AA batteries no longer the trend?

Started Oct 31, 2011 | Discussions thread
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Re: More money

sorinx wrote:

Using proprietary accessories will bring more money to companies. This is the only reason to make them.

Really? Consider the cost associated with having to manufacture and include a proprietary battery for every single camera a company sells. Also add to that the cost to manufacture and include a proprietary battery charger, as well. Now multiply that by hundreds of thousands, or even millions, of cameras. It adds up to quite a lot of cost to the manufacturer. The reality is that it would be a lot cheaper for them to just toss in a couple of inexpensive alkaline batteries in each camera package to get you started. That would save the manufacturers a LOT of money. So, your argument doesn't fly.

Most people, primarily casual shooters, will never buy an additional proprietary battery for their cameras, so the sales of additional proprietary batteries won't even come close to offsetting the cost of including proprietary batteries and chargers in every camera. And even when people do buy an additional proprietary battery, they are free to buy third-party batteries! So again, there is no monetary gain to the camera makers.

As for people sticking to a particular camera brand just because of the battery, that's also non-sense. The cost of a battery is a small fraction of the cost of a camera body, lenses, flashes, etc. At best, the battery is a tiny consideration weighed against the other equipment costs that are the real reasons people stick to a particular brand. Also consider that even within a particular brand of camera, batteries can vary from camera to camera, or the brand may even update their battery so that the prior batteries don't work in the newer cameras. For example, Canon recently updated their DSLR batteries to use a more advanced model that has higher capacity and gives better battery data (percent power left, battery health, battery registration data, etc.). With this change in battery, did people suddenly lose the desire to stick with Canon? Of course not, because the cost of a battery is trivial compared to the cost of their overall DSLR equipment collection.

The reality is that it would save the camera brands a lot of money if they could just toss in a few inexpensive AA batteries in every camera package they sold. No need to include a proprietary battery that costs them money to produce. No need to include a proprietary charger that costs them money to produce. Just toss in some AA batteries, and sell the cameras for the same amount of money. But the reality is that manufacturers don't use AA batteries because they simply aren't as desirable-- for many reasons-- as proprietary batteries. It isn't because proprietary batteries are a major cash cow for them. LOL.

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