AA batteries no longer the trend?

Started Oct 31, 2011 | Discussions thread
T3 Forum Pro • Posts: 21,166
Re: then why most flashguns use AAs?

Because overall size and compactness are not a key issue with strobes. Strobes, by their nature, need to be a physical size to begin with (to reach a certain height above the camera body). With compact cameras, the operative word is "compact". And compact cameras can be made much more compact by using OEM batteries. Notice that there aren't any cell phones that use AA batteries. Why? Because a cell phone that used AA batteries would be too large and heavy! So the reasons that cell phones use proprietary batteries are much the same reasons why compact cameras use proprietary batteries.

But I've often wished that my strobes used the same rechargeable batteries as my DSLR. However, the obvious problem with that is that not all DSLRs, even within the same brand, use the same batteries. I use Canon, and the Rebel DSLRs use a different battery than the 60D/7D/5D MKII, while the 1-series batteries use different batteries as well. I'd love to be able to stick my LP-E6 batteries into my Canon strobes. It would be just so much more convenient. Loading two LP-E6 batteries would be easier than loading four AA batteries. Plus, LP-E6 batteries have an internal chip that gives very detailed data on how much power is left, which would be useful for a flash just as it's very useful for a camera body.

exp1orer wrote:

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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