alkaline batteries (when told not to use them)

Discussion in 'Digital Cameras' started by j, Oct 3, 2003.

  1. j

    j Guest


    I have a Sony DSC-U20 and the manual states not to use alkaline, only NI-MH.

    Does anyone know if alkalines will actually damage the camera? I'd like to
    be able to use them if I'm stuck.

    j, Oct 3, 2003
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    Zol. Guest

    I shouldn`t have thought there would be a problem, they may just have been
    advising you not to use alkalines when using a dc power adapter - either
    that or the Sony has a very low tollerance to the slightly higher voltage in
    normal (non-rechargeable batteries) - a bit strange though ... Zol.
    Zol., Oct 3, 2003
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    Lucas Tam Guest

    Nope, the batteries shouldn't damange the camera, but Alkalines won't last
    very long... maybe 20 - 30 shots vs. 150 - 200 with NiMh.

    You may want to try Lithium AA batteries if you can find em (expensive
    Lucas Tam, Oct 3, 2003
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    Mark B. Guest

    You might damage the camera when you throw it after going through multiple
    sets of alkalines in a very short period of time ;-) Alkalines don't
    last long at all in digital camras. A couple sets of NiMH and a good
    charger are really the best solution.

    Mark B., Oct 3, 2003
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    Ralph Mowery Guest

    The digital cams require a very large current and short pulse from the
    battery. The nimh will do that tuil it is very ran down. The alkalines
    will not do that. They will run a flashlight for a while after they will
    not run the cam. In the cams you only get to use about 1/4 to 1/2 half the
    normal capacity of the alkalines before they will appear dead.
    Ralph Mowery, Oct 3, 2003
  6. Or just bring along another 2 sets of charged nimh batteries...
    I've always got 5 fully charged sets in my bag and one in my camera
    when I'm packing my D7Hi. They don't weigh that much and one's
    ill always on the safe side. Not advisable for going on trips where
    you can't power your charger though.
    Then again: Is it wise to bring your digicam for that?

    Just my five cents... - Mathias
    Mathias Schmid, Oct 4, 2003
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