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Choosing A Camera Battery Is More Important Than You Think

Oct 19, 2007
Finding the right replacement battery to match your digital camera or equipment can be difficult, so no matter what kind of camera you need; a traditional film camera, an automatic 35 mm camera or a digital camera you need to know not only about the camera, but the camera battery as well.

You want to choose a camera that has a battery that is easy to find and cheap to buy. This is especially important before you buy any camera, whether it is for you or it is a gift.

What Kind Of Batteries Does The Camera Take?

You need to know what kind of camera batteries any camera takes. Does the camera take a brand-specific camera battery or does it take a general size of battery?

For example, a lot of traditional automatic cameras run on AA or AAA batteries. They only need that size. They don't need a specific brand.

These kinds also can be disposable or rechargeable. These batteries are also incredibly common and are sold just about everywhere.

How Easy Is It To Find More Batteries?

Even though your camera might not be brand specific, you still need to know how easy it will be to get replacement camera batteries. You might have to go to specific electronic stores if the camera battery size is rare, or unusual. If this doesn't bother you, then keep in mind whenever you go on a vacation, you need to bring spare camera batteries in case the stores where you are don't carry your camera's size.

How Expensive Are The Batteries?

Sometimes the camera battery costs more than a camera is worth. Keep in mind how often you are going to use this camera. The more you use your camera, the more you will have to change the battery.

You could opt for rechargeable batteries, but not all sizes of camera batteries will recharge. Most li-ion (lithium-ion) will, though.

If you don't use your camera all that much, then perhaps the camera battery cost will be a moot issue. One good trick to keep you up to date with your camera battery needs, without spending a penny, is to ask for them as a gift on your birthday or gift giving occasions.

Another Good Question To Ask: How Heavy Are the Batteries?

If you plan on doing a lot of travel or on location shooting, a heavy camera battery is a nuisance. You need as light a battery as possible. If you only plan on using the camera around your home or on special occasions and don't need to pack and unpack it, then you do not need to worry about how heavy the battery is.

How Long Can The Camera Go On One Set Of Batteries?

You never really seem to get an answer as to how long a camera lasts on one battery until you actually use it. For this reason, always see if you can get a warranty on your camera.

A lot of the battery's use depends on what camera functions you use and how often. Most batteries will tell you an estimated time of use, and try to find the maximum time for your buck.

I hope that I helped clear some of the confusion surrounding cameras and batteries. As you can see it is important to also consider the battery within the camera when you are purchasing a camera. If you don't pay attention you could end up with a battery that is very hard to find, is too expensive, or too heavy.
About the Author
Madison Greene's favorite hobby is photography. But, to her, there is nothing more annoying than when the batteries in her laptop or camera lose power and she can't find a store that carries them. Madison has made it easy to find accessories for your digital equipment. To view a large selection of replacement chargers and batteries visit: www.OnlineDigitalAccessories.com
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