Third party battery's
Third party batteries are hit and miss. Whether or not Nikon's reasons for making it difficult are valid, it remains difficult because a computer chip with code is in the Nikon battery.
Third party battery makers do their best to reverse-engineer the code to varying degrees of success. What works for one Nikon camera might not work for another using the same battery. What works for one camera might not work after a firmware upgrade in the very same camera.
So keeping this in mind, if you decide to do so, make sure you can return it easily and cheaply.
IMO, the price of the OEM battery , the ENEL14, is not too awful to buy, and the savings not worth the potential headache.
Also know that should you find a cheap OEM on eBay it is likely counterfeit.
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