Ever been in a situation where you wanted to take that once in a lifetime shot. You have your camera ready, press the button and nothing happens. Taking a closer look at the camera, you spot the flashing warning, dead battery. Frustration and anger, nearly results in hurling the camera into oblivion.
Digital cameras are packed with a myriad of features, everything from Image Stabilisation to Facial Recognition. Inevitably these features and the way the camera is used drains the battery. Battery technology has greatly improved over the years and many modern digital cameras are powered by Lithium Ion batteries. Taking photos consume battery life and here are some tips that may help to extend your digital camera battery’s life:
The LCD screen is one of the biggest culprit to drain the camera battery. If your camera has a viewfinder, use it even if it is awkward to compose your masterpiece.
Avoid reviewing your images for prolonged periods of time. Using the LCD screen for long periods of time consumes a lot of battery life.
Reduce the brightness of the LCD screen. A lower brightness would consume much less battery power. You will be surprised that pictures will be still viewable even at a lower setting.
Set the image preview time on your camera to the lowest time possible. As the picture is shown on the LCD screen for a very short time it will consume less battery life.
If your camera has a continuous focus, avoid using this feature un-necessarily or for prolonged periods. Continuous focus is best suited when there is a lot of movement like in sporting events. This feature constantly uses the motors and electronics, consuming a lot of battery power.
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Do you have a habit of pressing the shutter button half-way, a lot? If the answer is yes, then this also consumes battery life. Each time the button is pressed half-way the camera resets and refocuses, in a way it is similar to continuous focus. It prepares the camera, ready for the picture to be taken.
Use flash sparingly. The “David Bailey” in you might be saying, “no, a fill in flash would be required to accentuate those features”. Less use of the flash would give you more battery life. If you are using an external flash gun/unit, then you may skip this point.
Set your camera’s power save feature to the lowest time possible. This puts the camera in a sleep mode when not in use. This feature does not switch off the camera completely and it helps to conserve battery life.
Look after your digital camera battery. Keep it charged. Keep the battery’s terminals/contacts away from other metallic objects, to avoid discharge and more importantly short circuiting the battery. Use the correct type of battery as recommended by the camera manufacturer. Avoid using batteries that appear damaged or has any signs of leakage. Keep the batteries clean especially the terminals/contacts.
Always keep a spare battery, especially when travelling.
If your camera is powered by AA or AAA size batteries, check whether they accept NiMH rechargeable batteries or the commonly used Alkaline batteries. NiMH rechargeble batteries like the Duracell NiMH rechargeable or the Duracell Active Charge batteries are very economical. They can be recharged unlike the Alkaline batteries.
This is not a comprehensive list of tips to extend your battery life, but it should certainly contribute towards a longer battery life. Happy snapping!
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