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Old 01-04-2007, 05:12 PM   #21
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Well, I was shopping for a camera myself and had some of these same requirements. Santa brought me an Olympus FE-190, but it doesn't have burst mode. Has lots of other settings (maybe too many - it has a setting for taking pics of food!) and it's real quick on/off.
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Old 01-04-2007, 05:26 PM   #22
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For bike pics, you'll want a camera with quick on/ready for that first shot. If it takes too long to 'boot up', you'll miss the funny candid stuff.

Time from one pic to another - like a burst mode or very quick save. Helps to be able to take shots of a bike a few times through a wide turn, or to take burst shots as they come into the turn so that you get the progression of the lean, etc.

Battery - do you want to recharge or buy batteries? Standard AA, AAA, or camera-specific batteries?

...Just a few things to think about.
I especially agree with these points. I have a 4mp Nikon (bought my gf a Nikon for xmas too) that I love, but it is a little older and takes longer to get ready than the new ones. I think Sony makes one that comes on almost instantly. Just play with them in the store to check that out.

Time from pic to pic: Isn't that kinda determined by the card too? I was thinking the more expensive cards write faster, or maybe they just read faster. I'm not sure but something to look into.

Batteries: I like standard batts cause you can buy replacements almost anywhere. If you go with standard batts, the Energizer Lithium batts last a long time. It's a personal choice but I'm not fond of rechargables.
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Batteries: I like standard batts cause you can buy replacements almost anywhere. If you go with standard batts, the Energizer Lithium batts last a long time. It's a personal choice but I'm not fond of rechargables.
I chose an internal rechargeable because when I go on extended road trips, I only have to find a power source, not a store that carries the battery I need.

But like you said, all personal choices. I tend to migrate toward long-distance touring and go with convenience on the road.
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I chose an internal rechargeable because when I go on extended road trips, I only have to find a power source, not a store that carries the battery I need.

But like you said, all personal choices. I tend to migrate toward long-distance touring and go with convenience on the road.
Just curious, how long do they last?
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Just curious, how long do they last?
Well, it varies. Any of them will run down faster the more you use the LCD for taking pics or reviewing, of course.

A random sample:
-Nikon Coolpix L3 uses 2 AA and it says it lasts up to 200 pics.
-HP Photosmart 425 has an internal that recharges on the docking station - but who wants to take up all that space on the road with a docking station?
-Olympus FE-190 (mine) is an internal Li-Ion, but I can't find the specs on how many pics it can take on a full charge.

Another thing I forgot to mention in my previous post - the ability to take video as well as still pics, and a mic/speaker in the unit. With a 1G memory card, I can get about 30 minutes of video at good quality resolution.
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Well, it varies. Any of them will run down faster the more you use the LCD for taking pics or reviewing, of course.

A random sample:
-Nikon Coolpix L3 uses 2 AA and it says it lasts up to 200 pics.
-HP Photosmart 425 has an internal that recharges on the docking station - but who wants to take up all that space on the road with a docking station?
-Olympus FE-190 (mine) is an internal Li-Ion, but I can't find the specs on how many pics it can take on a full charge.

Another thing I forgot to mention in my previous post - the ability to take video as well as still pics, and a mic/speaker in the unit. With a 1G memory card, I can get about 30 minutes of video at good quality resolution.
I have a Nikon 4mp coolpix and with 2 AA lithium batts I can take a lot more than 200 pics, I think the package says around 1000???

Anyway, you say it's easy to find a power source, well, can you get a car charger? What about on a bike? How long does your camera take to charge fully? Don't get me wrong, I'm not arguing, I'm genuinely curious for the next time I purchase a camera. Thanks.
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I have a Nikon 4mp coolpix and with 2 AA lithium batts I can take a lot more than 200 pics, I think the package says around 1000???

Anyway, you say it's easy to find a power source, well, can you get a car charger? What about on a bike? How long does your camera take to charge fully? Don't get me wrong, I'm not arguing, I'm genuinely curious for the next time I purchase a camera. Thanks.
I'm certainly no expert, and this is the first 3+ MP camera I've had.

I wired a power source to the battery on my bike that has an SAE end. I use it mostly for the GPS, but I also have a 12V cigarette lighter adapter. If I really need power, I have a 350W inverter, but it's bulky.

What I do is plug into a wall socket while I'm stopped for a meal. They usually have no issues and I ask for a table near an outlet. I also have an adapter that screws into a standard light bulb socket and can take a 3-prong cord. It's about the size of a golf ball, and is VERY handy when camping and you need a little juice.
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I also have an adapter that screws into a standard light bulb socket and can take a 3-prong cord. It's about the size of a golf ball, and is VERY handy when camping and you need a little juice.
hahaha I like that idea. Thanks for the info!
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And just so I can use my new camera....

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Nice camera! But that sounds like a little more than you originally wanted. But nice camera.
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