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AKICILJ: camera batteries

The ol' digital camera is giving me grief. Specifically, I am getting the "low battery warning" and consequent shut down as soon as I put new batteries into it. It wasn't such a battery hog when I first bought it (though still went through them pretty fast); but this is not supportable.

Is it worth buying rechargable NiMH batteries and trying them out? On the plus side, I get the impression from various websites that they are much better in digital cameras than standard alkaline batteries (which I've been using so far). Also I suppose they are better for the environment if I keep on using them. On the downside, if the camera is basically broken (which is a concern, given that it didn't always have this problem so badly) perhaps I would just be throwing good monety after bad?

Advice gratefully received. (Especially from sciamanna or anyone else who also has the Fuji Finepix A340.)

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del_c
Apr. 22nd, 2007 03:58 pm (UTC)
If your camera is basically broken, then the NiMHs should still be good for something else, as long as they're a standard size.

Beware, though. Standard alkaline batteries give 1.5V potential when new, while NiMH never give better than 1.2V when charged. I discovered to my cost that the Olympus digital camera I bought demands more than 1.2V potential to operate properly, so the rechargeables were no good to me there.

If you end up getting a new camera, ask the salesman if the camera will operate comfortably for long periods without demanding more voltage than rechargeables can provide.
del_c
Apr. 22nd, 2007 03:59 pm (UTC)
Actually, that should be "3V" and "2.4V", since two batteries were involved.
strange_complex
Apr. 22nd, 2007 04:03 pm (UTC)
I'd be interested to hear what solutions you find for this. I'm having the exact same problem with my Canon Powershot A620, which I've only had for a year and a half.

My personal interpretation of what's happened is that it isn't actually the camera that's at fault, so much as the batteries I'm using. I bought a massive multipack of AA batteries, of which it takes four, at the same time as buying the camera - which of course was great value for money at the time. But now the batteries I'm using (the last few in the packet) have sat in a drawer for over a year - so I'm not surprised they're past their best.

I am planning to buy a recharger and some suitable batteries once I've used up the last few (not very long, now!), so would be as interested as you in any tips as to what exactly to buy.
lamentables
Apr. 22nd, 2007 04:18 pm (UTC)
Can you borrow rechargables from a friend/colleague to test whether it's a camera or battery problem?

We've only ever used rechargables in our digital cameras. There is some interesting info on the difference in performance here and here. On the strength of that info we switched to Powerex with a Powerex charger (that reconditions as well) and have been very impressed with the performance.
lamentables
Apr. 22nd, 2007 04:29 pm (UTC)
I should have pointed out for reference that on my normal usage - taking photos and downloading from camera more or less every day - I need to recharge about once per month. On holiday when I'm taking photos constantly and doing lots of reviewing, it's about once per week.
burkesworks
Apr. 22nd, 2007 04:23 pm (UTC)
Well worth your while buying NiMHs; always found them far better in digital cameras that take the standard batteries you can buy in the high street; cameras have a habit of eating alkaline batteries for breakfast. Besides, you can always use the NiMHs for many other things if the camera continues to be a hog.

Personally, though, I'll stick with my Canon, which takes a type of rechargeable battery that's fairly easy to find and lasts a lot longer than the HP7s or HP13s found in other brands.
qatsi
Apr. 22nd, 2007 05:11 pm (UTC)
I'm going with the flow here - NiMH seems to work fine for me (Pentax Optio 50, takes 2xAA batteries). The thing to look for, as I understand it, is the charge the batteries hold rather than the voltage - mine are 2500mAh, and take a long time to charge, but last quite well (relative to the size of the SD card, anyway).
del_c
Apr. 22nd, 2007 05:29 pm (UTC)
All batteries of a particular type will always have the same rated voltage, so it's rarely an issue in deciding to choose between batteries.
blue_condition
Apr. 22nd, 2007 06:40 pm (UTC)
I started off running my ancient Casio QV2800 on ordinary AAs; I tried everything up to top end Duracells and decidde in the end that there was no economic or utilitarian substitute for NiMHs. THe worst performance I had from alkalines was a set of Duracells that got me fewer than 20 shots on a hot day.

Back then you were lucky if you could get 1500mA/H batteries, these days it seems that 2300s are cheap.

I run most of my AA gadgets on rechargeables these days (particularly my GPS), although I do keep a bag of cheap alkaline AAs and AAAs around for emergencies.
wyvernfriend
Apr. 22nd, 2007 09:17 pm (UTC)
from grutok

yes far better off buying rechargables however you need to buy high milliamperage batteries NiMH are the best to go for in his opinion. Habit to get into with digital cameras is to set it to go into standby/off between shots of about 1-2 minutes.

The camera shouldn't be giving you hassle it isn't that old. The problem could be cheap batteries.
(Anonymous)
Apr. 23rd, 2007 10:46 am (UTC)
My Canon Powershot A70 works very well with NiMH rechargeables; but I've several times had problems with non-rechargeable batteries, even alkaline or so-called "high power" ones, if I have had to buy a set of non-rechargeables because the rechargeables have run out.

-- JH.
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