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Old 05-04-2012, 06:04 PM
 
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I have an older Vivitar Digital Camera, model 3315.
It uses two AA batteries.
I've gotten some good deals on batteries with sales at Walgreen or CVS.
However, they run down fairly quickly after 10-12 digital photos that are taken, say 1 per day, and transferred over to my computer.
If I take 10 pics at one time, of course the batteries give me more pics/battery.
I've looked at battery chargers on Ebay.
I see special batteries that are called "rechargeable" batteries, and you buy a battery charger with them.
I have no idea the battery life, of these type batteries.

How far has digital camera technology come, since I bought my camera many years ago, as far as batteries?

Any cameras that have an internal battery, like in a laptop, and when not in use, just keep the digital camera plugged into the front of your computer via a USB cord?
And that keeps it charged, and you can disconnect from the computer and take it with you on trips, etc. and you get X number of uses with it before needing a "computer" generated charge up?
Any such technology?

The main problem I have with the use of AA batteries, is the number of uses per battery (not number of photos per battery).

I might need a new camera since mine does not take good closeups.

If I keep my camera what are all my options on batteries?

If I get a new digital camera what battery charging technology is out there, in digital camera world.

Thanks.
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Old 05-04-2012, 06:34 PM
 
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Here is someone who had a Sony Cyber Shot.

It mentions the "battery in the camera" is dead and they have no charger.

So, it sounds like today's camera's come with internal batteries, and a wall mounted charger like a cell phone....?

..................
looking around I saw a Vivitar 8300s 8.5 pixel.
The reviews said >> I really wanted a rechargeable camera but the battery doesn't hold a charge for longer than an hour. We only got to take 20 pictures on one charge and we turned it off between taking photos.

So, trying to isolate the best of 3 features:
Which camera has the best battery life, the most pixels, and the lowest price?

I know all three can't be achieved in one camera, or can it?
Anyone got a good deal on a high pixel and long battery life camera, with a wall charger?

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Old 05-04-2012, 08:56 PM
 
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Rechargeables - $10 for the charger, $10 for 4 batteries. They'll recharge for about 3 years.
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Old 05-04-2012, 09:23 PM
 
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Wal-mart seels AA NIMH baterries that will last much longer and average 10000 recharge cycle life if keepup.They will provide better extended voltage but be sure and by four if used two at a time.
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Old 05-04-2012, 11:08 PM
 
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I have no idea the battery life, of these type batteries.
Battery life is dependent on a lot of things. If you have a LCD screen that will use a lot power, if you're using the screen and assuming you have a viewfinder and can turn the LCD screen off that will help a lot in extending the amount of images you can take. Same thing with the flash.

Having said that 10 images is really low. I don't know what the typical battery life is but it's much more than that. Considering the cameras specs are very low I'd just go invest in a new one.

As far as internal batteries I wouldn't get one that had just internal batteries, most will allow for multiple charging options.
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Old 05-05-2012, 09:51 AM
 
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I've gotten some good deals on batteries with sales at Walgreen or CVS.
However, they run down fairly quickly after 10-12 digital photos that are taken, say 1 per day, and transferred over to my computer.
There is your answer ...
When the two words *good* and *deals* come together, I always wonder ...

Get some good rechargeable ones, like mentioned above that are high quality and have a large capacity.
Except for no good close ups, is everything else OK with that *old* camera ?
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Old 05-05-2012, 07:08 PM
 
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I might need a new camera
I think this realization is the most important part of your post. Todays cameras can take hundreds of photos/videos on a battery charge.

I prefer cameras that use standard AA batteries and not proprietary design rechargeables, that way you can carry extras and not worry if your rechargeables die.

My current camera (a Nikon) has taken a total of 875 pictures/videos since I bought it and it's still only on it's second set of Energizer Lithium AA batteries.
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Old 05-05-2012, 07:18 PM
 
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I think this realization is the most important part of your post. Todays cameras can take hundreds of photos/videos on a battery charge.

I prefer cameras that use standard AA batteries and not proprietary design rechargeables, that way you can carry extras and not worry if your rechargeables die.

My current camera (a Nikon) has taken a total of 875 pictures/videos since I bought it and it's still only on it's second set of Energizer Lithium AA batteries.
I've never tried the AA batteries made for digital cameras. Still getting rid of my stock pile via a sale price.
I was at Lowes today and at the register, 30 AA's for $4.00.
Unknown brand and surely very weak life.

From looking around at prices of cameras and features, the lower cost ones do not come with a charger. The ones that have a charger, the reviews seem to conclude that the charges do not last very long. If you have a camera with a charger and it won't hold a charge, it can not be converted to take AA.

They should make one both ways, AA or charger.
I looked at my LG8300 cell phone. It takes photos but 1.5 pixels. That is even less than my camera which is 2.5 or thereabouts. My camera is great except for those closeup shots needed for Ebay. I've had to use my scanner on those items.
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Old 05-05-2012, 07:25 PM
 
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30 AA's for $4.00.
Unknown brand and surely very weak life.
That's probably a large part of your problem, you're using junk batteries.
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Old 05-05-2012, 07:27 PM
 
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That's probably a large part of your problem, you're using junk batteries.
Never used the 30 for $4.00.

The best I've been using are Rayovac Alkaline.
I've got maybe a dozen more new ones and then be out.

Then I can go higher grade AA, or re-chargeables, or new camera.
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