If you shop around, you can get the W70 for under $250.
I don't see any equivalent camera anywhere close to that price.
Battery life is more involved with camera design than battery type.
The W70 has a good battery life.
So many of the new cameras are dropping the optical viewfinder.
Sony and Canon are about the only ones left using them.
Maybe that is why their camera sales are good.
In my book, I want an optical viewfinder.
The biggest headache is shutter lag. The time from when you press the shutter button until the image is captured. The W70 has a short shutter lag (that's good).
I would say you have found your camera in the W70.
I'm shopping for a digital camera and was recommended the Sony W70 but I've read about the same # good and bad reviews on it. Also, I don't know what other cameras are out there that are similar but may be better.
Here's what's important to me:
1) compact - to put in purse,etc.
2) quality of picture - print and on computer (i email them to friends and family
3) long battery life - heard rechargeable ones instead of AA are better, is this true?
4) ease of use
5) optical view finder - heard this was important in case LCD is not viewable, is this true?
6) delay time in between pictures
Any recommendations??? I'd like to stay in the same price range as the W70 but am willing to spend alittle more if it's worth it.
Please help! Thank you!