Recently i bought a Nikon L27. Well, i had to choose between the L27 and the L29, which is the newer model – alibet with most of the same specifications of the L27. The main reason i chose to review this camera type was that it is a camera takes AA batteries.
The camera is easy to use, put in the batteries, an SD card and turn it on. After doing an initial setup like setting the date and time of day, you can start taking pictures. I would be happy giving this camera to my grandparents knowing they’d be able to take a family picture or holiday snaps with it and they’ll turn out ok.
The camera has mini flash, zoom lense and can be set in several modes such as landscape, sports, night landscape, pets, food, etc. In fully automatic mode, it does try and auto guess the appropriate mode to set the camera in.
My only issue with the camera is that you cant see all of the setting of the camera. I wanted to check and set the ISO value automatically but couldnt.
But my final verdict is if you gave me the camera, and told me to go away on a holiday taking only shots using it, i’ld be pretty happy.
This whole post stems from about 6 months ago when i was op-shopping (shopping in a thrift store), browsing their cameras and one of the older men working there came up to me, sat down beside me and asked about digital cameras, saying that he’d stopped taking photos because film had become so expensive and it wasnt as easy to get these days. Lets say that film costs $8 / roll and processing costs $12, conveniently bringing the total to $20.
The L27, and a 8 gig SD card would cost under $100, so assuming you have an existing camera, the payback period is 120 6×4 prints.
If your requirements are that you want a camera that :-
1. Shoots pictures (i know thats part of a definition of being a camera…).
2. Is easy to use
3. Takes AA batteries
Then I am happy to recommend the the Nikon L-27 (or 29) to you. I would have recommended the Canon A480 (or its newer models) or the Canon SX-150( Super Zoom , which conveniently included an Easy mode so you could insert AA batteries, an SD card – which you could get thousands of shots on a 8 gig card (there are bigger cards , and you could pick up a 8 gig card for $8 when i bought the camera last week). But Canon seem to have stopped making point and shoot cameras with AA batteries.
Lets assume you might be able to get more energy density, better recharge performance and smaller size. But in my mind, this goes out the window compared to the versaility of using AA’s. If your travelling you can get extras in just about any service station, carry extra rechargables, share batteries with friends, and if your in a pinch and forgot to recharge or have drained your usual batteries, you can swap in single use ones.
In short, if you forget to recharge, you can pull some standard batteries out of the kitchen drawer and take pictures when your camera would otherwise stop being a camera and be a paperweight.
Of course i’m not saying that all cameras shall use AA batteries, just that its a nice option to have, and for some people its high on their list of priorities for ease of use, and that an upgrade say from 16 to 18 megapixels is a distant second. Both will print a pretty good A4 print.