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Help! My digital camera is on its last legs, and I'd like to replace it before my New Zealand trip. Unfortunately, I leave on Saturday so buying online is not the best option. My biggest concerns:
Decent size screen, good at low light for shooting bands in clubs, as well as outdoor shots. Durability over "slim and sleek", but preferably not too heavy. Something that I can put rechargeable AA batteries in instead of disposable Lithium batteries. I don't care about any editing in camera features, but want something with image stabilization.

I've scoured CNet reviews and dpreview.com, but want your opinions. Preferably something I can pick up at Circuit City/Fry's/Precision for around $300, since it's a belated bday present from my dad.

Thanks!!

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ghewgill
Mar. 21st, 2007 06:45 am (UTC)
I'm partial to Canon cameras and my first thought was the PowerShot A series. Looking further, the A710 IS looks like exactly what you're looking for.

- two AA cells, accepts rechargeables
- small and light but not ultra-compact
- image stabilization
- $299 at circuitcity.com

megapixel.net review: http://lnk.nu/megapixel.net/dzl.php
circuitcity: http://lnk.nu/circuitcity.com/dzm.do
equiraptor
Mar. 21st, 2007 01:25 pm (UTC)
I've heard a lot of good about the A series. My grandfather bought one (an A530) for my mother for Christmas after very careful consideration (he actually gave her a sheet with the listed requirements for the camera, and many of your requirements, Snax, are on that sheet). It's easy for my mom to use.

I also know a photographer with one of the A series, I think also an A530, who uses it as his point-and-shoot, and uses it for tacking picture in clubs, etc. The camera also has a lot of neat options for taking pictures that he uses to get some very interesting shots.
cavorite
Mar. 21st, 2007 02:10 pm (UTC)
Seconded, I've used this series quite a bit and while not having used the A710 it's probably the best choice.
tycoonjack
Mar. 21st, 2007 07:15 am (UTC)
Ive got a nikon that i use as a back up that is pretty good, takes AA's., 7.1 megapixels, and is about 250, its the l5 i believe
bloodcicle
Mar. 21st, 2007 09:51 am (UTC)
I think the Sony models have the larger screen and good video. A friend has one and he loves it. I only use the huge cameras that aren't easily carted about and are not video capable.
drfardook
Mar. 21st, 2007 03:18 pm (UTC)
Unless one of the reviews states that the camera gives you exploding ass herpes, I wouldn't sweat it too much as long as you get the features you want.

The reviewers on dpreview.com are picky picky picky about image quality so what's 'unacceptable levels of noise' to them might just be 'kinda noisy but you get the idea' to you. Compact digital cameras are strictly ok in low light so there's really not a model that stands out there that I've heard of. If you can get one with a spot meter mode that will help you out in shooting at shows because all the lights and darks tend to freak out other metering modes when you just want the camera to expose for the performer. Looks like the Canon 710 someone mentioned before will do the job.

Any digital camera will give you great shots in sunlight. Its low light that's the problem.
silona
Mar. 22nd, 2007 01:32 pm (UTC)
my sister lives in NZ. are you going to the south island? she lives in motueka. I get to go in september!
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