G10 memory battery internal?

Discussion in 'Digital Cameras' started by Frank H, Jan 31, 2009.

  1. Frank H

    Frank H Guest

    Hi all

    I have had a look at the Canon G10, as a second and travel camera, but
    I could not see any battery to hold the memory, like I have in my S3
    IS. Does one have to send this camera to a dealer to replace this
    battery? Would be a big step backwards in usability and user
    friendlyness.
    Perhaps I overlooked it, and it is hiding someplace?

    Thanks to those that can shed some light on this for me.

    Cheers,

    Frank
     
    Frank H, Jan 31, 2009
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    Sheila Guest

    Are you just talking about the camera battery. If so, it is on the
    bottom of the camera, there is a slot that you push to one side and the
    battery is there with the card.
     
    Sheila, Jan 31, 2009
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  3. Frank H

    Frank H Guest

    No, Sheila,

    I am talking about the battery that holds the settings, as well as
    time and date.

    Cheers,

    Frank
     
    Frank H, Jan 31, 2009
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  4. Frank H

    J. Clarke Guest

    Odds are that they are using a supercapacitor for this purpose instead
    of a coin cell.
     
    J. Clarke, Jan 31, 2009
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  5. Frank H

    Sheila Guest


    I've never heard of that kind of battery. There is probably memory that
    holds this information. I've never had that kind of battery in any of
    my digital cameras and I have a few. I also have a G10.
     
    Sheila, Jan 31, 2009
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  6. Frank H

    Frank H Guest

    Hi John,

    Yes, you might be right. I had one of those in my Oly 5050.

    My S3 IS has one of those larger flat 'button' cells, and when they
    give up, after about three years or so, one just sticks in a new one.

    But, not so with this capacitor.
    I bet the G10 has either a capacitor or a small and seperate lythium
    cell. So it would have to be serviced by a dealer, for I saw no easy
    way into this camera.

    Thanks,

    Frank
     
    Frank H, Jan 31, 2009
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    Prometheus Guest

    A capacitor should outlast the camera, but will only maintain clock and
    settings for a short period whilst the main battery is replaced, a
    Lytham cell could run the clock for ten or more years, which might well
    outlast the camera of you use it a lot.
     
    Prometheus, Jan 31, 2009
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    Justin C Guest

    Could this data not be stored in non-volatile memory of the same type on
    an SD card?

    Justin.
     
    Justin C, Jan 31, 2009
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  9. Frank H

    Frank H Guest

    Hi again Sheila,

    And thanks also to those who responded as well.

    I just downloaded the manual for the G10 from Canon.

    On the very top of page 15, it states:
    A rechargeable lithium battery is built into the camera to save such
    settings as Date/Time. It seems to charge itself off of the primary
    battery in about 4 hours.
    If you do not have your primary battery in the camera while not in
    use, this built in lithium battery will totally discharge within 3
    weeks, and you would have to re-do your settings.

    Now I still wonder how much Mr. Canon would charge to replace this
    secondary battery when the time comes, and it will.

    Cheers,

    Frank
     
    Frank H, Jan 31, 2009
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  10. About the price of a comparable, new camera, probably.
     
    Allodoxaphobia, Jan 31, 2009
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  11. Frank H

    Ofnuts Guest

    The clock should be kept running.
     
    Ofnuts, Jan 31, 2009
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  12. Frank H

    Ofnuts Guest

    Given the planned longevity and obsolescence of the camera, that would
    be the least of my worries.
     
    Ofnuts, Feb 1, 2009
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  13. Frank H

    Frank H Guest

    Yes Bertrand, you are probably right.
    Although, I really liked the feel of that cam, and I have not heard
    too many bad things about it, this battery kind of makes me shy away
    from it. On the cheaper S3 IS and perhaps also on the S5 IS, I can
    change that battery in under 25 seconds.

    So, in other words, I am still looking for a good travel camera. One
    that I can along on hikes, and to Europe in June this year.

    Cheers,

    Frank
     
    Frank H, Feb 1, 2009
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    Dave Cohen Guest

    Frank, given a choice between your bets and the Canon manual, I'll bet
    on the Canon manual.
    Dave Cohen
     
    Dave Cohen, Feb 1, 2009
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    Justin C Guest

    Yes, of course. Wasn't thinking.

    Justin.
     
    Justin C, Feb 1, 2009
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  16. Frank H

    Sheila Guest

    Thank Frank for the information. I guess I will want to keep my battery
    in my camera.
     
    Sheila, Feb 1, 2009
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  17. Frank H

    Frank H Guest

    Hi Sheila,

    Are you otherwise happy with this G10?
    To me it seems quite well constructed, and with the secondary battery
    not being as critical as it seemed at first, I should take another
    look at it.

    Thanks also to everyone that helped out.

    Cheers,

    Frank
     
    Frank H, Feb 1, 2009
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    Ofnuts Guest

    Well, I have owned a Olympus C300Z, a Panasonic FZ8, and currently a
    Canon 450D (and I have read the user manual end-to-end for each) and
    that's the first time I hear about changing the backup battery.
    The G10 :)
     
    Ofnuts, Feb 1, 2009
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    Sheila Guest

    Absolutely!
     
    Sheila, Feb 2, 2009
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  20. Frank H

    Sheila Guest

    I've only had mine since Christmas and I love it. I got this camera as
    a walking around camera as my DSLR was just to big and bulky to always
    take with me in the car. Plus it won't tempt would be thieves as my
    other cameras would.
     
    Sheila, Feb 2, 2009
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