Most ultra-compact cameras are powered by specialised, proprietary batteries which may last longer than traditional batteries, but can be harder to replace. Slightly larger compact models run on regular AA batteries, which don't require electricity to recharge and make it more affordable to carry spares. According to CNET and Google Marketplace consumer reviews, some compact AA-powered cameras stand out from the crowd in terms of customer satisfaction and consumer ratings.
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Canon PowerShot SD1100 IS
Canon's PowerShot SD1100 IS is a compact-sized digital camera rated 4.5 out of 5 stars by 667 consumer reviewers. The SD1100 IS uses disposable or rechargeable AA batteries and currently sells for about £130. The SD1100 has 8 megapixel resolution, a 3X optical zoom and boasts low shutter lag, good image quality and face detection, but no manual exposure settings. The camera uses an SD memory card or multimedia card for image storage.
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-S2100
The Sony Cyber-shot DSC-S2100 was rated 4 out of 5 stars by 58 consumer reviewers. The AA-battery powered S2100 has 12.1 megapixel resolution, 3X optical zoom and currently sells for about £58 new. Reviewers praised the Sony S2100 for its ease of use, simple operation and 3 inch LCD screen, but criticised it for "soft" or "smeary" photo-quality and minimal features. The S2100 stores images on an SD memory card, stick or duo.
Nikon Coolpix L110
The Nikon Coolpix L110 is a 12.1 megapixel compact digital camera with a 15X zoom, 28mm wide-angle lens and macro shooting options. 306 consumer reviews averaged to a 4.5 out of 5 star rating for the L110, which currently sells new for about £141. The L110 uses disposable or rechargeable AA batteries and can store up to 750 still images or 7 hours of high definition video on an SD memory card.
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