AA batteries no longer the trend?

Started Oct 31, 2011 | Discussions thread
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some people will never get it.

Sammy Yousef wrote:

I'm sorry but I just don't buy that argument. Just as there are many standard NiCd/NiMH/Alkaline battery sizes, a manufacturer should be able to efficiently design around one of a selection of standard Lithium battery sizes. It is just one more component. Many other components come as standard parts that must be packed into the case.

It's amazing how obtuse some people can be. Yes, they can design "around" AA batteries, and manufacturers have designed "around" AA batteries. But the fact is that more modern and more camera-specific batteries make a much more efficient and tailored use of space than the 64 year old AA battery form factor! Sorry, but the AA form factor just takes up more space to deliver the same amount of power as the new class of rectangular batteries that camera manufacturers have designed for their cameras. And consumers would rather deal with one compact, space efficient battery rather than two, three, or four AA batteries in their cameras. You may not "buy" any of these arguments, but if AA batteries were a better option, and cameras that used AA batteries sold better than ones without, then you can definitely bet that manufacturers would have stayed with AA batteries. That's because then manufacturers wouldn't have to include one of their rectangular batteries and one of their chargers inside of every camera package they sold! That's an added cost for them! It would be much less expensive to just throw a couple of cheap alkaline batteries inside each package and sell their cameras at the same price

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