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 significantly more power than the genuine from Nikon (1500mA and 2300mA vs 1030mA).

On the other hand I'm reading "The last D3100, D3200, D5100, D5200 and P7700 firmware update killed third party battery compatibility" and my camera has the following firmware version:

  • A 1.00
  • B 1.00
  • L 1.003

I also read that this firmware update is not so important, or in other words, didn't bring important features.

My questions:

  1. Should I update the firmware? (maybe exist some other power reason)
  2. What batteries do you recommend for Nikon D5100?


  • \$\begingroup\$ Note that some (not all) generic batteries lie about their capacity — the number is bigger, but in actual use, not so much. \$\endgroup\$
    – mattdm
    Commented Mar 2, 2015 at 4:37

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Firmware updates are good. It is right that they killed third party battery compatibility. But you can overcome this problem with a patch by Simeon

  • \$\begingroup\$ Thanks, I didn't know link \$\endgroup\$
    – HEDMON
    Commented Jan 31, 2015 at 17:50

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