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Digital Camera Issue

I recently bought a digital camera. It is a samsung, 4.0 megapixel. "Digimax430." It is a pretty good camera and I do like it, the only problem is that it eats batteries for lunch. I put new batteries in and it will last me 2-5 uses of about 20 minutes each. This is ridiculous, is Samsung known for battery eating. What can I do to solve this problem, lithium batteries or something. I have tried rechargeable but they last only 5 minutes.
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Do they take standard AA size batteries?

My old camera, an Olympus Camedia C-2 Zoom 2.0 megapixel, uses 2-AA batteries. The battery life was never that great either.

Do you use the flash all the time? Do you do a lot of zooming? Do you auto focus a lot without taking the picture? All of those contribute to battery life.

If your camera can use a lithium ion battery (which I'm sure it can), try those. My new camera, an Olympus Camedia C-7000 Zoom 7.1 megapixel, uses that type of battery and after messing with it for some time, the battery charge indicator hasn't gone down any.

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Try the Energizer lithium e2's.......have them in my digital, had the same prob sa you, batt's were only lasting a short time...I use my digital alot and in over 500 pictures i am only on my second set of batteries......
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NiMH AA batteries are rated for 2000+ mAh, Alkalines are rated for something like 800. I'm using a Minolta X20 and I have to charge my batteries every 10 hours of use approximately. I can take well over 100 pictures, probably over 200 pictures on one charge.



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Hearing the same stuff I am experiencing.
Here is another thing that is going on. When your camera stops working the batteries aren't really "dead". It stops working once a certain voltage or whatever has been reached. It seems rather high in my Olympus. If you take the "dead" batteries out of the camera and put them into a minimag flashlight you will be surprised at how long they last.

You can use the high power cells that your camera manufacturer makes specifically for your camera or use the lithiums or high power alkalines. If you want to be environmentally friendly, get some of the 2000+mAh NiMHrechargeable batteries WITHOUT the fast charger(1hr or less).

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just get a charger and rechargeable AA's

thats what i did..$20 at walmart
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I'm sure that if your rechargeable batteries are only lasting for a short while, you have some old technology batteries.

Go buy either a Rayovac IC3 15 minute recharger or the Energizer 15 minute recharger system. Both of them use NiMH batteries that will last a lot longer than any alkaline or even those Energizer E2 batteries. There's no comparison at all.

Yes, it is costly at first, but well worth it in the long run. Heck, it'll probably pay for itself in less than 10 recharges considering the cost of good batteries.

BTW, it's very normal for digital cameras to chew thru batteries like that. It's not a samsung thing, it's a digital camera thing. That's why many of the higher end cameras come with dedicated lithium ion or NiMH battery packs.
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I'm sure that if your rechargeable batteries are only lasting for a short while, you have some old technology batteries.

Go buy either a Rayovac IC3 15 minute recharger or the Energizer 15 minute recharger system. Both of them use NiMH batteries that will last a lot longer than any alkaline or even those Energizer E2 batteries. There's no comparison at all.

Yes, it is costly at first, but well worth it in the long run. Heck, it'll probably pay for itself in less than 10 recharges considering the cost of good batteries.

BTW, it's very normal for digital cameras to chew thru batteries like that. It's not a samsung thing, it's a digital camera thing. That's why many of the higher end cameras come with dedicated lithium ion or NiMH battery packs.
The battery packs are often, if not ALWAYS rated for much lower mAH than NiMH AA's are. I DEFINETELY wouldn't recommend buying a camera with a proprietory battery, unless you're dead set on that camera. AA NiMH is DEFINETELY the way to go.

BTW, if you're using NiCad batteries, they are rated for something like 1/2 the power of an alkaline AA battery. Something like 300 or 400mAH. DEFINETELY not a good choice for a power hungry digi cam.



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I have a Canon Power Shot S1 IS, it has 10x zoom and always on Image Stabilization, so it is quite power hungry. I use 4 2300mah NiMH batteries in it. I am a pretty active photo taker (ask the people at carlise) I used it all week end taking pictures at carlisle 2005(using zoom flash and the movie function frequently). I took 400+ pictures, and the batteries didnt die until my ride home. I am leary of the 15 min chargers how ever, short charging cycles usually kill batteries fast. I use the 5 hr charger that came with the first set of NiMH batteries I got with my first camera (they still work and last).
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try www.thomasdistributing.com they are my choice for buying rechargeable batteries. i suggest using batteries and chargers made by MAHAcell, they have never let me down. the battery chargers are usually regarded as the best and some have the ability to refresh diminishing batteries by draining all the power from them and then charging from scratch. also a plus from thomas is that they throw in a whole bunch of extras if you buy a bunch of batteries or a charger and battery package.
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The battery packs are often, if not ALWAYS rated for much lower mAH than NiMH AA's are. I DEFINETELY wouldn't recommend buying a camera with a proprietory battery, unless you're dead set on that camera. AA NiMH is DEFINETELY the way to go.

BTW, if you're using NiCad batteries, they are rated for something like 1/2 the power of an alkaline AA battery. Something like 300 or 400mAh. DEFINETELY not a good choice for a power hungry digi cam.
With my old camera I used rechargeable NiMH AA batteries (as well as alkaline). Those NiMH batteries are rated at 1800mAH. My new camera uses a lithium ion battery pack (says Olympus on it but any brand would work) rated at 1230mAh. So far, my new camera is lasting a lot longer than my old camera. It's not always about the mAh rating.
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well purely battery is based on mAh, however the battery chemistry such as li-ion, li-poly, nicd, nimh will govern memory effects and voltage output at different temperatures and stages of discharge.
however- the battery life will be governed by the camera. one camera that uses AA batteries and another that's designed for proprietary batteries will have different power requirements.
lcd screen size, flash output, and time used in standby. i'm guessing that if the camera in question is designed to run on AA, its probably a bit large, so it might have some hardcore optic zoom or a large screen. try rechargeable NiMH with the highest rating you can find and get a quality charger and you wont regret it.
i dont buy anything other than rechargeable batteries, i get a few more each year and all my AA/AAA stuff runs on rechargables... it's great.

PS- as far as disposables go... i've got a 5LED flashlight that runs on 2 lithium batteries that is way brighter than a 9LED light that runs on 3AAAs. unfortunately, lithium disposable batteries are great, but not many things can use them.

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Go buy either a Rayovac IC3 15 minute recharger or the Energizer 15 minute recharger system. Both of them use NiMH batteries that will last a lot longer than any alkaline or even those Energizer E2 batteries. There's no comparison at all.
I agree on the IC3's. I use them in everything i own that takes AA and AAA batteries. No problems at all so far, the charging cycle is short, but the batteries are designed to take it. when you buy a fast charger and regular rechargables, they will shorten the life because the batteries aren't designed that way. The only drawback, as he said, is initial cost. Be prepared to fork over 30 - 40 dollars retail for a set with charger, depending on how many you need. I get em cheap at work tho, Radioshack sells the Rayovac IC3's under the Radioshack name.
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IC3 or Energizer NiMH are my picks



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I agree with the IC3 usage being great. If you have kids, and those kids have toys that run on batteries, the IC3's are wonderful. I got tired of buying AA batteries, so I got an IC3 charger with 4 batteries for under $30 at Wally World. 4-packs of IC3 AA's was about $13.
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