Archive for the 'Digital Cameras' Category

07
Apr

What is the best battery for your Flash Photography?

SLR Lounge had done a thorough investigation into what they considered the best AA battery for Flash Photography use, due to low availability of practical real world use for results. This is their testing of Eneloop brand against the top available alkaline batteries currently available.

Per SLR Lounge, this is the criteria that they adhered to:

We used the exact same Vivitar 285HV flash for all batteries tested. After each battery was tested, we allowed the flash unit at least one hour to completely cool down before testing the next set.
We selected the most common sets of Alkaline batteries for our testing including Duracell Coppertop (standard Duracell), Duracell Ultra Advanced, Energizer Max (standard Energizer), Energizer Lithium and finally Costco Kirkland batteries since they are so wonderfully inexpensive… and because everyone loves Costco. We selected the Eneloops as the rechargeables to use for the test because based on our experience, they have held up better than all other rechargeable batteries that we have used.
For all alkaline batteries, we purchased new batteries in their retail packages and pulled them directly from the retail package and placed them into the Vivitar flash test unit. For the rechargeable Eneloops, we purchased new batteries in retail packages and charged them to full power prior to placing them into the Vivitar flash. All batteries were brand new, and the test results were based on their first time use.

Testing consisted of utilizing a flash unit at full 1/1 power connected to a timer unit, with each battery being tested for a total of 75 full power flashes.

After all testing was completed, here were the top 3 contenders for best battery:

#3 Duracell (Standard) – It had an exceptionally quick 1st flash recycle time of 7.3 seconds and a 75th flash recycle time of 14.1 seconds giving it a average flash recycle length of time of 11.68 seconds. They were just sizzling hot to the touch upon removal. This was the best Alkaline toss-away disposable for photography and flash.

#2 Standard Eneloop – The Eneloop posted the speediest beginning recycle time of 6.8 seconds and a 75th flash recycle time of just 10.5 seconds! This gave it a average for the flash recycle time of 8.94 seconds. Also, the batteries was just warm to the touch upon removal.

#1 Eneloop XX – The XX’s were just a cut above the standard Eneloop. It had a slower 1st flash time of 7.1 seconds, yet a slightly snappier 75th flash recycle time of 9.9 seconds giving it an average recycle time of 8.75 seconds. At around the 25th flash the standard Eneloop started to lose power more quickly than the Eneloop XX which brought about a decently noteworthy contrast of .6 seconds on the 75th flash.

Both Eneloop types are fantastic batteries, easily beating out the standard alkaline cell single-use types. It’s a good idea to have a set on hand in emergencies, but for power to depend on, you should get yourself a set ( or several sets) of Eneloops!

Get your Eneloops right here at Electronics warehouse!

By Michael Nace

 

02
Apr

Into Photography? Here is some must have info about rechargeables

If you’re into photography, then you should already familiar with batteries of all types. Camera Batteries, external flash batteries, Light meter batteries, etc. If you’re still using Alkaline batteries, you must have spent a small fortune in replacement costs by now. If you have not looked into rechargeables to power all of your equipment, now is the time.

Typically most accessories will run on the standard AA sized battery, with a few exceptions utilizing AAA, such as a light meter. These are easiest ones to convert to rechargeables. Check out the great selection of AA’s over at Electronics Warehouse.

Here is some vocabulary that you need to know regarding rechargeable batteries.

mAh. (milliamp hour) This is the storage capacity of the battery. It will be your guide to compare what batteries have more expected runtime than others. a 1900mAh battery will have a shorter run time, or number of flashes then a battery rated for 2500mAh. Typically the larger the capacity, the slightly higher the cost of the battery.

Low Self Discharge. Rechargeable batteries will lose some of their charge if simply left unused. Newer batteries have been developed to reduce this drain effect and will provide a longer shelf life, or in this case – a better “camera bag” life.

NiMh and NiCad. NiMh is nickel metal hydride, and NiCad, is nickel-cadmium. NiMh is the battery of choice, as it provides many more desirable characteristics that you as a photographer want out of your batteries – sich as Low Self Discharge, longer running time and no cell memory.

NiCad’s have a memory issue, and if they are not cycled completely on a regular basis, they will pick up “bad charging habits” and provide a lower performance. They are cheaper, but will cost you more than the purchase price down the road.

