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epozar Senior Member • Posts: 1,320
Emergency
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I wish mft cameras have an "emergency" mode.

Very low ecf/lcd resolution, most fancy features disabled.. just the bare essentials.

When in open, in mountains, what you only need is "that few extra shots" and nothing else.

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Maxegb Forum Member • Posts: 67
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it's called "second battery pack". it weighs next to nothing, does wonder for mirrorless cameras  and with the help of a little steel wool can also start a fire in a real emergency.

kalisti Regular Member • Posts: 236
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panasonic and olympus both have an auto sleep using the eye sensor (I'm sure you know that) I find its great when out walking, usually I come back after a couple of hours with the same out of four battery bars XD

agreed that would be a great feature to implement though! maybe with a custom mode we can come up with some version of your idea?

my G9 is going to get a red eco custom mode I can see it now

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C Sean Senior Member • Posts: 2,699
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I hate to imagine how you would tackle a camping safari in Botswana. No offence but usually I bring a spare battery if I believed to be taking more than a hundred photos.

Mark Ransom
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Re: Emergency

C Sean wrote:

I hate to imagine how you would tackle a camping safari in Botswana. No offence but usually I bring a spare battery if I believed to be taking more than a hundred photos.

I've got a solar cell for camping with a USB plug.  As long as I can charge the battery from USB I'm set.

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epozar wrote:

I wish mft cameras have an "emergency" mode.

Very low ecf/lcd resolution, most fancy features disabled.. just the bare essentials.

When in open, in mountains, what you only need is "that few extra shots" and nothing else.

If you look at what uses power, then disable the rear screen, use only 1 card slot, capture only RAW and shoot MF or at worst SAF.  Don’t enable prefocus.

Enable sleep after a short period.

Andrew

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OP epozar Senior Member • Posts: 1,320
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ahaslett wrote:

epozar wrote:

I wish mft cameras have an "emergency" mode.

Very low ecf/lcd resolution, most fancy features disabled.. just the bare essentials.

When in open, in mountains, what you only need is "that few extra shots" and nothing else.

If you look at what uses power, then disable the rear screen, use only 1 card slot, capture only RAW and shoot MF or at worst SAF. Don’t enable prefocus.

Enable sleep after a short period.

Rear screen uses more battery btw

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OP epozar Senior Member • Posts: 1,320
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Maxegb wrote:

it's called "second battery pack". it weighs next to nothing, does wonder for mirrorless cameras and with the help of a little steel wool can also start a fire in a real emergency.

LOL :))))
I have quite a few batteries but that's not the point. The camera is always in "max speed" mode for no real reason.

Smart phones have it (called "power management") why not cameras too?

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OP epozar Senior Member • Posts: 1,320
Re: Emergency

Mark Ransom wrote:

C Sean wrote:

I hate to imagine how you would tackle a camping safari in Botswana. No offence but usually I bring a spare battery if I believed to be taking more than a hundred photos.

I've got a solar cell for camping with a USB plug. As long as I can charge the battery from USB I'm set.

I have it too. But it requires a strong sun to be effective.

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ahaslett Veteran Member • Posts: 7,087
Re: Emergency

epozar wrote:

ahaslett wrote:

epozar wrote:

I wish mft cameras have an "emergency" mode.

Very low ecf/lcd resolution, most fancy features disabled.. just the bare essentials.

When in open, in mountains, what you only need is "that few extra shots" and nothing else.

If you look at what uses power, then disable the rear screen, use only 1 card slot, capture only RAW and shoot MF or at worst SAF. Don’t enable prefocus.

Enable sleep after a short period.

Rear screen uses more battery btw

That’s why it’s first in my list.

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Guy Parsons
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epozar wrote:

Maxegb wrote:

it's called "second battery pack". it weighs next to nothing, does wonder for mirrorless cameras and with the help of a little steel wool can also start a fire in a real emergency.

LOL :))))
I have quite a few batteries but that's not the point. The camera is always in "max speed" mode for no real reason.

Smart phones have it (called "power management") why not cameras too?

My power management is by means of take a shot and immediately turn off the camera. No bursts, no brackets, no chimping, very rarely some very short video clips and no mucking about deleting shots.

Simply turn on - click - turn off. That way the approximately 2 hours of so of powered on time does last a long time into the day.

E-P5 in my case and on the very busiest days when on holidays have only managed to use about 1.5 batteries. Never ever had to use the second spare.

Recharge each night and start again next day.

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ahaslett Veteran Member • Posts: 7,087
Re: Emergency

Guy Parsons wrote:

epozar wrote:

Maxegb wrote:

it's called "second battery pack". it weighs next to nothing, does wonder for mirrorless cameras and with the help of a little steel wool can also start a fire in a real emergency.

LOL :))))
I have quite a few batteries but that's not the point. The camera is always in "max speed" mode for no real reason.

Smart phones have it (called "power management") why not cameras too?

My power management is by means of take a shot and immediately turn off the camera. No bursts, no brackets, no chimping, very rarely some very short video clips and no mucking about deleting shots.

Simply turn on - click - turn off. That way the approximately 2 hours of so of powered on time does last a long time into the day.

E-P5 in my case and on the very busiest days when on holidays have only managed to use about 1.5 batteries. Never ever had to use the second spare.

Recharge each night and start again next day.

My wife thinks my brain operates the same way...

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Guy Parsons
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ahaslett wrote:

epozar wrote:

I wish mft cameras have an "emergency" mode.

Very low ecf/lcd resolution, most fancy features disabled.. just the bare essentials.

When in open, in mountains, what you only need is "that few extra shots" and nothing else.

