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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.)


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.
Apr. 22nd, 2007 03:59 pm (UTC)
Actually, that should be "3V" and "2.4V", since two batteries were involved.

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