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Old Apr 23, 2010, 2:30 PM   #1
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Default Panasonic FZ35 High capacity battery

I just bought a Panasonic FZ35 on line and the salesman at Thunder Camera said it comes with a battery that will only last for 20 minutes before it needs to be recharged. I found this hard to believe, and told him I will take it as is from Panasonic. Does anyone have experience with different batteries for this camera? Is there really such different spec batteries?
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Old Apr 23, 2010, 4:27 PM   #2
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From it's review conclusion here:

Powering the FZ35 is a 7.2V, 695mAh Li-Ion battery that is capable of capturing up to 470 images on a single charge (CIPA standards). While completing our tests, we were able to capture approx. 250 images and several videos, while still having plenty of battery power left to continue shooting. This is excellent battery performance that should easily last a full day or weekend of casual shooting. We still recommend having a spare battery as a backup just in case. With included external charger, it is easy to keep both batteries charged all the time.

There are lots of scammers around with nice looking web sites, and most of them are located in Brooklyn, where they seem to be able to get away with it.

When you see prices that are much lower than you find at reputable online vendors like http://www.buydig.com, http://www.bhphotovideo.com or http://www.amazon.com , there is usually going to be a catch. ;-)

The scammers will usually call you to "confirm the order". Then, you'll often find that they'll want to sell you high priced memory cards, batteries, extended warranties, stuff that normally comes with the camera anyway, want to include inflated shipping and insurance charges (sometimes unauthorized), anything to increase their profit (since they usually can't sell the camera alone at the advertised prices without losing money).

If you don't buy enough of the outrageously priced extras, your camera will often go to backorder status (of course, the web sites still show them in stock and your credit card has been charged). They'll often sell gray market gear, too (not intended for sale in the country you live in with a store versus manufacturers warranty).

This has been going on for years. It's a racket.

Do yourself a favor and stick with a reputable dealer.

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Old Apr 23, 2010, 4:31 PM   #3
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I found this page with a quick Google Search. If you scroll down, you'll see user comments at the bottom of the page:

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