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Old Dec 13, 2003, 10:19 AM   #1
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I have decided on The Nikon coolpix 3100 camera, but have a few questions regarding accessories.

1. What kind of batteries should I buy. I would like to get rechargeable but am somewhat confused by all the different kins. Ni-cad, lithium ion, quickcharge, no memory(?) charge, etc. Are there certain brands, kinds, etc. that would be best?

2. Do I need a flash card reader? I believe I can plug the camera directly into the computer via a USB cable. Does this drain the batteries? Would a flash card reader be easier/better/etc?

3. Would like to get an additional flash card other than the supplied 16mb, but there seems to be a great many different brands. Are some better than others?

Thanks in advance, I have found this forum most helpful.
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Old Dec 13, 2003, 10:28 AM   #2
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I have decided on The Nikon coolpix 3100 camera, but have a few questions regarding accessories.

1. What kind of batteries should I buy. I would like to get rechargeable but am somewhat confused by all the different kins. Ni-cad, lithium ion, quickcharge, no memory(?) charge, etc. Are there certain brands, kinds, etc. that would be best?

2. Do I need a flash card reader? I believe I can plug the camera directly into the computer via a USB cable. Does this drain the batteries? Would a flash card reader be easier/better/etc?

3. Would like to get an additional flash card other than the supplied 16mb, but there seems to be a great many different brands. Are some better than others?

Thanks in advance, I have found this forum most helpful.

I'm not familiar with this particular model, but your questions are generic enough to be answered.

1. Buy rechargeable batteries. Assuming the camera uses AA, buy the 2100 mah NiMH. They will give you more power and last longer between charges. Personally, I would buy a second set and keep them charged and nearby.

2. You could get by with just the connecting cord to the camera, but this does drain your camera batteries and is generally slower than a card reader. If you have USB 2.0, the card reader will be MUCH faster. Card readers are a relatively inexpensive accessory that, although not necessary, are a great convenience.

3. Yes, you will want a larger size flash card -- as large as you can afford -- 512 should give you plenty of space, 256 would be my minimum choice. Depending on the quality of the image you select, you will fill that 16 Meg card with just a few shots. It would be similar to going on vacation with only a 12 exposure roll of film. Lexar, Sandisk, Memorex are all good cards. There are others that will work equally as well.
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Old Dec 13, 2003, 10:39 AM   #3
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if your camera takes AA batts that is basically the form factor that you need.

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Nicad- don't waste your money

NiMh- your best bet. Maha or the new rayovacs. the newer formulations can take quick charges the new rayovacs an do it in 15 minutes or so. i have various one and they all work well. get at least 2 sets and match them with an ID identing each set. don't mix them after that.
http://www.thomas-distributing.com/

Li ion- ther is a set out there.it may or may not fit/work with your camera. it initial cost is $69 for 2 cells paired permanently (possible fit issue and a dedicated charger. a second set of batts is $39.
https://www.batteryx.com/product/Doc...#Compatibility

2- a reader will save the batteries from being wasted doing a direct transfer from the camera. its generally faster depending on the type of cf card and usb port you have. so yes it is better to use a reader in my opinion

3-lexar sandisk delkin are first tier companies depending on models have from 5 yr to lifetime warranties on their products
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Old Dec 13, 2003, 12:00 PM   #4
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Your camera does use AA Batteries. As others have already mentioned, you'll want to buy a Charger, with high capacity NiMH Rechargeable Batteries. AA Alkalines will be a waste of money, since the LCD draws too much power.

Steve has a review of your camera here:

http://www.walmart.com/catalog/produ...3A57907%3A4402

Even discount stores like Walmart sell inexpensive charger/battery packages. Rayovac does have a 15 minute quick charger, but you must use Rayovac IC-3 batteries, since they are designed specifically for this charger, in order to get the fast charge times.

This charger is out of stock at Walmart's web site, but you can probably locate one at a store:

http://www.walmart.com/catalog/produ...3A57907%3A4402

Here are the batteries you must use with it (it is not designed to work with other brands of NiMH batteries). These are 2000mAh batteries, which is a very good rating. You can use other brands, but it will act as an overnight (versus quick) charger:

http://www.walmart.com/catalog/produ...3A57907%3A4411

Steve reviewed it here:

http://www.steves-digicams.com/2003_...yovac_ic3.html

Steve also has as review of a Rayovac 1 hour charger, which comes with 2 lower capacity (1600mAh) batteries here:

http://www.steves-digicams.com/rayovac_nimh.html

As far as a card reader, it's not required, but would allow faster transfer times, without the need for the camera to stay connected. Steve has reviews of some of them on this site. Here's an example of a fast, Lexar "all-in-one" reader:

http://www.steves-digicams.com/2003_..._mcr-usb2.html

I've seen this one discounted for under $30.00 lately on some of the online vendor sites.

You can find dedicated CompactFlash (versus "multi-card") readers for less.
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