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Mom-friendly digital camera with easy settings and batteries [on hold]

I am looking for a digital camera for my mom who is not so good with devices. Using AA/AAA batteries is an absolute requirement, but the camera shouldn't be too bulky or heavy. The reason for this ...
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What is the best way to care for batteries?

To best maintain the functioning of the standard, rechargeable Lithium ion batteries in modern cameras, should the battery be used until the camera shuts down? Some types of batteries have memory ...
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What replacement batteries does a Lomo LC-A require?

Different sources seem to recommend either the SR44 or LR44 batteries. (Unfortunately it's not listed on the official LC-A specifications.) Which should I use?
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Does it drain my Sony a7 battery to have “remote trigger” activated?

Deep in the menus of my Sony a7 there is a menu item to allow remote trigger. If I don't put this in the "ON" position, remote triggers won't work. I don't use remote triggers often, just for ...
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Can I charge a Canon SX 700 battery using a mobile powerbank?

I have a Canon sx700 hs camera. Its charger's output is 4.2V & 0.7A. Can I charge its NB-6LH battery (3.7V & 1060mAh) using a 5V/1A 10400mAh mobile powerbank? I thought to buy two such ...
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What solar battery charger is compatible with the Canon LP-E6 Li-ion battery

I am looking at possibly buying a solar charger for my LP-E6 Li-ion batteries that I use with my Canon DSLRs. I have never seen a solar recharger since there are no stores that sell them within a 5 ...
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external power source for canon s120 or software solution

I am an owner of an amateur point and shoot camera (a Canon S120) that has a 'Star' mode (time-lapse with a minimum interval between shots of 60s). It's a nice thing and I enjoy using it, but I have a ...
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Is it normal for the left pin on the Nikon SB-910’s 3-pin external power source terminal to be deeply recessed?

I’m examining the external power source terminal of my newly purchased Nikon SB-910 speedlight. (The terminal is for connecting an external battery pack. It is located on the front side of the ...
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How are compact system (mirrorless) cameras typically charged?

I'm looking into buying what is described as a 'compact system camera' which is like a point and shoot, only a little larger. This will be my first experience with cameras of any variety, so I know ...
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What can I expect for battery life from my Nikon D5100?

Recently I have purchased a Nikon d5100. In every shot I use live view (using the LCD), so basically live view is on when my camera is on. How many photos can I expect to snap in single full battery ...
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What battery can I use for an old Canon Ex EE (PX625 vs PX625A)?

I recently bought a Canon Ex EE (1967) but there isn't a battery. I read from the manual that it used PX625(1.35V) but there isn't any available now. I do not want to buy zinc-air cells. There are PX ...
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Charging similar battery packs in a charger intended for only one of them appears to work; Are there non-obvious reasons for not doing this?

My new Olympus compact uses their LI-90B type battery, and didn't include a charger. I have a number of LI-50B batteries from previous cameras, as well as a couple of chargers for them. Aside from a ...
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External power for compact camera?

I would like to experiment with time lapses using compact cameras (like Coolpix S6300), as I don't want to put an extreme number of clicks on my DSLR for the moment. Are there any solutions for ...
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Why is my Metz 58 AF-1 flash showing low battery when fresh batteries are being used?

I have a Metz 58 AF-1 flash. I got it new in 2010 and it has worked great. Over the last 6 months, the recycling time has gotten consistently worse and worse. Before this issue, I could usually shoot ...
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How to drain Nikon DSLR battery?

I am trying to drain the battery of a Nikon D7000. A general technique is to leave it on slideshow mode for several hours, but unfortunately the display turns off automatically after just a few ...
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What is the effect of repeated sensor cleaning on the battery?

I have configured my Canon EOS600D to auto shut-down after 3 minutes do a sensor cleaning when manually switching off Now I wonder what is prefereable behaviour (especially, battery-wise) when ...
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Is it safe to use a third-party replacement battery charger?

