Had to buy a new battery pack for my Canon Powershot SD1200 IS.
$39.95 at Amazon (was more at the Canon Web site). This is a ****load
of money, compared to cameras that use "regular" batteries.***
This is by no means a high-end model; ISTR that with warranty, card &
all, it cost just over $200.00. Meaning that the replacement battery
pack comes in at 1/5 of the original price. I bought it in Oct 2009,
and used it a LOT on vacation, but very little at home. Recharged it
as needed, but lately it will not hold a charge very long, so had to
get a new battery pack.
***or is it? I never kept stats on "regular" batteries for previous
cameras, so don't know whether I would have spent $40 on them for the
same period of time and type of usage.
Curious about the relative costs, for future camera purchases (not
high end; just about this level).
Also curious whether this type of battery pack is programmed to take
only so many recharges.
Any experience appreciated.
Seems like Amazon has batteries for this camera from ~$13.
My older Powershot A710 takes 2 AA batteries, and it works fine on good
sets of rechargeables. One of thelessons fromother cameras I had was
that the ability to use AA's (or whatever regular form factor) has the
advantage of being able to gointoany drugstore and buy replacements
Yes, I read you loud & clear; I was iffy about the battery pack,
having always used AA's or whatever, so now would like to find out
whether the rechargeable battery pack gives more value than AA's. Is
there anywhere to find out?
On Wed, 22 Jun 2011 15:22:10 -0700 (PDT), Higgs Boson
At $40 for a replacement pack, it you could have bought about 20
pairs of alkaline batteries (or more if you get them at Dollar Tree).
My dig. camera will take several hundred photos on one pair, and they
are easy to buy anywhere and anytime. I would not buy a camera that
has a battery pack, the same way I wont buy cordless power tools. I
should mention that I have found rechargable batteries to die much
sooner than alkaline batteries. Sure they can be charged again, but
for the cost and number of photos, I think the best value is just
plain alkaline batteries.
Damn, Damn, Damn! I was afraid to buy an "aftermarket" battery lest
it ****up my camera. Well, sadder and $39.95 wiser.
OK, will keep them in mind for when the new battery dies -- if I don't
die first. (that's called whistling in the dark <g>)
Now, would somebody deal with my "inquiring minds" question about
whether I would have spent $40 in AA batteries over the time and use
(heavy vacation use, little home use; bought Oct 'o9)
Yes, you'd have spend a bundle on AA cells and tossed them.
I've be tempted to buy this from B & H though, at a much lower price.
I vehemently disagree!
I've been all through the after-market battery scam for my older Canon
Powershot. They all suck. After buying 3 different brands, all
highly recommended, and all with great reviews, I finally gave up and
paid the exhorbitant price for a genuine Canon from B&H. The Canon
brand battery takes a charge, gives me more shots per charge, and
holds its charge 3 times longer than the after-market batteries. The
other batteries were cheaper, but the Canon battery lasts longer than
the other three combined. In the end, it's the better bargin, despite
having a higher price.
Yes, we've bought a number of the aftermarket ones and have the same
experience. The don't last as long.
For those that prefer regular batteries, litium rechargables last
longer per charge that nicad rechargable or disposable.
On Wed, 22 Jun 2011 17:39:44 -0700 (PDT), jamesgangnc
And since I don't use my camera a lot, but want it to WORK when I
want it, I use Energizer Lithium 2 batteries. Non rechargeable, but
good for hundreds of shots on both my Kodak and my Panasonic Lumix.
Rechargeables - even real GOOD ones, are seen as dead 2 weeks after
charging, or after less than 100 shots within several hours.
On 6/22/2011 11:02 PM, firstname.lastname@example.org wrote:
My Panasonic Lumix FZ18 uses a rechargeable battery pack. I bought a
spare on Amazon (http://tinyurl.com/65evp3d ) for 13 bucks a while ago.
Both original (about 3-4 years old) and spare hold charge for long time,
and take a ton of pictures before going dead.
My old Kodak digital used 4 AA batteries and came with rechargeable
batteries, they lasted fairly long but spare rechargeable AA never
worked as well (as long between charges) nor lasted as long as the
original Kodak batteries.
You Can't Fix Stupid, but You Can Vote it Out!
Couple & a piece on eBay including extra charger. I never had troubel
using them. I have 3 cameras using rechargeable Li batteries.
My main one uses 4 AA batterries. Easy to replace, easy to find when
batteries goes loq. Camera specs. tell how many shots a fully charged
battery will take(w/o flash and w/flash), something to look when buying
My family has a couple Canon SD1000's. I've shot a lot of videos &
my wife shoots a lot of stills.
Both cameras are way more than two years old & the batteries seem
I'm surprised at the seemingly short life. I only charge when the
camera tells me that the battery is low.
I'm a fan of devices that use STANDARD batteries.
But my luck with cameras has been dismal. I've had several cameras
that used 2 or 4 AA batteries. None of them work worth a darn.
My experience with lithium powered cameras has been satisfactory.
Hey thanks for that way kewl professional-sounding analysis.
One thing caught my eye under Li-Ion advantages:
" Li-Ion batteries can be left in devices that are not used for long
periods of time"
Hadn't thought about that! What do they mean "long periods of time"?
Weeks? Months? Years? I typically use my little Canon for a few
shots around the house and garden maybe once a week or less. Does
that mean I should remove the battery in between?
Any experience out there?
Me too. Not just a fan-- I won't own a camera that doesn't take them.
We bought a Nikon CP950 when they first came out. Thankfully we'd
read enough reviews on it to have a dozen NimH [I think they were
200mAh or something at the time] ready to go. the camera ate the
included 4 alkalines in about 2 hours.
Using 2 chargers, and a dozen NimH we were never left lacking for
battery power with that camera. I've done the same thing with
cameras I've had since then.
My current camera is a Canon A520. Between having a more efficient
camera and 2300mAh Nimh- battery management isn't nearly as
challenging as it once was.
I only have lithium in a couple drills. I like the quick charge.
If you camera has in input for an external power supply you can
connect an external battery pack there. That is what I did when I
broke the door to my built in battery pack. I figure if 4 AA is OK 4 D
cells should be great. I bought a 4 cell battery pack at Radio Shack
and found the cable at a camera store.. I put the battery pack in a
belt munted ammo pack.
No, it doesn't have input for ext power supply.
Here is a link answering the question I had asked about when to remove
battery from camera not in use. Plus other useful info on charging
and recharging, etc.
HomeOwnersHub.com is a website for homeowners and building and maintenance pros. It is not affiliated with any of the manufacturers or service providers discussed here.
All logos and trade names are the property of their respective owners.