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 due to the VR mode? Any idea about similar issues?
If the charger is not indicating a full charge by displaying a constant light but blinks at a higher frequency after about an hour then the battery appears to not yet be fully charged. If you are only going by the four or five segment battery symbol on your camera's LCD anything over about 75% will usually show fully charged, since the first bar doesn't disappear until you're down to about 75%. If you leave the battery in the charger for several hours does the blinking eventually stop?
One thing I have noticed with "smart" (chipped) lithium ion type batteries is that when you charge them for the first few times after they have been on the shelf for an extended period they need to be charged and exhausted several times before they can be charged to full capacity. Leave the battery on the charger for several hours, then use it until it is down to between 10-15% and charge it for several hours again. repeat this cycle three or four times. This should help to condition the battery to accept a full charge.
If the battery has been left in the charger several hours, used until low, then charged again for a number of cycles and is still displaying the same behavior then one of three things is happening (listed in order of likelihood):
- The battery is defective and can't hold its rated capacity
- The charger is defective and isn't fully charging the battery to its rated capacity
- The camera is defective and is excessively draining the battery
If the charger and battery were included with the camera when new three months ago, then this is a warranty issue and you should pursue it with the appropriate Nikon Service Center for where the camera was purchased.
If you bought the charger and battery separately it is quite likely you were sold a counterfeit. There are probably more fake Canon and Nikon camera batteries in the marketplace than genuine ones. If you didn't buy them from an authorised Canon dealer you almost certainly purchased a fake.
There could be a few reasons why your battery life is bad:
Cold temperatures or other extreme exposure
Old battery with lots of charge cycles
Battery is damaged physically
Battery has been shorted or charged too quickly
I would recommend that you research batteries before you buy and make sure they are either from Nikon or a trusted source. The other simple thing to do is just make sure you have the right batteries and a decent charger. Do some research and buy good batteries as well as a new charger, they might last longer. Amazon is the best place to start.
If none of these things help, contact Nikon directly and see if it could be a problem with the camera.