Manufacturer Battery vs. OEM Battery

Discussion in 'Digital Cameras' started by rab, May 8, 2005.

  1. rab

    rab Guest

    I need to buy an additional battery for my Canon SD400 (NB-4L). SHould
    I go with a Canon-branded battery, or are the OEM batteries (non-Canon)
    just as good.

    Thanks in advance.
    rab, May 8, 2005
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    Paul Furman Guest

    Ritz Camera brand are almost worthless!
    Paul Furman, May 8, 2005
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    PhotoMan Guest

    Not necessarily true. Camera makers may specify more rigid specs, standards
    or materials than the third party brands.
    PhotoMan, May 8, 2005
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    MarkH Guest

    The Canon batteries are often not a good as the better 3rd party ones. I
    bought some good batteries from sterlingtek that beat my original Canon
    MarkH, May 8, 2005
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    peter Guest

    3rd party batteries are a much better deal. However, from time to time I
    hear horry stories about no-brand batteries exploding in cell phone, which I
    assume could happen in cameras as well.

    A middle ground would be to buy brand name 3rd party batteries or buy
    no-brand batteries from a brand-name store. Either way, someone would stand
    behind the product and therefore there would be better quality check.

    Buying no brand batteries from no brand store or ebay is the riskiest.
    Although I have done exactly that and had no problem so far.
    peter, May 8, 2005
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    JohnR66 Guest

    In my experience with the BP-80 (I think it was) Lithium-ion in my Fujifilm

    Battery that shipped with the camera lasted the longest between recharges
    when it was new. It was nearly usless after three years. I could get maybe
    10 shots before the battery warning after three years. It would have cost
    $50-60 to replace. (on a 3 year old digital, no thanks)

    I bought a Digipower brand 3rd party battery for $35. It never lasted as
    long between charges and was junk after only a year.

    Next I bought a $13 BP-80 off of ebay. That is $13 shipped! It too never
    lasted between charges as the OEM, but was as good as the Digipower for a
    fraction of the price. I didn't keep the camera long after getting it, but
    I'd bet it would be junk in under a year. Still not a bad deal considering
    the price.

    Dissapointed in Li-ion, I bought a camera that used 2 AAs. I figured I'd be
    using Ni-mh, after getting over 120 shots from the alkalines, I stayed with
    the alkalines. 6 mo. later, I have 500 shots on the camera and still have
    not used up the $5 8 pack of akalines.

    OTOH, The Li-ion in my dRebel lasts quite long and has not seem to fade yet.
    I've only had the camera for 18 mo. If it lasts for 3 years, perhaps I won't
    think all Li-ion batteries suck! : )
    JohnR66, May 10, 2005
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    Ron Hunter Guest

    Lithium-ion batteries have an average use life of 3 years, whether used
    heavily or not. Just consider it an anticipated expense if you buy them.
    Ron Hunter, May 10, 2005
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