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How can I take an extended timelapse with my GoPro given the short battery life?

I have a GoPro Hero 3 Silver edition. Was wondering if anyone has any ideas on how to take a continuous timelapse for extended period of time (more than 4 hours) since the battery seems to deplete ...
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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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Green Light of Death Nikon D5500 [duplicate]

After getting my Nikon D5500 back from service, because the mirror was jamming, I noticed full batteries magically draining in record time. I'd have a fresh battery in the camera and by morning said ...
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How to test/drain camera battery?

I have a Nikon D5200 and I want to test the difference in capacity from my Nikon battery to an aftermarket one. What's the best way to drain the batteries to test them?
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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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Are batteries for the Canon XXXD Rebel series interchangeable?

A friend from online recently found out he has an extra battery for an 400D XTi that he can no longer use because he sold the camera. I have a 450D XSi and I was wondering if I could use this battery. ...
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Is there really no way to power a DSLR by USB?

I made some scripts on my Raspberry Pi to automate a daily shot at a specific hour. My DSLR is plugged in through USB. I thought this would keep its battery charged, but no. Is there really no way ...
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Can I power a Canon EOS 1200D with mains power instead of battery?

I have a Canon EOS 1200D, which uses LP-E10 batteries. I was wondering if anyone knows of a cable/adapter that can give the camera a continuous power supply from the wall, as I use it for live ...
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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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How many photos can a D5200 take with a fully charged battery?

Can any Nikon D5200 user tell me how many shots I can get on a D5200 with a fully charged battery?
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Why is my new aftermarket battery grip draining power from batteries?

After reading many reviews I decided to purchase the Zeikos grip but B&H discontinued it so I decided to go with the new Vello grip instead. I think I might have made a mistake. The grip seems ...
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Err 80 appears when I turn on my Canon EOS 5D Mark II

Recently when on holiday in Italy my 5DII stopped powering up. Turn the switch on and - nada. Pulling the battery and popping it back in brings the camera to life, however as soon as the camera goes ...
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Does shooting RAW vs JPEG have a significant effect on battery life?

Does shooting RAW vs JPEG have a significant effect on battery life (i.e. > 10% in the number of shots that can be taken)? Has anyone done controlled tests on this? JPEG means more processing, RAW ...
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Nikon D3200 battery drain out quickly

My Nikon 3200 battery drains out quickly. When the company says 500 to 600 photos in a complete charge, I am getting only 70 to 100 photos(without flash and manual focusing) in a full charge. Is it ...
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Is there a quality compact camera with AA batteries? [duplicate]

When my wife has retired later this year we intend to hit the road big time. We are aiming to travel light (single hand luggage bag) so I want a compact rather than my DSLR. I also insist on AA ...
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What is the max voltage of an external flash battery for the YN560?

I'm looking at Tronix SpeedFire for Canon/Nikon and the specifications state that it outputs 330V dc! What's the maximum input voltage for the YN560-iv, can it handle 14V? The reason I'm asking is I ...
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Can I power a Bowens 500R directly from a 12V battery?

I have a Bowens 500R studio lamp. It can be powered from a 12V battery (there is a 15 din input at the back of the unit) through a Travel Pack. The Travel Pack uses a 12V SLA battery. I would like ...
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Could I save power by using a camera with only grayscale detectors?

I need a camera which monitors grayscale the environment because of strict battery life requirement (one week) and because computers can only understand grayscale. I am thinking GoPro Hero 3 because ...
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What alternative battery can I use for a Canon AV-1 film camera?

I got hold of an old Canon AV-1 film camera I want to learn how to use. But looking for a battery for it, a 4LR44, is quite hard. It must probably be because people are using dSLRs with rechargeable ...
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What rechargeable batteries are best for a Nikon L26?

I am using Nikon Coolpix L26 Camera. I am planning for a small vacation and wanted to make use of my old Nikon Coolpix L26 camera. The problem with the camera is that after couple of snaps battery is ...
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How can I charge my Canon 760D / LP-E17 battery while hiking in the mountains?