I have a Sony DSC HX100V camera, but its charger is not working. Should I use a duplicate battery charger to charge it or not?
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Will longer interval during NightLapse mode on GoPro hero4 increase battery life?

I'm using 10 sec exposure on hero4 silver Usually with no interval The battery runs off after about 2.5 hours If I'll increase the interval time, will it give me longer shooting time?
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Why is the battery on my Panasonic dmc tz8 draining in a few hours even though it's off?

The battery of my Panasonic dmc tz8 is empty after a few hours or 1 day without using the camera. It is off. I tried several new batteries no success. Does someone know what the possible problem is?
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Canon T5i (lp-e8) high capacity battery grip/battery bank?

I have two Canon lp-e8 batteries that I use for my T5i but they run out of battery pretty quickly (only 1,120 mAh each) and then I'm left with nothing. I have a 15,000 mAh battery bank that I use ...
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Nikon D5100: should I avoid the firmware update if I want to use 3rd party batteries?

I want buy batteries for my Nikon D5100. Third party options are much cheaper than Nikon's one. I saw offers from Wasabi and Vivitar, I guess are others in the market. I note that both has ...
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Will a charger for Canon 60D batteries work on 40D batteries?

I know that the batteries for 60D and 40D are not the same, but is the charger compatible?
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Can I charge the battery inside a Nikon D90 through the camera's USB port?

I have to take some pictures, and brought my camera along. But the battery is empty, and it turns I have neither a second battery nor a charger. I have a USB cable and access to a computer. If I ...
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How to recharge camera battery in the wild [closed]

I was wondering if there is any decent power pack option, suited for travel photography, that I could use for recharging my camera batteries, especially when I'm in a location where there's no ...
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Why my Uniross Ni-Cd batteries are not getting charged?

I tried charging my Uniross 1000mAh NI-Cd batteries on my Energizer Battery Charger for 5 hours (as mentioned on the charger) but it is not getting charged. I also tried charging for various other ...
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How long can Contax T2 work with a brand new CR123 battery?

New to Contax T2, I'm going to Europe for about 20 days and I'm wondering if I should bring extra batteries (CR123) with me. Any suggestions?
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Is it okay to store a battery in its (unplugged) charger?

Following the unhappy end of my Nikon D3100, I have upgraded to a new D5200, as a result of which I now have an extra EN-EL14 Li-ion battery and MH-24 battery charger. It would be nice if I could save ...
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Nikon D200 battery woes

We were given a D200 that is in otherwise spotless shape, but the battery won't stay connected. It will work perfectly at home, but as soon as you get into the field it stops. I can get it to work ...
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Camera stops by itself while shooting, or shows no battery, then ok again?

Here is what happen to me lately. I was shooting inside a home, doing some HDR photos with my Canon 7D (settings were : timer 2 sec + high speed shooting + ExpoComboAEB) so basically the camera ...
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Does the K1000 need a battery to trigger the flash?

The Pentax K1000 is a classic, all-manual film camera, and just about the only annoying flaw is that the meter doesn't turn off, depleting the battery over time. Even if you put the lens cap on, it's ...
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Do I need to leave my Nikon camera on for three days to recharge the backup battery?

I have a Nikon D5100, which I bought in 2010. Whenever I turn on the camera, it says that the clock has been reset. I read in the manual that the backup battery needs to get recharged for three days ...
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AC to DC Adapter for Digital Camera. How many Amps or mAh should I get?

I have this Kodak C663 Camera which has a DC Input, that can take power from an AC to DC Adapter. I'm thinking of getting an AC to DC Adapter since most of my photography is done indoors, and even ...
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Why does my camera turn off after taking 2 to 3 shots?

My camera is acting weirdly these days... After putting fully charged batteries into it I was only able to take 2-3 shots before it turned off and showed the battery low symbol. So I took my camera to ...
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Is it safe to store rechargeable lithium ion batteries and SD memory in a zip lock bag?

