Newbie: Fuji Finepix E510 - batteries die quickly - help!

Discussion in 'Fuji' started by Claudia Sheridan, Dec 24, 2004.

  1. Hi,

    Apologies in advance if this sounds a stupid/too vague a question...

    I just got my first digital camera, a Fuji Finepix E510 (5.2 mp) and I was
    horrified by how quickly the battery power ran out. I put the batteries in
    at 5pm and by 7:30pm I was putting in new ones! And I didn't even have the
    camera on constantly - I was flicking it on/off in those two hours as I read
    the manual and explored the various settings, and since viewing the menu
    requires the LCD to be switched on, the battery power just vanished before I
    had a chance to try all the menus. I also had it connected to my laptop via
    USB most of the time, and I was hoping that would help power it -obviously
    I know it's going to take me days to 'explore' (and thus have the LCD on)
    and at this rate I will be buying lots of batteries. I wanted to ask if
    there is any particular 'extra powerful' battery for these cameras? The
    batteries my camera takes are AA sized, and the Panasonic ones that came
    with the camera lasted no longer than the 'cheapo' AA batteries bought at
    the newsagents. I know an obvious solution is to use rechargeable
    batteries, but this is of little use to me when I'm away from my house
    (unless a recharged battery lasts longer than the most powerful
    non-rechargeable one..?). I want to ensure that I can spend several hours
    outside with this camera without it dying on me.

    Hope someone can help!

    Claudia Sheridan, Dec 24, 2004
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  2. Claudia Sheridan

    Mark Dunn Guest

    You can buy lithium double-AA cells but they cost a packet.. Your answer is
    rechargeables. 7dayshop have Uniross NiMH for not much over a quid, bought
    in 8's, with a 2-hour charger that runs off the car battery as well as the
    mains. They have a similar capacity to alkalines. I have 3 sets (of 4) and
    have rarely come unstuck. They're good for 70-150 or more pics in my C725.
    Another solution is a mains transformer for playing around and studio use.
    The manufacturers' models are 30 or 40 quid, but I bought one from RS for
    about £4.
    Mark Dunn, Dec 24, 2004
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