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Old 02-11-2009, 12:11 PM   #31
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Campers and backpackers, for instance, prefer AA over proprietary batteries.
This is a generalization that is not necessarily true. I am a camper and backpacker and I would much prefer proprietary over AA. The cameras are smaller and lighter (substantially so these days) and I do not want to have to carry bulky extra AA batteries especially when every ounce counts.
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I am a camper and backpacker and I would much prefer proprietary over AA.
Oh, me too. Size and weight trumps AA cameras for me too, any day.

But I've been caught with dead cell phone and camera batteries on a multi-day, self-supported cycling tour once. I even had on me a spare proprietary battery for my tiny camera. But of course, I don't do this often, but if and when it happens, it's a major inconvenience.

I think it's a toss up. If you already use rechargeable AA batteries for other electronics in your home, AA cameras may be a practical choice too.
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They both do have their own sets of advantages. There is no doubt about that.
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I am guessing (and perhaps I am wrong) that your experience with those batteries may not be very current. As I mentioned, huge advances have been made in batteries recently.
Is 6 months recent?
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Old 02-11-2009, 01:34 PM   #35
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There's been huge advances in battery technology. Even some of the newer cell batteries (AA, AAA, etc..) will not lose their charge over a period of time and can be charged over and over again without having to completely discharging them first.
I often lurk over at the candlepower forum to see what's the latest in batteries and flashlights. It's an interesting geek site, if you're into that sort of thing.
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Old 02-11-2009, 02:07 PM   #36
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Is 6 months recent?
Yeah that is recent.

A few things to consider...You could have had a faulty battery or a faulty charger or even a faulty camera.

It also could be the camera and not the battery that was the problem. Some cameras do a pathetic job of utilizing power efficiently.
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Well, I have had 4 of the same brand with regular batteries and been pleased. I recommended the brand based on my experience and I was thrown under the bus for it.

I think it's all about personal experience. I will never own a camera that I can't walk in to Walmart and buy a battery for.
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I recommended the brand based on my experience and I was thrown under the bus for it.
Did the camera survive?
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I am not sure what you mean by you were thrown under the bus for it? We were both just expressing our different, but equally valid opinions.
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I am not sure what you mean by you were thrown under the bus for it? We were both just expressing our different, but equally valid opinions.
No, not with you, with my boss.

And, roadfix, no the camera did not survive, it ended up in little pieces on the side or a building.
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