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Old Feb 24, 2014, 2:38 PM   #1
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Default Olympus SZ-16: When to FORMAT SD cards & battery charge question

I recently bought an Olympus SZ-16.

How often should I format my SD card?

Is is OK to recharge the battery before the icon shows near empty, or is it best to always carry a spare charged battery.

Does a charged spare battery run down over time even when not installed?

New to this . . . thanks in advance.
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Old Feb 24, 2014, 8:05 PM   #2
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Hi and welcome to Steve's. To answer your questions in order.

"How often should I format my SD card?"

1. As often as you like, I format my cards ( in the camera) after each download. That way, my images are on the computer, not filling up my card.

"Is is OK to recharge the battery before the icon shows near empty, or is it best to always carry a spare charged battery?"


2. Yes, since most batteries now are Lithium Ion, and are not subject to "memory problems", and a spare battery is an option, if you plan to shoot a lot of pictures. I have been carrying spare batteries for both cameras for many years, and have never needed them. Your situation may be different.

"Does a charged spare battery run down over time even when not installed?"

3. Yes, though normally very slowly. I always charge my batteries the day before I am going shooting, just to be on the safe side.

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Old Feb 25, 2014, 7:15 AM   #3
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Thanks, H-W, I guess I'm going to buy a spare battery. Is the Olympus brand worth the higher price? Also, I saw some suspiciously low prices for Li-50B batteries over at Amazon. Are these cheapies damaged goods, or dropped off the back of a truck?

I understand that often price isn't everything.
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Hi Thirties: Looks like Hawgwild answered your questions very well.

As far as batteries, the only thing I can add is that I have had good results with Wasabi batteries purchased thru Amazon. So my spare batteries are both Olympus and Wasabi. You can never have too many spare batteries.
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G'day 30s

I had similar queries years ago when I started out as well
To me there seems little to no difference between the maker's batteries and 3rd party batteries ~ except for the price. I am using both Panasonic & Fuji cameras and mixed batteries, and the makers batteries are absolutely no better than the cheap alternatives

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Thanks, Ozzie, I ordered an Olympus brand battery from Amazon -- eat my cake and have it too.
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