dilemma: buy a canon a95 now or wait for a better one

Discussion in 'Digital Photography' started by name, Nov 9, 2004.

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    name Guest


    My main priorities for buying a new camera is having a swivel lens or
    LCD display and the camera has to work on AA batteries.
    I also like the LCD screen to be at least 1.8" and I prefer cameras
    with a good optical zoom capability (at least 3x optical zoom).
    Anything above 3 megapixels is fine, although 5 megapixels or more is
    CF is also preferred instead of SD, but both memory types are

    I was thinking of buying a canon A95 since it satisfies my primary
    concerns (runs on AA batteries and has a swivel display) and seems to
    get overwhelmingly positive reviews.
    However, I'm not very satisfied with the 3x optical zoom.
    I'd love to have a camera with 12x zoom (like the panasonic lumix
    f710) and image stabilizer and I would be willing to spend more money
    on a camera, provided it runs on AA batteries and offers a swivel lens
    or display.
    The sony f828 is the only one that comes close with more optical zoom
    (7x) because it has a swivel lens but it still employs a proprietary
    lithium ion accu.

    I've used a casio QV-8000SX extensively in the past and I'm very
    satisfied with its features (particularly the swivel lens and the fact
    that it runs on AA batteries). I'm also puzzled why casio seems to
    have abandoned their swivel lens camera series. I also have a minolta
    dimage Xi and an extra accu costs 55 euros, while I pay only 18 euros
    for 4 x NiMH AA which seem to outperform the shitty lithium-ion accu
    by far.
    So I've learned my lesson well to stay away from proprietary
    lithium-ion accus.

    Now I was wondering if there are any cameras expected to be released
    in the near future that would be worth considering, given my concerns
    based on previous experience with digital cameras (casio qv8000sx and
    minolta dimage xi).
    I'm also interested in other cameras currently on the market that
    might have eluded my attention but satisfy my constraints.

    Thanks in advance for any feedback on these questions/ideas, kind
    regards, Niek
    name, Nov 9, 2004
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    tomcas Guest

    Have you checked out the Canon S1?
    tomcas, Nov 9, 2004
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    name Guest

    Yes, I've noticed that one. It also looks very interesting but the
    display is a bit small (1.5 ") and it is only 3 megapixels.
    But 10 times zoom is great and it also has image stabalization and
    runs on AA
    If there was a new model with 4 or 5 megapixels and a 1.8" or larger
    screen (like on the canon powershot a95) it would definitely be very
    appealing to me.
    name, Nov 9, 2004
  4. name wrote:
    Panasonic FZ20 or similar?

    David J Taylor, Nov 9, 2004
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    name Guest

    It looks very interesting with 12x zoom (and image stabilization) and
    5 megapixels but I will never buy a camera with a proprietary
    lithium-ion again
    and I insist on buying a camera with a swiveling lens or display (like
    on the canon powershot a95 or the canon powershot s1).
    name, Nov 10, 2004
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    Alan Meyer Guest

    You're absolutely right. Unfortunately however, the LiON batteries
    have a higher energy density. Many camera manufacturers use them
    because they allow the cameras to be smaller and lighter.

    I hate proprietary batteries but I want a small, lightweight camera
    and will have to resign myself to them.

    It is the nature of electronics that, the day after you buy a
    (camera, computer, PDA, cell phone - pick one) a new model
    will be introduced that is (faster, better, cheaper - pick two).

    If you are lucky, you will go a few days or weeks before you
    see an announcement of something better than what you bought.

    But what can you do? If you need a camera now, you'll have
    to pick from what's available. If you don't need it now, wait
    until you need one.

    Alan Meyer, Nov 10, 2004
  7. Alan Meyer wrote:
    So why doesn't one of the campaigning consumer rights types take up this

    Let's go for:

    - one standard size of 7.4V 700mAH which will fit a wide range of digital
    cameras and which can be bought at the high street store. Aim price GBP
    10 or USD 15. Insist that camera manufacturers make cameras that accept
    this new standard.

    OK, it won't happen tomorrow, and perhaps there needs to be an 1100/1400
    mAH standard as well.

    "We want standard Lion batteries for our cameras!"

    David J Taylor, Nov 10, 2004
  8. Standardization would be great but why only 700 mAh (by the way it is
    mAh Not mAH)? I bought spare 1000 mAh batteries for my Nikon
    (original rated at 680 mAh) for $13.
    George E. Cawthon, Nov 10, 2004
  9. George E. Cawthon wrote:
    Oh, 700mAh was just a starting point, as that you suit Nikon 5400, 5700,
    Panasonic FZ20 etc (i.e. the ones I have access to!). Perhaps we should
    have a log scale? 700mAh, 1000mAh, 1400mAh, 2000mAh etc.

    Sorry about the "H" - I tend to think of diminutive prefixes as lower
    case and magnifying prefixes as upper case. That left the "H" to be
    associated with the "A". There was Mr Ampere, but no Mr. Hour!

    David J Taylor, Nov 11, 2004
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    Alan Meyer Guest

    You've got my vote.

    And while we're at it, we want standard batteries for laptop
    computers and cell phones.

    Alan Meyer, Nov 11, 2004
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    Big Bill Guest

    And you want some governmental agency to do this (you must, because
    there's no trade organisation that will).
    Not only is that restraint of trade, but it will give the government
    the idea that (in the consumers' interest, of course) it must then
    determine which camera features must be included in a camera model,
    and then (to reduce confusion) limit the number of different models.
    I much prefer the current situation.

    Bill Funk
    Change "g" to "a"
    Big Bill, Nov 11, 2004
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