Digital Camera Battery

Batteries fulfill the high power requirements of digital cameras. They are also the sole driving force in them. Digital cameras are becoming smaller by the day, which has developed a need to develop smaller and smaller batteries. The small batteries are also required to have the capacity to feed these cameras for a considerable length of time.

Few types of batteries dominate the world of digital cameras. AA, CR-V3, CR2 and AAA batteries are the most readily available types available in the off-the-shelf category. These are easily available everywhere. The CR2 and CR-V3 batteries are meant for single use. They are lithium based and commonly used in camcorders. The AA batteries are more commonly used everywhere. However, these are capable of generating power for a short time only. Most consumers have shown a preference for AA Nickel metal hydride batteries. These are popularly called NiMH and provide enough power.

They are also rechargeable. Lithium ion batteries generate even more power than NiMH batteries, which tend to discharge when out of use. These are available in Ah and mAh ratings, Ampere-hour and milli-ampere-hour ratings, which affect their lasting quality in terms of time taken to use. However, off the shelf batteries are compatible with mid-range consumer model cameras and certain low – end models only. Very few DSLR cameras are known to accept them. The best alternatives to these are Sigma SD10 and RCR-V3 lithium-ion batteries.

Proprietary battery formats come under the second category. These are custom made for manufacturers, and work as OEM or after market replacement parts. All proprietary batteries only take a particular number of recharges. After that the battery life begins to degrade. The typical cycle is up to five hundred recharges. All proprietary batteries are lithium ion and give good performance considering their tiny size. Low-end consumer model cameras and the high-end professional models, both are known for using lithium ion batteries.

Limited battery life is a huge problem with digital cameras. The use of LCD viewfinder hastens the consumption of camera batteries. Most digital cameras are now sold with rechargeable batteries and battery chargers. These cost between $30 and $100. Cameras that come with these are typically sold at a higher price to include the above charges. It is advisable to keep a stock of extra batteries on hand. Another option can be to buy an extra rechargeable battery pack.

Sony, Nikon, Canon, JVC, Eforce, Casio, Olympus, Panasonic, Pentax, Hama, generic, Minolta and Rico are some well-known manufacturers of camera batteries. The most popular among them are Canon, Sony, Nikon and JVC. Besides these there are many unbranded battery manufacturer in the world. Fuji film has also gained some visibility as a battery manufacturer. It is very difficult for a common man to identify the right batteries for their cameras. Rechargeable options, which suit the client, disappear from the market in no time due to new companies entering digital camera battery manufacturing all the time. It is very to make a thorough study of available batteries and their compatibility with the camera you intend to purchase.

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