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    Hi,

    I'm doing abit of traveling to Africa this summer and Asia early next year, and I'm finally thinking of replacing my rapidly aging Cybershot point and shoot. I don't have the money or knowledge for a DSLR, so bridge cameras seem a good compromise.

    I found the Fujifilm S2950, which seems great but doesn't come with a rechargeable battery. Whats the battery life on these? My Mum bought a Pentax point and shoot and pretty soon was going through AAs like crazy. I'll also be going high altitude (i.e. pretty cold) whilst climbing Kili, not sure if that will make a difference (I know I'll have to keep them warm).

    Any advice is more than welcome,

    Ed

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    Original Poster

    whatsThePoint

    It can take up to 700 pics according to this review … It can take up to 700 pics according to this review http://www.neocamera.com/camera/fuji/s2950/review500 by this onehttp://www.dcresource.com/news/newsitem.php?id=4229



    Doesn't sound too bad. I'm pretty tempted tbh because from what I've heard batteries are more readily available that plug sockets for elongated periods of time whilst traveling in Africa.

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    dcx_badass

    Li-Ion are so much better, I'd get one with one built in and avoid AA at … Li-Ion are so much better, I'd get one with one built in and avoid AA at all costs.



    Hmmm. That was my first thought. I'll have a look at some more cameras.

    Original Poster

    whatsThePoint

    If that was true no bridge cameras would use AA batteries, But the … If that was true no bridge cameras would use AA batteries, But the majority do so maybe most people see AA's as the best option



    Very good point. Never thought of it like that. All the ones I've looked at so far use AA, although I'm looking at the ones which just fit into a student's budget.

    What's your budget, if you can add an extra £100 I would go for the fujifilm hs10

    i've got a canon sx1 which takes AA's. you can buy AA's anywhere and i've got a load eneloop rechargeables that hold there charge well.

    there are a few sx1 refurbs on ebay at the mo.

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    solarforce

    What's your budget, if you can add an extra £100 I would go for the … What's your budget, if you can add an extra £100 I would go for the fujifilm hs10



    Looks good, but out of my price range unless I dip into my savings account.

    If you have around £300 go for the Fuji HS20. A superb bridge camera. Has a 30x optical zoom and EXR sensor. It runs on 4 AA batteries.

    I'm on holiday this week and the charger for my Fuji broke, so I can't take any more photos after my battery ran down, Li-ion. Luckily I also have my Fuji bridge camera that runs on 4AA's. Taken over 200 photos before replacing batteries. Holiday photos saved.

    It's your choice but you don't want to go on a holiday in Africa and loose the ability to take photos if you Li-ion battery fails.

    Alternatively you could ask a lion to charge your battery. Hope he's eaten and in a good mood.

    Original Poster

    Cheers for the info guys.

    I'll keep an eye out on prices (and on here for any deals). I'm spending a week in Portugal with family at the very start of August and if I buy one that'll be when I play with it before heading out to Africa, so I've got plenty of time.
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