Panasonic Lumix LS85 8.1 Megapixel Digital Camera (Black) - £59.99 Delivered @ Play - HotUKDeals
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Just press the iA button, aim and shoot. The camera does all the rest, automatically adjusting to the shooting conditions and helping to correct blurring, focus, and brightness problems. iA Mode includes MEGA O.I.S. (Optical Image Stabilizer) to compensate for hand-shake, Intelligent ISO Control to detect subject movement, Face Detection AF/AE to focus on faces in the frame, and Intelligent Scene Selector to select the optimal scene mode automatically for you.
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# Key Features
# Camera Effective Pixels: 8.1 Megapixels
# LCD Monitor: 2.5" TFT Screen
# 4x Optical Zoom
# 4x Digital Zoom
# Motion Picture Recording
# Recording Media: Built-in Memory, SD Memory Card, SDHC Memory Card, MultiMediaCard (Still image only)

Next lowest price is 76.97
#2
Panasonic make excellent cameras which tend to be a cut above the rest and this looks like a good price. However I would point out that it uses AA batteries, not proper dedicated Li-ion. This accounts in part for the price (no battery and charger supplied) and unless you have some overwhelming desire for AA power I'd advise looking at the one on the following link too before the deal runs out on 27 July (you'll soon make up the difference in battery costs whether you go disposable or rechargeable):

http://www.hotukdeals.com/item/440203/panasonic-fs4-camera-with-4x-optica

Additionally, while I've always had good experience with Play other posters have pointed out that you do not get your normal consumer rights as they are not a mainland UK company, whereas with a Tesco deal you have full rights and their additional flexibility. This could be important with a more expensive and technical product.

On balance voted hot anyway - it may suit some but above factors should be considered.
#3
An optical image stabilised camera for £60! Bargain.

Besford
However I would point out that it uses AA batteries, not proper dedicated Li-ion. This accounts in part for the price (no battery and charger supplied) and unless you have some overwhelming desire for AA power I'd advise looking at this one too before the deal runs out on 27 July (you'll soon make up the difference in battery costs whether you go disposable or rechargeable)


Not having a go at Besford, but find the anti-AA argument a bit odd. Most of the dedicated review sites (steves-digicams, dpreview, DCRP etc) seem to count it a positive, where as a lot of consumers see it as a negative.

I have to say, I'm in the +ve camp. My camera takes 400+ pics on a set of NiMH batteries that can be picked for not much £ (£9 for 4 batteries in boots) from a huge variety of stores in many countries. Not quite as easy for my wifes camera. £30 if you buy the proper one, £15 for the fake, easy to get over the internet, but unlikely to be found in most high street shops in an emergency.

For me they're cheaper and easier to get and provide just as much power. The only negative are their size which does rather limit then the size of the camera they're going into....

Anyway just my 2p
#4
Evilmonkey
An optical image stabilised camera for £60! Bargain.



Not having a go at Besford, but find the anti-AA argument a bit odd. Most of the dedicated review sites (steves-digicams, dpreview, DCRP etc) seem to count it a positive, where as a lot of consumers see it as a negative.

I have to say, I'm in the +ve camp. My camera takes 400+ pics on a set of NiMH batteries that can be picked for not much £ (£9 for 4 batteries in boots) from a huge variety of stores in many countries. Not quite as easy for my wifes camera. £30 if you buy the proper one, £15 for the fake, easy to get over the internet, but unlikely to be found in most high street shops in an emergency.

For me they're cheaper and easier to get and provide just as much power. The only negative are their size which does rather limit then the size of the camera they're going into....

Anyway just my 2p


Agree, i rate double A's over l-ion. on a set of 2650mah i get about 300 shots on my canon powershot A720is, plus when you are oput and about and they do run out, you can easily get replacements unlike l-ion
#5
The colour of this camera in the original post should probably be changed from Black to Silver.

The black LS85 is out of stock on play.com and priced at £89.99.

The silver model is in stock at £59.99.

Should also mention that the silver one has recently been posted elsewhere on this forum:

http://www.hotukdeals.com/item/444946/panasonic-lumix-dmc-ls85-eb-8-1-meg/

Hot deal, by the way.
#6
Evilmonkey
An optical image stabilised camera for £60! Bargain.



Not having a go at Besford, but find the anti-AA argument a bit odd. Most of the dedicated review sites (steves-digicams, dpreview, DCRP etc) seem to count it a positive, where as a lot of consumers see it as a negative.

I have to say, I'm in the +ve camp. My camera takes 400+ pics on a set of NiMH batteries that can be picked for not much £ (£9 for 4 batteries in boots) from a huge variety of stores in many countries. Not quite as easy for my wifes camera. £30 if you buy the proper one, £15 for the fake, easy to get over the internet, but unlikely to be found in most high street shops in an emergency.

For me they're cheaper and easier to get and provide just as much power. The only negative are their size which does rather limit then the size of the camera they're going into....

Anyway just my 2p

I accept your arguments and did indicate that some people actually want AA power. However, I would balance that with:

-Even if you prefer AA please bear in mind that the lack of supplied batts and charger should be reflected in the price. On that basis it may not be quite such a bargain (ie should be even cheaper).
-Whatever the pros and cons, AA power is generally only on the entry level stuff. Manufacturers seem to think Li-ion is the preferred type.
-I admit that my experience with AAs in digital cameras was some time ago, but their life was very short. Tended to be 4x Ni-Cad in those days.
-You've made the point about bulk, which may or may not be important to a user but a thin profile in a 'pocket' camera is usually very beneficial.

The primary advantage I see in an AA camera is if it's one you leave in the car for very ocassional use you can just throw a set of AAs in there with it and they'll last for a good time. Most people wouldn't use a new/good camera this way though.

At the end of the day the buyer makes their choice, but I think it's probably helpful to many to have had both sides of the argument aired here.
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Besford
I accept your arguments and did indicate that some people actually want AA power. However, I would balance that with:

At the end of the day the buyer makes their choice, but I think it's probably helpful to many to have had both sides of the argument aired here.


That's it Besford, It's about pro's and cons, it's good to hear your thoughts on it as I get confused about the almost automatic posting on an AA camera of "AA batteries are bad, - cold" at least now I can see a where you're coming from.

I've been using AA digicams for years, and so have Decent AA NiMH's lying around the house from my previous cameras, so the extra cost argument, which is probably the biggest thing against them, is not applicable for me. I think they probably annoy more people than they please by throwing in a 'free' set of alkalines which last 2 minutes....

I think manafacturers like them for the size (+ the cynic in me says the opporunity to flog you more stuff? Didn't I read some posts that some cameras now only accept original batteries, not the after market ones?)

Still love this camera!
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The most perfectly balanced argument i have ever seen on this forum. Hat's off to everyone, enjoy a cool beer tonight, we all deserve it :-)
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Nad_84
The most perfectly balanced argument i have ever seen on this forum. Hat's off to everyone, enjoy a cool beer tonight, we all deserve it :-)

Just on my way to the pub now!

Rep to you and Evilmonkey for assisting/recognising that there are both pros and cons and maintaining an unusually civilised debate on here. That way everyone should be a winner and feel better informed when they go shopping.

Thanks.

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