[Cdt-l] digital cameras and lithium batteries

Chris Willett CWillett at pierce.ctc.edu
Thu Mar 5 15:53:25 CST 2009

Your friend doesn't know what they're talking about.

I shot for nearly 3 weeks at altitudes up to 18,000 feet in December in the
Andes with a Canon SD790 and didn't even come close to finishing off the
battery. I took about 300 photos and about 8 minutes of video. This camera
uses lithium ion batteries. Cameras with AA or AAA batts tend to do less
well. However, you should be able to get over 300 shots.

My other cameras (DSLR types) do even better with batteries and re-charging
in town isn't difficult as long as you commit to getting a motel room or
making friends with a shop owner. The first time I took a digital on trail
(http://cwillett.imathas.com/cdt/index.html) I also carried a spare battery,
but never used it. I don't bother anymore: The dSLR I shoot now (D60, D70
before) is good for 600+ shots before I need a recharge.


On 3/5/09 1:46 PM, "Melanie Simmerman" <jennylind50 at yahoo.com> wrote:

> For the first time ever, I have a new digital camera. I am trying to figure
> this new amazing toy out (it's tiny, light, slim and RED- a Casio EXLIM), but
> also am wondering how folks are dealing with re-charging batteries on the
> trail. I was assuming that I'd put the charger in my bounce box and re-charge
> in town. Then, a friend pointed out that the battery doesn't last more than a
> day or so, depending how much you keep the camera "on."
> So, what to do? Keep multiple batteries in the pack? They are small. What do
> others do?
> I'm currently testing the camera to see how many days I can go shooting about
> ten or so pictures per day before the battery runs down.
> Melanie
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