As discussed by Brian Rock over at HubPages:

For general usage, you’ll probably want standard capacity, low self-discharge batteries. 2000 mAh is good enough, and you’re better off having batteries that hold their charge in your camera bag than higher capacity batteries that discharge too quickly.”

And as additional comment:

“For some people, though, you’ll the extra power of the high capacity batteries. Let’s say you’re using several flashes off camera, and you’re popping the flashes regularly at half or full power. That will use up your batteries fairly quickly, and an extra 25% capacity can make a difference. The trade-off is that these batteries will discharge more quickly when not in use, so you’ll want to remember to charge them the night before an important shoot.

If your main camera runs on AA’s, a simple change over to Rechargeables is easy enough. However if your trusty Canon requires a more specialized battery, it would be good to have at least one spare, in the event you require more power. Again, Electronics Warehouse has a great selection for your Canon.

Now lets look at chargers. Energizer makes a 15 minute quick charger that seems fantastic in concept, until you actually use one. They know that the batteries are going to be putting off so much heat from the charging process, that they have a fan running to try to keep the batteries cool during this process. And once done, the batteries are far too hot to even hold in your hand.

This is a sure fire way to really reduce the life expectancy of your AA rechargeables for the convenience of a quick charge.

For best results, you want a smart charger that actually monitors battery voltage and capacity during the charge process. Check out Electronics Warehouse for their great selection of chargers to fit your needs.

Photo credit: Monkwhy / Foter.com / CC BY-NC-SA

10
Mar

What is better for your Digital Camera? NiMH or Alkaline?

This is often a question asked by new budding photographers, is what type of batteries to use in their camera that uses AA’s as the primary power source.  Do you use alkalines that have a higher initial starting voltage at 1.5v, or do you use rechargeables that have a lower 1.2v?

 

National News Today states:
Can NiMH batteries be substituted for alkaline batteries?
Yes. For most high drain applications, NiMH batteries are the perfect substitute to an alkaline battery. Even though alkaline batteries are rated at a nominal 1.5 volts, they only deliver 1.5 volts when they are fully charged. As they begin to discharge, the voltage of the alkaline battery will continue to decrease. Over the course of their discharge, alkaline batteries average 1.2 volts, which is very close to the 1.2 volts of a NiMH battery. The main difference is that an alkaline battery starts at 1.5 volts and gradually drops to less than 1.0 volts. NiMH batteries stay at 1.2 volts for most of their discharge cycle.

Why do my alkaline batteries run down so quickly when used in my digital camera?
Alkaline batteries are not designed to meet the high power demands of most electronic devices. Alkaline batteries have a high rated capacity, but they can only deliver their full capacity if the power is used slowly. Digital cameras place a high power drain on batteries, so it is much better to use rechargeable NiMH or NiCd batteries for this type of device. Lithium ion rechargeable camera batteries also work well in high drain applications like digital cameras but are often much more expensive.


Another great feature with NiMH is the potential discharge current these batteries are capable of.  If you are using a built in flash, you should see quicker recovery times while using NiMH vs Alkaline as they are capable of faster recovery after a high power surge.

Time to head over to Electronics Warehouse for some rechargeables today.

05
Feb

Canon Going Strong in the Digital Camera World

In days gone by, if you wanted a great camera that would provide you with the best high quality pictures, you trusted the Kodak brand for your camera, your photo paper, and anything else related to photographs. This is no longer the case, however, and Kodak has had a hard time competing with the many different companies as the photography methods have changed into a digital world. While they do still offer great options, the competition is stiff. One such company is Canon, which offers a variety of digital camera options. Not only does Canon offer many different styles of digital cameras, but they are successfully creating and offering new digital camera options all the time. In the first part of 2012, for example, they are launching three new Canon Powershot digital cameras.

While Canon is offering new digital camera options, Kodak is being forced to file bankruptcy. Their cameras are great, but they have always been the high-end camera, and they have had a hard time competing in the digital world. Canon, however, offers many different levels of digital camera, appealing to a broader market including new photographers as well as more serious. While Kodak will likely survive these hard times, offering more styles of digital cameras at a lower price will be their only hope. Being competitive in offer replacement digital camera batteries and other accessories will also be key. Beyond that, they may end up continuing to restructure to focus more on printing than on the digital cameras themselves.

