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Old Aug 18, 2004, 12:35 AM   #1
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This evening I bought new Pentax Optio43WR. I am so excited and at the same time I am nervous cuz it is my first digital camera. I will be doing lots of experimenting before my week-long backpack trio in a week and one-half. :|

My concern is the batteries longevity. I don't want to carry too many batteries due to weight and space. I have heard that non-chargeable CV-3 is the best. I am wondering which brand is the best. I bought Sanyo from the camera store and am not sure about its quality. Would like to hear from other people's experience with certain brand CV-3 (or AA lithium) for a long period of time.

Many thanks.
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Old Aug 18, 2004, 12:14 PM   #2
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I've only used regular CRV3 batteries as a backup for my 43wr, and hardly ever have to fall back on them. For less than the price of one-use CRV3's you can buy rechargeable NIMH AA's, or rechargeable CRV3's (RCRV3) that can be used many times.
Using rechargeable batteries is much more cost-effective, and environmentally friendly.
I purchased the RCRV3's, and they seeem to outlast my rechargeable NIMH AA's (2400MAH).
The most inexpensive place to get the RCRV3's, and charger, that I have found is buy.com. The Omicron batteries alone are only $12 there, and I have seen them at $25 each, elsewhere. Keep in mind that not every RCRV3 charger is compatible with every RCRV3 battery, if you decide to go that route. Omicron has their own charger, and their RCRV3's are also compatible with Digipower chargers.
Rechargeable NIMH AA's are fine, as well. I found thay they have to go through a discharge, and recharge cycle a couple of times when new, before their full potential is realized, so if you go that route, don't be surprised if the camera does not operate as long as you expect with the first couple of charges.
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Old Aug 22, 2004, 1:18 AM   #3
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Thanks for sharing your experiences with batteries.

I will go ahead with several non-rechargeable CVR-3 (I agree with you rechargeable is cost effective and environmentally friendly). I am nervous cuz I just bought this camera and am in experiment stage.

Only one more week left till my week-long backpack trip, do you have any tips for me regarding this camera? I'd appreciate that very much.

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Old Nov 9, 2004, 12:43 AM   #4
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