Post by Susan (Graphic Artist)
Can there not be a camera on earth that meets these 4 simple goals?
Good photo quality
7x to 10x optical zoom
Thank you for all your help!
Here is a (hopefully accurate) summary for the next photographer with
the same four simple requirements
I (we) learned a lot.
Specifically, there is no camera buying-guide search page that has all
four requirements; but the combination of these four will work.
A. dcresource.com/reviews/cameraList.php (zoom, battery, media - but
B. Consumer Reports (compares quality, zoom, & battery - but not media)
C. www.dpreview.com (compares zoom & media - but not quality & battery)
D. rec.photo.digital (experts fill in otherwise incomplete data)
Now, for the list of digital cameras meeting the four simple
- Quality photographs
- Standard single-cell batteries
- ~7x stabilized zoom (IS added courtesy of rec.photo.digital)
- Standard rugged compact flash memory media
Had I originally known about dcresource.com, I would have immediately
looked at the cameras it reported.
1) Casio QV-2900UX
2) Konica Minolta DiMAGE 5
3) Konica Minolta DiMAGE 7
4) Konica Minolta DiMAGE 7Hi
5) Konica Minolta DiMAGE 7i
Sadly, while dcresource at least has a search engine that was the
closest for our needs (easily compare zoom, battery, & media - but not
quality), it failed to report very many cameras that meet those needs.
Likewise, consumer reports fails to report the flash card media on its
digital camera ratings page; and dpreview.com fails to search for
standard batteries on its buying comparison page.
For example, using only Consumer Reports' buying guide (ratings page),
only one camera met the four simple goals (quality, AA, 7x zoom, CF).
6) Canon PowerShot S1 IS
I thought that was the only camera on earth which met these four simple
requirements; but, thankfully, when I asked rec.photo.digital for help,
the list of cameras which met these four simple requirements expanded
In summary for the next consumer, rec.photo.digital experts also found
the following cameras, in the following order, which should fit these
four simple requirements for the next digital photographer with the
same common need.
7) Konica Minolta DiMAGE A2 with optional grip (thanks to John Bean)
8) Nikon CoolPix 5700 with optional equipment (thanks to slushfund)
9) Canon 20D w/ optional battery grip and a optional zoom (Joseph
10) Fuji S7000 w/ slightly less zoom (thanks to ASAAR)
11) Olympus E-100RS (thanks to Paul Rubin)
12) Pentax *ist D with optional Tamron 28-200mm (Deep Reset & dj_nme)
It ships with 2 CR-V3 cells, but 4xAA can be used as well.
13) Fuji s602z with an optional teleconverter (thanks to Old Bugger)
14) Nikon CoolPix 800 (with much less zoom, thanks to The Real Bev)
15) Canon Powershot A60 w/ optional zoom lens (thanks to Don Klipstein)
16) Canon Powershot A75 w/ optional zoom lens (thanks to Don Klipstein)
17) Canon Powershot A85 w/ optional zoom lens (thanks to Don Klipstein)
18) Canon Powershot A95 w/ optional zoom lens (thanks to Don Klipstein)
In hindsight, what made this effort to choose a consumer oriented
digital camera hard wasn't the AA battery requirement so much as the
desire to standardize on my existing compact flash cards. Were I to
drop that media requirement and use the less sturdy & more costly SD
media, I'm told our camera choices would have been greater. Next, if we
dropped the decent-zoom requirement, our choices would have
To be precise, even in generous hindsight, I'd personally never have
dropped my requirement for excellent quality photo results (at any
pixel count). Since I abhor proprietary batteries (been burned far too
many times), I also would never relax on the standard-size single-cell
battery requirement for my camera (which I just started shooting with -
thanks to all of you!).
Thank you all for your advice & opinions on digital camera choices,