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canon powershop is cheap.. how is quality?

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canon is industry leader.. their powershots are pretty cheap on their website.. does that mean there is not enough technology or durability on these products? (compared to a more costly option in canon itself)

http://shop.usa.canon.com/shop/en/catalog/clearance/clearance-powershot-digital-cameras/clearance-powershot-digital-cameras/powershot-a1200-silver-refurbished

i am looking for a reasonably priced camera for a family without compromising too much of quality....
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That's a discontinued model... but I wouldn't buy it just because it uses only 2 AA cells.

If you can't find one that uses 4 AA cells, I would get one that takes a lithium ion battery pack.

e.g. the PowerShot SX170 IS
16x optical zoom (over 3x as much optical zoom as the A1200)
16 Megapixel CCD

You can find it for just a dollar cheaper on amazon (http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00EFILR6E - check the reviews there), so buying it direct from canon makes sense.
Genuine Canon NB-6LH Li-Ion packs can be found for $50 - http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00EL3SJN2

If you'd like to try cheaper batteries in it, look at http://www.amazon.com/dp/B0041TRO3W
When those packs die after a half hour of shooting and a couple dozen charges, at least you'll still have an extra travel charger to carry in your vehicle.
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by:25112
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Darr247,ok- thanks helps..

just because canon can be cheap does not mean it is low quality, right?
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Well, of course a $10,000 Canon will have more features and take pictures faster and larger than a $150 Canon, but the pics from the less-expensive camera are not necessarily "low quality" pictures, no.
e.g. in this pic taken under the light of two 100W equivalent CFLs about 8 feet above (i.e. no flash), with a 4-year-old Canon SX10 IS (discontinued) point & shoot, when you view it full size you should easily make out the MSA carabiner's part number (10089702)Canon SX10 Point
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great point- well demonstrated- THANK!
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