newbie seeking advice

Discussion in 'Photography' started by SteveB, Jul 12, 2005.

  1. SteveB

    SteveB Guest

    I recently took a leap of faith, and bought a Sony DSC H1 camera with a 1GB
    card.

    It does not come with a AC power cord, but comes with two nimh aa batteries
    and charger.

    I need a AC-LS5K power supply and some AA NiMh batteries.

    The prices for these items are all over the board. Is there any difference
    in power supply manufacturers?

    What about batteries? I went to HiMh on my walkie talkies and scanner, and
    they are waaaaaaaay better than NiCd or alkaline. But, the prices range
    from a couple of bucks a battery to around 8 bucks per battery. I am going
    to need a total of ten, two for the camera, and eight for a GPS. They seem
    to come in four packs.

    So, three packs times $$$ can run into a big difference between brands.

    Any advice, opinions, or experience appreciated.

    Also, any comments about the Sony DSC H1 will be read.

    Anyone have one of these chargers they want to part with?

    Steve
     
    SteveB, Jul 12, 2005
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    chrlz Guest

    Maybe the reason noone has replied is that noone feels qualified, or
    your questions were a bit too general.. but here you go:
    If thecamera uses standard AA's, then any barnd of batteries/charger
    will work..
    Yes. A lot of difference. First, the charger must be designed for the
    type of batteries. Second, better chargers use various methods to
    ensure they don't overcharge, include temperature and voltage sensors.
    I have no idea who makes the best, but a search of the group (or
    rec.photo.digital) would turn up clues...
    Yes, they are, but this is pretty basic stuff that you could look up
    anywhere.
    The cheaper ones probably are less well made, or have lower power
    ratings.
    Just about every manufacturer I've seen also makes two packs.
    Yes, but that cost is spread over the life of the batteries, which
    should be at least a year, probably much more if you look after them.
    Try dpreview.com, imaging-resource.com, steves digicams, etc..
    Not me.
     
    chrlz, Jul 13, 2005
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    burlev Guest

    The best charger I've found is the Ray-O-Vac PS4 (it happens to be the
    best deal for the price as well). This is a smart charger and charges
    each battery individually. It will charge NiCD or NiMH batteries (but -
    really, you should dispose of those environment killing NiCDs - NiMH
    are so much better).

    Last year I found 2050 mAh batteries online for <$1 each with $7
    shipping. So, I bought a dozen. It turned out that the batteries I got
    were duracells and they've been outstanding.

    If I were you I wouldn't bother with the power cord. Just carry extra
    batteries. Note, if you are going to be doing cold weather work you'll
    probably want to get lithium batteries.

    Good luck with this.
    Burl
     
    burlev, Jul 15, 2005
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  4. SteveB

    burlev Guest

    By "best deal for the price" on the Ray-O-Vac charger I mean that you
    should be able to get them for about $32.
     
    burlev, Jul 15, 2005
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