How to Save Your Camera’s Battery Life. 5 Tips You Didn’t Know

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Your camera’s battery life can be a big issue. The joke used to be that you bought a body, a lens, and five batteries for Sony cameras. Luckily, a camera’s battery life has much improved over the years. However, when we switched to mirrorless, one of the biggest downfalls was battery life. So if you’ve got a brand new camera, there are ways to make the most of the battery. We guarantee you that you’ll get more juice from your camera. Check out these tips.

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Dear Fujifilm: Your Next Camera Will Need Much Better Battery Life

While Fujifilm does a whole lot right, they need to improve on the battery life of their cameras.

The battery life on a Fujifilm camera is pretty bad, and it’s only now that I’ve realized it. Admittedly, it has been a while since I’ve picked up my Fujifilm cameras. The reason for this is because I’ve been exploring who I am as a creative. The other reason is that I’ve needed to test all this additional gear that’s come out. So when pairing the company’s 16-80mm f4 R WR OIS with my X-H1 and X-T2, I was reminded of a problem. The battery life on Fujifilm cameras is pretty awful. It was great for a long time, and then the firmware and tech demanded more juice. Unless you’ve got a vertical grip on your X series camera, I don’t think the battery life is sufficient at all. In one night, I went through two batteries; that’s unacceptable.

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Sample Gallery: Sony a7r III RAW Files Edited in Capture One

The Sony a7r III seems to have a sensor that allows for ultimate versatility

We’re currently in Sedona, Arizona with Sony and a number of other journalists using the Sony a7r III camera along with some of the company’s latest lenses. Additionally, I’ve been testing the Sony a7r III with the Profoto B1 and the Profoto A1. We’ve been shooting a number of landscapes, portraits, sports, and documenting decisive moments with this camera. Thus far, the Sony a7r III seems really fantastic as a mirrorless camera but there are still a few quirks. However, the good far outweighs the bad.

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How to Get Better Battery Life From Your Sony Camera

Sony camera users have known for a long time that the battery life on their cameras tends to be pretty bad overall. This is especially the case with their mirrorless camera lineup. If you’re using your Sony camera professionally, you’re going to need to bring a lot of batteries with you to a gig if it’s a day long event. But if it’s a quicker gig, then it does the job.

Of course, there are many things you can do to get just a bit more juice out of your camera.

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The Limitations of a Flash in the Hot Shoe

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A flash in the hot shoe may be the easiest way for someone to use one, but in many situations you’ll start to realize just how much you’re limiting yourself. A hot shoe flash can only do so much to a scene or a subject and it can do even less if the light is only in one place. Sure, hot shoe flashes (otherwise known as speedlights or speedlites) have tiltable heads and can bounce their light to a bunch of different directions, but they’re still limited in mobility.

Taking the flash out of the shoe though opens up lots of possibilities.

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How to Increase Your DSLR Battery Life to 9 Hours

Sigma 85mm F/1.4 on a Canon Rebel XT

Sigma 85mm F/1.4 on a Canon Rebel XT

While DSLR battery is overall still ahead of mirrorless camera battery life, there are tweaks that you can do to make it last even longer. But this time around, we’re not talking about tweaking the LCD screen settings or anything like that. Photographer Chris Winter came up with a cool hack involving an external battery that mounts into the hot shoe and fools the camera completely.

In the video below, he explains how he used a DC coupler to trick the camera into thinking that it was plugged into a battery or power source of some sort. With that in mind, he hooked the camera up to an external battery that provided power via that type of terminal. What he found in real life use is significantly extended battery life.

Granted, at the same time he put a giant battery around the size of a portable hard drive on top of the camera. Another option would be to get a battery grip (many third parties make them) that stores two batteries. If you don’t mind having a giant battery on top of your camera though, then this shouldn’t be a major problem at all. Just remember to get arms for the camera to allow you to mount other accessories.

A solution like this is best for DSLR videographers over photographers unless you’re using the Live View LCD screen. Overall, it’s an excellent solution for photographers shooting a timelapse.

Chris’s video on How to Increase Your DSLR Battery Life is after the jump.

