d4tonyd wrote:I purchased a refurb Kodak PS on Woot a few years ago. It ate batteries. I gave it away. The person I gave it to also gave it away.
Pictures were acceptable for an inexpensive camera, but battery consumption was a BIG problem.
Battery consumption a problem??. HAVE YOU TRIED USING THE RECHARGABLE AA BATTERIES? BATTERY CONSUMPTION HAS NEVER BEEN A PROBLEM TO ME, AS THE RECHARGABLES AA'S SEEM TO LAST MUCH, MUCH, LONGER ON A SINGLE CHARGE THAN THE REGULAQR AA BATTERIES. I have A 12 MB KODAk AND HAVE HAD IT FOR YEARS. ONCE CHARGED, MY BATTERY never runS DOWN UNTIL WELL AFTER I FILL MY 2 gb SD CARD WITH PICTURES. One of the reasons that I use kodaks is that many of their cameras use AA batteries which one can get anywhere. There is nothing worse than being anywhere you want pictures and your battery dies (ANY battery can run out and die) BUT, lo and behold, CLOSEST (OR ONLY) kiosk, store, gift shop, does not carry any specialty batteries for cameras. BUT,,, ahhh, they ALWAYS, Always Always HAVE AA batteries. I KNOW AS MY WIFE HAS A KODAK 14 MEG THAT USES A SPECIALTY BATTERY. AND yes HER BATTERY HAS DIED ( iT'S RECHARGABLE and she had no means to recharge it on site) AND THERE WERE NO BATTERIES, OF HER TYPE, READILY AVAILABLE . AND yes SHE WAS UNABLE TO TAKE her OWN PICTURES . I also use rechargeable AA batteries and charge them before I go anywhere with my camera AND CARRY A SPARE SET. I CAN RECXHARGE THEM OVER AND OVER AGAIN, AND, DEPENDING ON USE, THEY LAST FOR OVER A YEAR OR MORE I Take pictures AT 12 meg and can fill the limited 2 gig SD memory card up, AND OFTEN GO THROUGH ANOTHER, before my RECHARGASBLE AA batteries drain. I also carry A SPARE SD MEMORY CARD AS WELL AS SPARE BATTERIES. SINCE MY CAMERA LACKS A VIEW FINDER IT IS HARD, OR IMPOSSIBLE, TO SEE WHAT YOU WANT IN THE VIEWER. SO CROPPING IS OFTEN A MUST TO GET RID OF UNWANTED SURROUNDINGS. I AM A POINT AND SHOOT PICTURE TAKER AND CANNOT COMMENT ON PROFESSIONAL QUALITY EXCEPT TO SAY THE PICTURES LOOK GOOD TO ME . SO MANY PICTURE PROGRAMS are so GREAT WITH CROPPING THAT I HAVE OFTEN CROPPED A tiny PORTION OF A PICTURE AND PRINTED IT ON 8 1/2 X 11 AND 5 X 6 WITH OUT SEEING ANY DIFFERENCE OR IT BEING GRAINY. Often, if there is any small printing in the picture, ( like on an aspirin bottle) it, too, is readable. tHE CAMERA IS GREAT AND YOU CANNOT BEAT THE PRICE.