bit more than those you were looking at at Wal-Mart, but the little extra price is worth it in the extra features.


Here is a link to a site that has them in stock, and B&H is world class for their service and returnability.

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We bought a Kodak EasyShare package. You can attach the camera right to the included printer without the need for a computer. We keep it in our RV. The nice thing is we can share prints immediately and still take them home (in the camera's memory or on a memory card)and download them to my computer. Several brands make this system and it is very convenient and turns out nice pictures.
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This one is a serious consideration for an ultrazoom camera.

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Here is a site that will compare most of the digital cameras avaliable and some later no longer in production models

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