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Ordering camera this weekend... Canon PowerShot A710?

I am looking for a good, all-around camera that I can use to take pictures of my artwork with as well as scenes for reference. I also want to start taking pictures for the art of it, as I have always been kind of interested in photography, just never had the money that I was willing to spend on a camera.

After asking about it before, I was given some helpful advice and decided to go with the Canon PowerShot A710. My favotite online store, NewEgg, is selling this camera for $315 with a free 1GB card (more than enough space for me, http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16830120067). CNET gave this camera a 7.6 (http://reviews.cnet.com/Canon_PowerShot_A710_IS/4505-6501_7-32065685.html).

Before I order, is there anything I should be aware of? I know that Canon has a class-action lawsuit against them because their cameras sometimes simply stop working after an error message, but I am willing to take a risk, as they seem to make very good cameras.

And can anyone recommend a good battery charger (it uses AA batteries)? I had one a while ago, but it exploded... I've been too scared to buy one since.

Thank you.

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Or maybe the SD700 or 800 series?

In reply to: Ordering camera this weekend... Canon PowerShot A710?

I'm not too sure what to get. The SD700 is $1 more, has a rechargeable battery (so no chargers necessary, no extra $$) and seems to be in a pretty highly-rated series of cameras. And the 800 is new and flashy.

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Canon A710

In reply to: Ordering camera this weekend... Canon PowerShot A710?

The A710 uses the same lens and other components that are in the new G7 (which costs $200 more).

Plus the A710 uses the 7 megapixel CCD sensor that has a bit less noise than other sensors that Canon uses.

$315 is a good price for a camera with the additional manual controls, 6X zoom and image stabilization.

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I would stay away from the AA NiMH batteries/charger that recharge in less than an hour. Most of those, require that you use special NiMH batteries that have pop-off valves to prevent overheating. If you put the wrong type of NIMH battery in that fast charger, you could get fireworks.

Just buy a name brand charger/battery kit.

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How does the SD700/800 compare?

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I found the SD700 on ZipZoomFly for about $285 shipped and the SD800 for about $347 shipped. With this camera, I won't need a battery charger, so thats less money and hassles, and NewEgg charges an additional $7 for shipping, as well as has higher prices to begin with. I also won't be using the free 1GB card that NewEgg is providing, as that card has a review of about 3 stars overall. I know what happens to cheap things, anyway.

It seems as if the SD700/800 is more compact much easier to carry than the A710, but I'm definitely not looking for anything that has to be small. Am I paying for the size and maneuverability of this camera, or are there some better features than the A710?

Thank you.

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SD700/800

In reply to: How does the SD700/800 compare?

They have 4X zoom - the A710 has 6X zoom
The SD cameras are Point-and-Shoot only.
The A710 is an intermediate camera that can function as Point-and-Shoot and also provide the photographer more flexibility with manual controls.

None of the SD series of cameras have manual controls.
No Shutter Priority
No Aperture Priority
No Full Manual mode.

If you want to be more creative, you will need the manual controls.

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