Do I really need lithium batteries for my camera?

Or can I just rub some Zoloft™ on my Duracells™?

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  • Pey
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    1 decade ago
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    Check replacement battery prices when buying a new camera. Some Lithium batteries cost almost as much as the camera and may be only good for 200 shots between charges.

    You will need to use the batteries designed for your camera. Some are proprietary and may only be available from the camera maker. That is a nice way for the camera maker to get extra money.

    There are some new formula Duracell and Ray O Vac batteries that are supposed to come precharged and hold charge for one year. Hope that is really true, but have not tried those yet.

    Have read and my experience is that 2000mAh batteries have a longer life than those with higher ratings. The following excerpts are from the source link and may help make your digital cameras work better with NiMH batteries.

    Camera reports batteries low, but is it low charge or bad electrical contacts? Overcharging can ruin good batteries! The secret to making digital cameras work better is having good electrical contacts between batteries and camera.

    Digital cameras require lots of power. Bad electrical contacts can cause lots of problems so battery and camera contacts must be cleaned properly. Batteries may be fully charged, but will be viewed as low if contacts are not really good. The LCD screen is a low steady load, but when lens extension, optical zoom, focus, and flash charging are added in the capture mode; the load is very heavy. Bad contacts make cameras do strange things like making bad pictures or shutting off with the lens out.

    CAUTION Do not overcharge! Batteries can be severely damaged. Use an automatic two or more hour Energizer Compact smart charger with safety timer, temperature monitor, and trickle charge technology ($9.76) at Walmart. For longer life, use Duracell 2000mAh batteries and a full cycle charge monthly. Ray O Vac 2100mAh batteries are half the price and may do just as well, but have not tried them. To preserve battery charge, use the view finder and not the LCD screen when possible.

    Never touch battery ends or camera electrical contacts. Oil from fingers will contaminate contacts. Use batteries in matched pairs of same brand and rating. Do not mix old and new batteries. New will only do as well as old.

    NiMH batteries should be recharged before using in digital cameras after two weeks. Old batteries can discharge over night, but may provide near normal service if used immediately after being charged. Battery pairs no longer usable in cameras may work well in flashlights. Do not allow battery voltage below one volt as this could result in polarity reversal. Do not drop batteries on a hard surface or use damaged/leaking batteries.

    Many of the new cameras come with only an LCD screen which is almost impossible to see in bright sun so you should try to find one that also has an optical view finder.

    Higher mega pixels may not really be the best thing to look for. It is more expensive, takes longer to process, and may not be needed unless you are making a really large picture or blowing up a small part of a picture. Maximum print size for a 3 mega pixel setting is 8 x 10 inches.

    http://www.kodak.com/eknec/PageQuerier.jhtml?pq-pa... ...

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    Lots of great camera tips in these two links. http://www.danscamera.com/Learning/going_digital/#... ...

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    There is no one particular place to get great buys, but you may see something below that really helps you find the best buy. Click on the first link in the information below for an example and search for your camera of choice at the upper left.

    This may not be an SLR, but Canon seems to make the best cameras for the money. Just saw this camera at Best Buy and think it is a great camera and a best buy. It has an optical viewfinder, image stabilizer, auto focus, and uses NiMH rechargeable batteries. Read as much of the following as you can for other information and help with choosing a camera.

    Canon A590IS $149.99 at Best Buy store yesterday.

    http://bountii.com/deal-1523871-canon-powershot-8-... ...

    There are so many cameras out there it is difficult to say which is best, but digital is definitely the way to go. The second source link will be very helpful as it list most of the cameras out there with prices.

    What gives a camera its picture quality? The following information should help you know what to look for in a camera.

    The short answer is that it is mostly the skill of the photographer that produces high quality pictures. The lens and camera are very important, but the ability to set the scene, adjust the cameras settings, and hold the camera very still or use a tripod with auto or remote shutter actuation when required is what gets the great pictures.

    The information about my camera is just to show that you don't need the biggest and best. Just know how to use the one you have.

    My camera has 5.2 mega pixel, but I use 3 most of the time because it gives great results, is faster, and takes less memory. Also, it only has a 3 x optical zoom and 7x digital zoom. I never use the digital zoom because making pictures larger works better on the computer. This is an old camera, but everyone is impressed with the quality pictures it takes ... like magic.

    Check with the Geeks in several stores and compare prices. Ask what cameras they own, but don't believe everything you hear. Once you select a camera read all about it in the owner's manual. Just learned that my camera has red-eye prevention and correction. It also has adaptive lighting. You may be able to view owners manuals at this link, but will need to Login. http://www.retrevo.com/s/digital+camera ...

    The source links will show most of the cameras out there with prices and help make your digital cameras work better.

  • 1 decade ago

    They're certainly better. They last longer in terms of their charge, and their life is a lot longer. My experience has been the lithium batteries tend to work better, with less maintenance.

    Go lithium; its the best for your camera. Lots of $$$ wasted with Rechargeable Duracell's, etc.

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