Feb 21 2007

7 Ways to Preserve Battery Power

Published by at 1:15 pm under Equipment

The modern day digital camera can drain a battery quickly. After the cost of the camera, this could well be your biggest expense, but there are some things you can do to increase the length of time your batteries stay charged.

  1. The LCD screen uses the most power. It is possible to turn this feature off unless you really feel the need for it. Using the camera’s viewfinder will conserve power.
  2. Next is the built-in flash. Whenever you can, use natural lighting to take your photos and turn off the flash. This will help save your battery for times when you absolutely need the flash.
  3. A third drain on your battery is constantly using your zoom. It takes more power zooming in and out than it does keeping your zoom at a steady place. Try to find a setting you like and stick with it as much as possible.
  4. Make sure Power Saving mode is on, or simply switch off your camera when you’re not using it.
  5. In cold weather, keep your camera and batteries warm in your jacket until you are ready to use them. The cold drains batteries very quickly.
  6. When not using the camera, store batteries in a cool, dry location away from sunlight and other heat sources.
  7. Avoid unnecessary playback of your already taken images. Try to decide when you take the picture if it is a “keeper” or needs to be deleted and then refrain from reviewing until the pictures are downloaded to your computer.

Finally, use rechargeable batteries. They may cost more than regular ones, but over the long term they will save you money.

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