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Under $130 Point and Shoot Digital Cameras with Rechargeable Battery?


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Initial post: Mar 15, 2010 9:55:20 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Mar 15, 2010 10:29:53 PM PDT
Ivy Vine says:
I am looking for a camera for my belated birthday gift and I am having a hard time finding something I want.

I am looking for a simple point and shoot camera (compact or ultracompact etc) that takes decent pictures and that COMES WITH a rechargeable battery pack. I would rather have a camera that takes this than one that takes AA batteries (even if the AA's can be rechargeable). I would love to get something that might possibly have a dock available for it too, that I could then purchase in the future.

Does anyone know of one at all???

If not, then I would like your opinions on what you think is the best Under $100 digital point and shoot camera (currently available from Amazon), that can take AA rechargeable batteries.

I have no particular requirements on the # of MP, or anything too fancy, just something for basic pics but I would like to have a wide angle if possible, something with a good flash on it, and something decent for taking some pics of moving objects (pets). Also, I would like something that will take decent short video clips as well.

Hoping to stay as close to $100 as possible, as I have a total of $200 for my birthday gift(s) and already have another $100 of needed items in my shopping cart.

Posted on Mar 16, 2010 8:07:18 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Mar 16, 2010 8:08:09 AM PDT
Obviously since price is such a determining factor, your choices are going to be mediocre when it comes to fulfilling all of your requirements, especially for taking pictures of moving objects, more expensive cameras are usually faster.

With that said, the closest bet for you, I think, is the Canon A1100 IS:

Canon PowerShot A1100IS 12.1 MP Digital Camera with 4x Optical Image Stabilized Zoom and 2.5-inch LCD (Silver) (OLD MODEL)

It's $129 and uses AA batteries, but Canon point-and-shoot cameras are usually the best when it comes to all around competence. It has an image stabilizer and an optical viewfinder. Both are nice features for the price.

Good luck.

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 16, 2010 10:09:18 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Mar 16, 2010 10:12:00 PM PDT
OldAmazonian says:
The best under $100 digital point and shoot camera (currently available from Amazon), that can take AA rechargeable batteries? My vote goes for this one, now at $109 but recently at $99 from Beach Camera through Amazon:

Panasonic Lumix DMC-LZ8K 8MP Digital Camera with 5x Wide Angle MEGA Optical Image Stabilized Zoom (Black)

As always with AA cameras, use Sanyo Eneloop or comparable pre-charged NiMH cells for best results. Duracell and Kodak and Rayovac also make good pre-charged (aka Low Self-Discharge) NiMH AA cells, but avoid crappy fakes like Lenmar brand like the plague.

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 18, 2010 9:27:52 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Mar 18, 2010 9:29:13 PM PDT
Ivy Vine says:
Hey thanks for the recommendations... I am still not sure I can totally afford the $130 price tag (for the Canon) though, but I am using your advice about going with a Canon (which I had been looking at and wanting last year as well - a few of the SD series like the SD770 IS/SD780 IS/SD1200 IS), and was looking at the Canon PowerShot A480 10 MP Digital Camera with 3.3x Optical Zoom and 2.5-inch LCD...

What do you think about this camera instead? I looked at the A490 and A495 models as well, but thought that the A480 seemed just as good as them.

I totally forgot that I would need a new memory card as I only have a small 128mb SD and that just wouldn't cut it for photos and movies. So I am trying to stay closer to the $75-90 price range now, or I will have to forfeit another of my b-day items to get the better A1100 IS.

Thanks.

Posted on Mar 19, 2010 9:14:55 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Mar 19, 2010 12:16:19 PM PDT
I agree with OldAmazonian - you simply cannot go wrong with that Panasonic camera, it has a LEICA lens. Leica is well-known for their quality lenses.

I tried the A480 and A495 Canon cameras - and I ended up sending them back. They cannot compare to that Panasonic camera in both ease of use and photo quality.

Posted on Mar 19, 2010 10:37:24 AM PDT
S. Babcock says:
Staples currently has a 15% off coupon which makes the Nikon S570 come in at $127 - bargain price for a full featured little digital. Excellent little camera, 12MP, 5x zoom wide angle lense, will take video and sound (dogs racing around the yard no problem), rechargeable battery. All packaged in a nice metal body, and it takes beautiful, sharp pictures. Check it out, and good luck!

Posted on Mar 22, 2010 11:10:37 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Mar 22, 2010 11:30:01 AM PDT
J. Erbes says:
I think you are making a mistake by looking for a camera with a proprietary rechargeable battery pack. They are expensive to replace and you will need a couple of spare packs if you are serious about always having a fully charged pack handy. I, on the other hand, only look for point-and-shoots that can use two AA rechargeable NiMH batteries. I buy Energizer 2450 mAH rechargeables on sale at $2 each along with a recharger. Trust me on this. Have I ever lied to you before?

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 22, 2010 11:35:59 AM PDT
Ivy Vine says:
Thanks for all the helpful suggestions everyone, but I decided to go ahead and take a couple of things out of my Amazon cart and throw in the Canon PowerShot SD1200IS 10 MP Digital Camera with 3x Optical Image Stabilized Zoom and 2.5-inch LCD (Silver) while it was 149.00 + 7.00 S/H from J&R Music and Computer World.

It comes with a rechargeable battery pack and it's own wall charger, which I find is just fine for me (as I will not be constantly needing my camera and will always have the time to charge the battery when needed), and Amazon sells a 3rd party (non OEM) replaceable battery for about $5.30 or so. This battery has plenty of reviews for being a great non-OEM version and working just as great as the one the camera ships with, and I personally know a couple people that have used these specific replaceable ones as well. I have confidence that these "just over $5" batteries will be fine for my useage.

I will let everyone know how I like my camera after I get it (in the next few days most likely).

Again, thanks to everyone for their helpful suggestions.

Posted on Mar 22, 2010 2:48:28 PM PDT
Tom Martin says:
Ivy,

Great choice, I'm sure you will be very happy with the camera.

Posted on Mar 25, 2010 7:53:03 PM PDT
JC says:
I hope you are enjoying your new camera. A friend of mine has one and he took some really great shots of his vacation to the Panama Canal. He admittedly has very little photography knowledge (I believe this was only his second digital camera), and was easily able to get good videos and photos from this one. Way better photos of cliff divers from a distance than I would expect from a camera that small.

The original battery pack that came with my SD1000 (which I have had for 3 years) still works great, charges fast, and takes nearly 300 pictures on a single charge. With a little pre-focusing it takes pretty decent photos of pets and children.

Posted on Apr 16, 2010 9:11:12 PM PDT
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