I'm going hiking in the Himalyas next month. I just purchased a new 760D body. The problem is, I cannot purchase spare batteries because they are not being sold in India. I can import them from the ...
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Battery life Nikon D5100

I've got a problem with my Nikon D5100 that I bought in 2012/2013. It's either the camera itself, the battery or the battery charger. I don't know anyone with my set of equipment and can't really ...
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Does a flash work well with regular alkaline batteries?

In doing research prior to purchasing my first flash for my DSLR system I have come across a wealth of information, including this post that outlined many great points in selecting the best ...
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Does a camera tethered draw power over USB?

I plan to use my Canon 50D in a studio, tethered to a PC. It would be great if it drew the power it needed from the USB bus rather than from the battery, so I wouldn't need to worry about changing ...
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Internal clock reset after some time with no battery on GoPro Hero 3+ Black

I am using GoPro Hero 3+ Black and wondering if anyone experiences the same issue: After some time with no battery left (more than 1 hour but approx. less than 24 hours) the GoPro resets its internal ...
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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 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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What attributes should I look for when buying batteries for a flash?

I want to buy some more rechargable batteries (AAs) for my flashes. I suppose I mainly care about: - Quick recycling of the flash - Hold their charge when not in use Although bonuses for: - Long ...
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Battery Pack for Metz 64

Are there any recommended battery packs for the Metz 64? I've seen many for the Metz 58 and I presume they use the same connector? From these Amazon links here, here and here, it seems that all of ...
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Can I leave the batteries in my camera?

I recently bought a Canon 1000d DSLR. I'm just an amateur and don't use my camera daily. I use it once or twice a week. Is it okay if I leave the batteries in the camera during this idle time?
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What are battery replacement options for the Olympus OM-1?

A friend of mine gave me a beautiful OM-1 with some lenses. The only caveat is that I don't have any batteries for it. The camera takes mercury batteries. I was wondering if there are any options to ...
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Can you get 4-Battery sized Grip for Canon 6D

Are there battery grips available to house 4 batteries for Canon? Is there any other way I can keep my camera powered for long periods of time?
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How far is the heat limit from the power limit on speedlights?

Sort of questioning the premise of What to look for in a flash battery pack?: Can a speedlight work significantly faster than on its internal batteries without overheating? The reason I ask is that ...
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Canon 600D LP-E8 battery got drained [duplicate]

My Canon 600D LP-E8 battery got drained and not able to getting charged anymore,May i know why batteries get drained and become useless? And i cannot afford 40$ to buy an new one,So i planned to buy ...
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Sony alpha 7 battery for timelapse

I'm going to buy Sony a7rII anytime soon, and I would like to use it for timelapse and landscape photography. I've read that a7rII have cca 300 shots per battery, would it be possible to use external ...
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Can low tempertures permanently decrease the life of a camera battery?

I did lots of searching on this topic, but I'm still confused. I understand because of the chemical reaction in low temperature, it discharges very quickly. But, if you take your camera to a place ...
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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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Why does my point and shoot camera lose the date/time when I turn it off?

My point and shoot camera used to keep the date when turned off. Now, every time I turn it on, I have to reset the date and time. What could cause this?
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Should I buy an original manufacturer battery, or is a generic brand OK?

I need another LP-E5 type battery for my Canon 450D. Should I buy an original Canon battery or one of the many generic brands available? There are loads of cheapos on eBay, for example. I should add ...
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What to look for in a flash battery pack?

I have never had one but have seen it on flash stands of other photographers. So my assumption is that it brings more power to faster recycle time to shoot faster with flash. I wanted to buy one but ...
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633 views

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

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 battery types are suitable for low temperatures and high altitudes?

I do some high altitude (4-4.5k metres) trekking. At night this can lead to very low temperatures (down to -20oC). My choice of battery type for my camera is lithium ion, or rechargeable lithium ion. ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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 ...