If you look at what uses power, then disable the rear screen, use only 1 card slot, capture only RAW and shoot MF or at worst SAF. Don’t enable prefocus.

Enable sleep after a short period.

Andrew

With many camera the EVF will drain more power than the rear screen, so better advice may be to disable the EVF and rely on the screen.

That's what I do with my EVF-less Oly E-P5. I do have a VF-2 but have not needed to use it now for years, so it stays at home.

If screen glare is a real problem then there's always a solution.....

In those days Oly E-PL5 plus Panasonic 45-150mm shown there.

Glare off those lakeside pebbles made the screen unseeable. That is in fact the only time I needed to do that some years back, since then hand or hat shading of screen does the trick.

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ahaslett Veteran Member • Posts: 7,087
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Guy Parsons wrote:

ahaslett wrote:

epozar wrote:

I wish mft cameras have an "emergency" mode.

Very low ecf/lcd resolution, most fancy features disabled.. just the bare essentials.

When in open, in mountains, what you only need is "that few extra shots" and nothing else.

If you look at what uses power, then disable the rear screen, use only 1 card slot, capture only RAW and shoot MF or at worst SAF. Don’t enable prefocus.

Enable sleep after a short period.

Andrew

With many camera the EVF will drain more power than the rear screen, so better advice may be to disable the EVF and rely on the screen.

That's what I do with my EVF-less Oly E-P5. I do have a VF-2 but have not needed to use it now for years, so it stays at home.

If screen glare is a real problem then there's always a solution.....

In those days Oly E-PL5 plus Panasonic 45-150mm shown there.

Glare off those lakeside pebbles made the screen unseeable. That is in fact the only time I needed to do that some years back, since then hand or hat shading of screen does the trick.

I’d prefer to just switch the camera off.

I have 3 bodies without an EVF, so your technique has appeal but it tends to be sunny in the U.K. when it’s too hot to carry a jacket.

You are reviving a familiar approach.

I’ll have to carry a lightweight black shopping bag with a stuffsack.

Andrew

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Henry Falkner
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epozar wrote:

I wish mft cameras have an "emergency" mode.

Very low ecf/lcd resolution, most fancy features disabled.. just the bare essentials.

When in open, in mountains, what you only need is "that few extra shots" and nothing else.

I use mostly P Mode by day on my E-M10 II. Never lets me down. That is my 'Emergency' setting when Sandra asks me for a panic job for emailing 15 minutes before she asked.

There is also iAUTO on the Mode dial. Since I never use it, I have overwritten it with my night video on a tripod setting.

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Pov2 Senior Member • Posts: 1,078
Re: Emergency

People carry cell phones for emergencies and they can take pictures...

Gnine Senior Member • Posts: 2,105
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The G9 has an "economy" setting. It puts the camera to sleep, after 10, 5, 3, 2 or 1 second of inactivity (user configurable) Pretty much instant wake up with a press of the shutter button. Mirrorless battery life is mostly determined by on time.

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ahaslett wrote:

epozar wrote:

ahaslett wrote:

epozar wrote:

I wish mft cameras have an "emergency" mode.

Very low ecf/lcd resolution, most fancy features disabled.. just the bare essentials.

When in open, in mountains, what you only need is "that few extra shots" and nothing else.

If you look at what uses power, then disable the rear screen, use only 1 card slot, capture only RAW and shoot MF or at worst SAF. Don’t enable prefocus.

Enable sleep after a short period.

Rear screen uses more battery btw

That’s why it’s first in my list.

I was wondering how much more pictures you lot must be taking to go through a battery in a couple of hours. As I don't ever use the rear screen - I cannot focus on it without reading glasses - on a typical holiday I usually get two days out of a battery before I need to put in the spare. My usage includes immediately deleting the duds in camera.

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acfo wrote:

ahaslett wrote:

epozar wrote:

ahaslett wrote:

epozar wrote:

I wish mft cameras have an "emergency" mode.

Very low ecf/lcd resolution, most fancy features disabled.. just the bare essentials.

When in open, in mountains, what you only need is "that few extra shots" and nothing else.

If you look at what uses power, then disable the rear screen, use only 1 card slot, capture only RAW and shoot MF or at worst SAF. Don’t enable prefocus.

Enable sleep after a short period.

Rear screen uses more battery btw

That’s why it’s first in my list.

I was wondering how much more pictures you lot must be taking to go through a battery in a couple of hours. As I don't ever use the rear screen - I cannot focus on it without reading glasses - on a typical holiday I usually get two days out of a battery before I need to put in the spare. My usage includes immediately deleting the duds in camera.

I don’t have a problem with battery life either.

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Jouko Senior Member • Posts: 1,764
Hmm...

My settings with Em1.2 - usually A, manual iso, SAF or CAF, silent shutter etc, evf or screen, and sleep time 5min(?) will usually give me some 1500-2000  shots / 1 battery in normal conditions (temperatures over freezing point). With flying birds etc that means usually 4-8 hours shooting, about never shutting of the camera.

In colder temperatures (well below freezing point) 1 battery usually lasts 2-4 hours, what ever I do. But the spare in a warm pocket helps a lot, and the frozen battery also works fine after it has warmed up again.

With macro work (focus stacking), HDR and HR-shots the batteries dry out faster, but again , I have never had a need for third battery in one day - although I have a couple more.

Fortunately these batteries are not too large, heavy or cost too much to have some spares with always.

But - I usually just check the results for a couple of shots after first images, just to make needed adjustments. I never delete files in camera - there is a delete button on my keyboard for that.

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