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How to Conserve the Battery Life of Your Mirrorless Camera

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If you’re a mirrorless camera user, then you most likely know that your battery life in’t the greatest. There are many reasons for this–and much of it is owed to the natural designs of the cameras in how they function. For years, there have been ways to prevent the juice from draining so quickly from your device. And for the most part, much of that advice still applies. But there are even more methods that you can do with your camera that will help its battery life last much longer.

Here are some ways to make your battery life last longer based on a recent outing where I needed to tweak a mirrorless camera to get at least eight hours of battery life from it.

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Review: Adorama Flashpoint Streaklight (180WS)

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Very few lights get us really, really excited. Admittedly, we were very skeptical when we got the Adorama Flashpoint Streaklight in for review. We’re very aware of how housebrand products made in China perform due to our extensive field testing in the past. But the fact that the Streaklight combines a monolight and a speedlight into one is something that is bound to be appealing to lots of photographers–especially the strobists amongst us.

Offering a light output of up to 180 watt seconds, it’s bound to be replacing the current rigs of many photographers. But despite how good the light is, it comes with its flaws.

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Nikon Releases Firmware Update for Lower End DSLRs and P7700

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If you’ve got a Nikon D5100, D5200, D3100, or D3200 as well as a P7700, then you’ve got some updating to do. But no, you’re not getting a massive firmware update. Instead, this one has to do with juice.

The new firmware update brings with it more accurate battery life readings in addition to the battery life performance being optimized to allow the user to get more from one charge.

In all honesty, Nikon didn’t need this. When we reviewed these cameras, we found the battery life to be incredible. But now it’s even better.

Via Nikon Rumors

Field Review: Fujifilm X100 (Day 6)

Today, the Fuji X100 didn’t take too many photos. Why? Because of something that I haven’t mentioned before: the battery life. The battery life on this camera is quite short—and it’s very disappointing. I charged the camera up fully on Friday, took some product shots that night, shot for a couple of hours on Saturday night, and didn’t do much of any shooting on Sunday. Today, I went into the studio to test out the high speed flash sync and the battery totally crapped out on me. Last Thursday, it died after a day’s use. In the end, I did manage to get the photo below.

This was shot with the brand new DIY Ring Flash and the Fuji X100. It’s a wonderful photo I believe. This posting is going to be nice and short because of the battery problem.

And it is here where I will say that the lead photo in this story is perhaps one of the best street photography photos I’ve ever shot. I’m damned proud of it and what really helped me to get it was the fact that I said to myself, “Don’t be nervous. No one is going to kill you.”

Coming soon, the Fuji X100 goes head to head with the Leica X1. Meanwhile, you should catch up on Day 5 of this series here.

How Faster Lenses Can Save Your Flash’s Battery Life

Faster lenses (i.e. those with a wider maximum aperture) are often the ones that will preserve the battery life of your flash. Keep this in mind when photographing events, weddings, portraits, photojournalism, or concerts. This is even more true for flash modifiers like the Orbis and Gary Fong Lightsphere that bend the shape of the flash output but lose light in the process. There are ways to get the most out of your flash output. Besides using it wirelessly to place the light anywhere you want, there are many factors that new photographers should keep in mind to be super-efficient with their flash output. Additionally, knowing that faster lenses can save you lots of trouble in the end is critical. Before you read this post, you may want to open up our recommended Canon lenses post in another tab. Also keep in mind that you don’t need to spend a fortune on these lenses.

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Getting The Most Out Of Your DSLR’s Batteries

In the days of film, photographers had to worry about running out of exposures long before running out of power. In the days of digital cameras, that concern has been replaced by two: memory card space and battery life. Memory cards are easy to deal with; they’re inexpensive and small enough to keep several on your person at all times. Batteries, on the other hand, are a different issue. Unless you spring for extra batteries, you’re stuck with the battery that came with your SLR body, and maybe an additional battery for a grip. It’s economically unfeasible to treat batteries like memory cards, cheap and easy to replace. Fortunately, there are many techniques for stretching out your already long-lasting SLR even further on a single charge. Continue reading…

Extending the Battery Life of Your Camera

A problem that many people run into with their cameras is the length of their battery life. Most DSLRs has stellar battery life, but when it comes to little point-and-shoots some problems occur due to the smaller size and also general ways that consumers and users overall use their cameras. Here are some pointers and things to keep in mind when using your camera if you want to keep the battery life ticking.

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