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Why do mirrorless cameras have shorter battery life?

Using an electronic viewfinder or LCD screen to compose the image uses more battery life than a standard viewfinder Using an LCD screen for the majority of device settings uses more battery life than ...
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Is there really no way to power a DSLR by USB?

Is there really no way automate a DSLR to shoot every 24 hours without having to pick it up, charge/replace its battery, and put in back on the same spot ? Canon and Nikon cameras can be connected to ...
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Why do mirrorless cameras have shorter battery life?

The main reason is because the batteries for MILCs are almost universally smaller than DSLR batteries. Some mirrorless batteries: The LP-E17 battery for the Canon EOS M5 has a 1050 mAh (milliamp-...
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Why do mirrorless cameras have shorter battery life?

A mirrorless camera consumes more power mostly because the circuitry is constantly running. Both the sensor and EVF or LCD have to be powered continuously in order to maintain the Live-View which is ...
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What drains the battery of DSLRs the most?

LCD screen and any wireless features like Bluetooth, WiFi or GPS would be the heaviest drain. This would be followed by flash/focus-assist then auto-focus, image stabilization would probably be next. ...
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Has anyone successfully restored or revived a completely discharged Profoto B2 Lithium Ion Battery?

Do NOT do this. Please read this post from Electrical Engineering SE regarding Li-Ion battery. Li-Ion have one failure mode. Fire. And it's not a normal, lighter fire, or even a stove fire. It is ...
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Is there some way to get a *much* better battery for my old digicam?

I bought a Canon IXUS 255 HS eight years ago... the battery lasts a ridiculously short time. After eight years, it may be time to replace the battery, especially if you haven't kept it charged to 40-...
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Canon 5D mk IV how short of a battery life is expected?

Do you have any other basis for comparison, does this power consumption rate sound expected and acceptable? I see similar results on the 6D: GPS uses a lot of battery power. It also uses battery even ...
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The battery in my Nikon D3400 dies after 50 shots. What shall I do?

This is not right. I'd try Nikon again. Explain that you understand that the battery is a consumable that might not be good in a year, but that it is brand new. If that doesn't work, take it back to ...
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Canon 5D mk IV how short of a battery life is expected?

I have a 6D and a 5D Mark IV. I haven't used the 5D enough to profile its battery life, but in my experience with the 6D, GPS causes maybe 15% battery drain per day. And with the 5D Mark IV, it ...
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Is there really no way to power a DSLR by USB?

No, cameras can not be powered by a USB port because they typically require more than The 5 volts maximun available from the USB port.
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What precautions should I take for carrying batteries/shooting in the heat?

NiMH (which is what eneloop are, not NiCd) won't explode in heat you can survive in, but may suffer. The most likely effect is a significant reduction in capacity, most of which will recover on ...
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Will leaving the battery in my Canon 5D Mark ii while it is off use any battery?

First, we need to understand that your battery will lose some of its charge even when stored outside of your camera. This is what is referred to as "self discharge" or "shelf life." Rechargeable ...
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Has anyone successfully restored or revived a completely discharged Profoto B2 Lithium Ion Battery?

Disclaimer: I cannot be held responsible for any damage, injury or risks associated with what I am about to describe. This is an account of my own experience. Please proceed at your own risk. I've ...
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Is there some way to get a *much* better battery for my old digicam?

On a compact camera you can usually take 200-300 photos on a battery. The biggest power drain is the rear display so your best strategy for power saving is to find the setting that shuts it off ...
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Is there some way to get a *much* better battery for my old digicam?

In the first instance, 30 mins video recording actually sounds about right. At the time, video recording was very much a "nice to have" for those devices; while they can be pretty good at it,...
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Samsung Digimax S700 won't work with not fully charged batteries

NiMH batteries have a fully charged voltage that is lower than a standard alkaline AA. A partially discharged NiMH battery (or an NiMH battery that's been stored for a while) will have an even lower ...
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What drains the battery of DSLRs the most?

The number quoted is usually the one achieved according the the CIPA standard. This is a procedure where the camera takes a few shots, is power cycled between every group of shots and flash is used 50%...
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The battery in my Nikon D3400 dies after 50 shots. What shall I do?

The possible reasons for such behavior can be: You preview the images you take too much. Using the LCD screen can exhaust the battery You use too much live view. Again using LCD is not good for ...
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Is there some way to get a *much* better battery for my old digicam?

You'll probably need to use a third party manufacturer for a replacement battery. Some brands are decent quality. If you didn't take care of your battery by keeping it charged at least 50%, or higher, ...
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Does using GPS drain a camera's battery significantly?

Yes, having GPS turned on will drain the battery pretty quickly. This is true of any camera, not just the D5300. Not much you can do about it if you want your photos GPS tagged. If you turn GPS off, ...
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Plugging monolight into "household" power pack

You'll likely need something with a little higher amp rating than the power pack you have linked. 600W at 110V is only about 5.5A. The peak rating for the 110 VAC outlets is 700w, which translates to ...
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Plugging monolight into "household" power pack

From FAQ at http://www.paulcbuff.com/faq.php Q. What is the average current draw of Paul C. Buff™ flash units? A: Einstein™ units draw an average current of 5 amps during recycle and AlienBees™ and ...
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What precautions should I take for carrying batteries/shooting in the heat?

Only Lithium batteries may explode if they are used while overheating. For NiMH, overheating may damage them permanently in a way that will shorten their lifespan, but nothing more. As for NiCd, I ...
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Has anyone successfully restored or revived a completely discharged Profoto B2 Lithium Ion Battery?

I experienced two “dead” Profoto B2 batteries. Tried what was described here, but could not make it work. Disassembled both the working battery and the faulty one. Measures close to 0V on the faulty ...
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External flash power-on time/battery life without power-save function

Slave mode would be comparable to manual/TTL operation. It needs more logic than the latter, but since a flash capable of slave mode will use the same kind of logic for implementing manual/TTL, you ...
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When doing a manual timelapse, is it better to leave the camera on or turn it off between shots?

The mechanical on-off switch is certainly more endangered than the camera's internal auto-off, aside from the induced movement of the camera by using it. I leave my cameras on all the time, often for ...
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When doing a manual timelapse, is it better to leave the camera on or turn it off between shots?

Honestly, I am not sure you will keep more power if you turn off the camera between shots but you will most likely have more issues by doing it. Timelapse are best done with as much consistency as ...
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When doing a manual timelapse, is it better to leave the camera on or turn it off between shots?

From my experience, letting the exposure metering time out and turn itself off is the same as turning off the camera completely and there's no noticeable difference in battery drain in either case. ...
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How to test/drain camera battery?

Since you are interested in comparing the capacity of batteries, you can switch 'automatic standby' off in your camera settings and let the camera display some image on the screen for a prolonged time ...
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