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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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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.

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