My camera uses a rechargeable lithium ion battery and an SD memory card. When I'm out shooting and at home, I normally keep an extra of each in a zip lock type of plastic storage bag (the card is ...
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Are there any DSLRs which can charge the battery via USB?

My beloved Nikon D40 has an issue where the battery drains ridiculously fast. New OEM batteries and changers don't help, so I think I need to replace the body. Since almost all non-DSLR cameras out ...
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Portable battery charger [closed]

I want to buy a portable mobile battery charger.But confused which one I should buy.Please suggest me a Portable mobile charger for my camera 'Canon eos kiss X7i' with LP-E8 battery. Sarah
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Generic battery advice for Sony's NP-FW50 [duplicate]

I bought a new battery for my camera assuming that it would be enough to be compatible, in Sony terms "NP-FW50". Though I think the generic is better than the original: Generic: 7.4V, 1950mAh, ...
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Composite battery adapter

Two of my cameras, a Canon A-1 and an original EOS Elan use batteries which are composites of multiple batteries. While this is no problem on the A-1, seeing as it uses very little power and the ...
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Why don't camera flashes use proprietary batteries?

In trying to explain Why Cameras Use Proprietary Batteries, many have claimed that it is because proprietary lithium rechargeable batteries have better high-current capabilities than any AA (though ...
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Why do cameras use proprietary batteries?

Looking at the battery for my Fuji x100s: $35 for an 1800 mAhr battery. Two AA (Eneloop, or any equivalent) rechargeable batteries would cost a total of about $5, have more capacity, wouldn't make the ...
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Is there an extended-life battery for the Sony NEX-6?

I'm really enjoying my Sony NEX-6, especially the time-lapse application. However, I'm often finding that the camera's battery dies before I can create a long time-lapse (say, 4-5 hours). Is there a ...
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Battery for Nikon CoolPix L26

I have a Nikon CoolPix L26 digital camera and am using the rechargable battery that came along with it. It is a 1.2V / 2100 mAH battery (Infinite brand) Even when I fully recharge the battery and use ...
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Will a higher-amperage USB charger let me fast charge a Nikon battery?

I've a Nikon P330. Its USB charger is 5V/550mA and the manual says the following about charging the battery inserted in the camera through USB: About 4 hours and 30 minutes are required to charge ...
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Can I trick the Pentax K1000's meter to “turn off”?

The Pentax K1000 has a meter that is always on. The manual says the only way to keep the meter from draining the battery when not in use is to put a lens cap on it. However, the needle does not move ...
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Why does my Neewer external flash take a long time to recharge?

I am using a Neewer TT520 flash with a Nikon D7000. I am new to flash photography. When I mount it on camera I noticed that at times the flash didn't fire. I've spent some time researching it and ...
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Are third party battery grips good enough?

I have a Nikon D5200, problem is the body of the cam is very small to my hands. I want to purchase a battery grip, that i suppose will give me more space to grip properly.Nikon does not produce grips ...
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Best practice in charging batteries before an event?

I don't photograph in a commercial setting at all, but sometimes I get asked to photograph at a small private gathering like a graduation ceremony, farewell reception or birthday party. Although ...
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When the batteries are fully discharged, the lens does not get in!

I own Sony HX 300 camera. I have two batteries. In one particular lithium battery, the camera cannot get its lens in when the batteries are fully discharged. On the other hand, the other battery has ...
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Is my Canon camera broken, or do I just need a new battery door?

I lost my battery door months ago after misplacing it and upgrading to an external battery pack grip. The camera (Canon 5D) one day mysteriously stopped working and I assumed the battery pack was ...
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goPro Zin and the art of motorcycle maintenance [duplicate]

I have created a 16' rail for taking long time lapse with the goPro camera moving between shots via an arduino and a small stepper. Where I want to use this, there is no options for external power. ...