AA batteries no longer the trend?

Started Oct 31, 2011 | Discussions thread
Alwina H Regular Member • Posts: 327
Re: No to AA's

I admit I have a DSLR (not the compact camera mentioned below), but first thing I noticed was that my flash uses the same AA batteries as my camera. They share the same charger and one spare set of AA's serves for both.

The AA's Lithiums that came with my camera rest in my car. They take virtually no storage room there. If I ever run out of juice, I plan to use them. I heard from others that they are good for 1000-2000 pictures, so after shooting a wedding with them I'll put them back in my car for the next occasion.

My AA-charger is far from enormous compared to the charger of my Sony camera. In fact they are almost comparable in size; but the Sony charger just charges one device. I already had to buy a new battery for my camera, since it did not perform very well anymore, while my current 4 AA's should do fine for the next 50 years / 500 000 shots. (Take a fraction of that if you disagree.)

That's my experience. I agree that AA's were so-so until a few years ago, but since we have Eneloops and Recycko's they are great.

T3 wrote:

I don't know why anyone would want AA batteries in compact cameras. OEM rechargeable batteries are so much better. They are a fraction of the size and weight of AA's, pack a lot of power, last a long time, have more compact chargers, and the one battery that comes with the camera is the most that 99.9% of compact camera users will ever need. If you need a bit more juice, just carry your charger with you, which are tiny. When you have a bit of downtime, just charge your battery up some more. In comparison, a couple rechargeable batteries and its charger is enormous compared to the OEM rechargeble battery and its respective charger. Heck, most AA chargers are larger than the compact P&S cameras that those batteries are going into!!!

myst-vearn wrote:

I have a Canon S3 IS which is very good considering its an ultra zoom, takes good pictures, has a stereo mic. Only problem it has a lower res video setting. I spend more of my time using the camera as a makeshift video camera and taking pics on the fly. I wanted to upgrade to the newest canon SX40 HS but it does not use AA batteries instead some Li-on battery. I've used the camera search function on dpreview's website and it seems that there is no camera with fully articulated LCD, single lens which uses AA.

Are cameras using AA batteries dying or manufactures are keen to get us to spend more on some proprietary battery? Or are proprietary batteries better compared to AA? At least if I'm not using my camera with my rechargeable eneloop's could be used in a range of other devices if they are not used in the camera.

The reason I don't use a proper dSLR, is because:
a) my workplace has good dSLR's but...

b). I hate carrying a huge beg full of lenses. Already I see my smartphone replacing a lot of my candid photo takes. Hopefully someone figures out why we are not getting the Altek Leo phone soon.

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