short battery life? is this common

Discussion in 'Digital Cameras' started by Survival Bill, Jan 7, 2004.

  1. hello I like many have a new digital camera but I am lucky to get 30 shots
    before the batteries are toast I am using new high quality 4 - AA alkaline

    is this typical of cheep digitals or is it the norm for most of them..

    I am happy enough with the shots it takes and the 30 second .avi it takes

    not happy with low light or backlight shots

    its all full auto so cant play with it to take better shots oh well...

    its a mustek mdc 3000 3.1 mega pixel

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    Ed Ruf Guest

    Normal for all of them, especially when using LCDs and continuous
    autofocus. The solution is to use high capacity rechargable nicle metal
    hydride (NiMh) batteries. A decent place to go for batts and smart chargers
    such as the MAHA is
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    Mark M Guest

    Alkaline batteries are the worst possible choice.
    While most of us have childhood memories of re-chargeable batteries falling
    woefully behind alkalines, for high-draw electronics (like digital cameras
    and flash units), NiMh batteries blow them away. You will find that NiMh
    batteries not only ready your flash (for example) more times, but ALSO more
    quickly than new alkalines. I've done simple experiments with new Duracells
    and fully charged alkalines, and was amazed to see the speed with which the
    NiMh unit fired off shots. Try it. You won't be disappointed.
    Mark M, Jan 7, 2004
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    Bobs Guest

    This question has been answered at least 100 times in the past few
    months, why not do a Google search next time?

    Alkaline batteries give poor service in digital cameras and other
    powered devices that require high pulse currents in operation. These
    high currents cause large amounts of power to be wasted, dissipated by
    the alkaline's relatively high series internal resistance. Both NiCAD
    and NiMH batteries have very low cell impedance, thus can deliver
    power efficiently to low-impedance loads, such as those presented by
    most digicams and electronic flash units.
    Bobs, Jan 7, 2004
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    EarGuy Guest

    I echo everyone else's advice about lakaline batteries. But I will add that
    if you turn your screen off and use the optical viewfinder, you'll get more
    life out of each set of batteries.

    Bueno suerte

    EarGuy, Jan 7, 2004
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    Mark M Guest

    The answer is... When manufacturers quit including them with
    cameras...which falsely promotes them.
    Mark M, Jan 7, 2004
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    Mark Johnson Guest

    But that's the whole point of the digicam, using the LCD to frame the
    shot and check the white balance.

    You can't turn off the LCD. What you can do is use it only when ready
    to shoot - minimize its use. And get 2000-2200 NiMH batteries.

    You can get 'em at Walmart or Fry's, and Walmart will have a portable
    car-lighter fast charger hanging right nearby.
    Mark Johnson, Jan 7, 2004
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    Mark Johnson Guest

    But that's the whole point, vs proprietary lithium. The alkalines DO
    WORK! But they only work for a short time, in an emergency. I had just
    such at a tourist spot, a few months ago. There was a convenience shop
    about a quarter mile away. I jogged up there for some alkalines, and I
    was ready to go.
    Mark Johnson, Jan 7, 2004
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    Dan Sullivan Guest

    You don't need an LCD to frame the shot.

    Use the viewfinder like photographers have been doing for decades!

    And doesn't your camera have AWB?
    The LCD doesn't come on on my Oly D-560 till I turn it on.

    I thought that was a major benefit when I was looking for a carry-around
    digital camera.
    NiMH bats are a must.

    Have fun, Dan Sullivan
    Dan Sullivan, Jan 7, 2004
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    Mark M Guest

    Ah, yes...but the guy who convinced them to put the lithiums in was likely
    fired in the last big money-saving pink-slip party at Kodak.
    Or is that...
    Mark M, Jan 8, 2004
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