AA batteries no longer the trend?

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

mrsfixit wrote:

So IMO yes, manufacturers could design cameras using these, except for the tiniest of cameras. But many manufacturers would rather lock you in to their battery, they make more money that way.

And in the case of the Panasonic chipped batteries, they force you to buy an overpriced Panasonic OEM battery, so they make even more money on you.

Sorry, but this simply isn't the case. Consider the cost to the manufacturers of designing, manufacturing, and including hundreds of thousands of their rechargeable batteries, plus chargers, in all of the cameras that they sell. Do you really think this enormous cost is offset by people buying additional OEM batteries for their cameras?! LOL. Not even close. The overwhelming majority of P&S camera buyers will never buy an additional battery for their cameras. And of the ones that do, they could buy a third-party battery! So the income provided by additional battery sales is miniscule. As for the notion that people get locked into a camera brand just because of a battery is equally silly. As I mentioned, most people never need any other battery than the battery that the camera came with, so prior batteries from prior cameras only factor into a tiny percentage of buyers' thinking. Plus, batteries are a small cost compared to the cost of a camera, especially when you start talking about DSLR cameras.

The reality is that OEM batteries are a cost to manufacturers-- not some way to make more money off of batteries-- but it's a cost that is worthwhile to them because it allows them better design flexibility with their cameras.

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