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Old Jan 12, 2004, 9:23 PM   #1
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I bought a new (OK it's not SOTA) Canon A300. Put in the alks that came with it. I realize this is a high drain device and I need to get some rechargeables.
I took 3 shots in M1, Fine; all required flash. It's out of shooting gas! I put it in autoplay, it's been going now for 30 minutes. 2 minutes of shooting, out a gas, 30 minutes of AP?
WTF! Is this normal or is there something possibly wrong with this and it should go back?
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Old Jan 13, 2004, 8:18 AM   #2
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It's your battery.

Alkaline batteries are not designed for today's high power drain digicams. When you are taking pictures, your cameras are doing many things at the same time: Metering, focusing, previewing with LCD, and may be recharging the flash.... creating a surge current demand on the batteries. Especially with the flash recharging and LCD previewing. Alkaline batteries has lower maximum discharge rate than all other types of battery chemistry. Batteries will virtually "shut off" when the power demand is higher than the batteries' maximum discharge rate.

Autoplay requires steady and lower current drain than when you are taking pictures with LCD on (on others functions). That's why it will last that long.

Get some good Ni-MH rechargeables and 4-Channel Chargers. They are the best fit for your camera. They are rechargeable which translates into a lot of savings. They can give you a lot more shots when you remember to recharge them right before you need to use them. Ni-MH has pretty high self-discharge rate.

Personally, I would keep a set of non-rechargeable Lithium battery for back up purpose. They have a shelf life of over 5 years. They are good to go when you forget to recharge your Ni-MH.
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Old Jan 13, 2004, 9:03 AM   #3
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and I assume the larger the better. 1800 is good 2100 is better?
any brands to stick with or are they all pretty much the same?
I was going to get this.

http://www.fujifilmmall.com/product.asp?sku=43860779[/b][/url]
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Old Jan 13, 2004, 9:21 AM   #4
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Default Which Ni-MH is better?

Well, given under the same brand of battery, higher capacity (mAh) is usually better.

To me, I think the charger is even more important. Without a good charger, a good battery doesn't do much good.

There are threads in the forum recommends different batteries and chargers.
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