Along with many options of Canon digital cameras being available, with new ones steadily being introduced to the market, this brand of camera is typically the easiest to find replacement batteries for. Although many digital cameras will include rechargeable batteries with the camera, these batteries can wear down over time, and you will need to replace them. With Canon digital camera rechargeable batteries, replacements are more readily available than other brands. Not only do these replacement digital camera batteries come in handy if your battery will no longer hold a charge, but it is also a great idea to always have a second fully charged battery on hand. This is particularly true if you will be on a vacation or at an event where you know you will be using your Canon digital camera for a long period of time, possibly resulting in a dying battery before you are done taking pictures.

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28
Nov

The Canon EOS C300 Cinema Camera: DSLR Straddles Hollywood & Photo Enthusiasts

Canon EOS C300 Cinema CameraAs DSLRs quickly become more accessible to the average user, Canon develops a new, high-level DSLR camera that doubles as nimble video camera that lives up to Hollywood standards.

Since the advent of photography and the motion picture, picture taking and making has always been an exclusive and expensive hobby, limited by the expense of the equipment needed to compose and produce fine images. Whereas a master painter can use the same, inexpensive set of oil paints and canvas as an amateur and produce a fine work of art, the quality and impressiveness of photography and film making depends in large part on the quality of the technology used to produce it.

Fortunately for the photo enthusiast, however, the exclusivity of photo technology has diminished over the years, becoming increasing company, feature-rich, and affordable. We’ve seen this most recently with the rise in popularity of high end smartphones with 8 megapixel camera sensors, as discussed in another blog article. The result has been a shift in the DSLR market, wherein entry models are becoming more affordable, so that the amateur photographer who prefers their smartphone for taking snapshots can now afford a higher-end DSLR.

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19
Nov

Are Smartphones Killing the Digital Camera Market?

digital cameraSLR digital cameras still offer serious photographers the best quality, performance, and features for serious digital photography. But with the increased popularity of smartphones, will they eventually kill the digital camera market?

Strange as it may seem, the most popular digital camera these days isn’t make by Nikkon, Canon, or Pentax. Apple makes the most popular digital camera — it’s called the iPhone.

PC World originally reported on the phenomenon way back in June, when Flickr announced that the iPhone was responsible for taking and uploading more photos on their photo sharing website than any other device: “Apple’s iPhone 4 is officially the most popular camera on Flickr, according to stats from the site.The data is based on the types of devices members use to upload photos to Flickr. The iPhone 4’s five-megapixel camera recently leapfrogged the Nikon D90 to become Flickr’s top camera. Besides the D90, the iPhone 4 tops the Canon EOS 5D Mark II, the Canon EOS Digital Rebel XSi, and the Canon EOS Rebel T1i respectively.”

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30
Oct

New Canon SLRs Are Making Their Rounds

Canon PowerShot SX40 HS

Canon PowerShot SX40 HS

It wasn’t that many years ago that the prices of digital SLRs were prohibitive for average camera users: unless you were a professional photographer — or at least a very serious photo junkie — chances are, your digital camera was autofocus. And Canon had the perfect consumer-driven answer to this reality: the Elph.

But with the rise of beefed-up camera sensors on smartphones (models like the iPhone 4S and Samsung Galaxy S 2 now boast 8-megapixel cameras and incredibly sophisticated photo imaging software), companies like Canon have been forced to make digital SLRs more affordable in order to offer consumers a step up from what they already get from their favourite smartphones.

The Canon PowerShot SX40 HS is a perfect example of this. According to DigitalTrends, the camera boasts an 8.5 out of 10 rating for quality, performance, and features, with the only “cons” being a slight lack of stability when using a maximum telephoto lens and a less-than-stellar video shooting capability. But those flaw aside, the Canon PowerShot SX40 HS has a fabulous imaging processor — still great even though the camera was released in 2010, as well as an impressive 35x zoom: “This gives you a focal range of a nice wide-angle (24mm) with a telephoto that extends as far as 840mm.” For the money, this is just about the best value-priced digital zoom you’ll find on the market today.

But if you’re looking for a newer Canon SLR model, you’re in luck: Canon is set to release a new model at this year’s expo.

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12
Sep

Canon Digital Camera Batteries Among Highest Quality In Industry

Canon digital camera batteriesThe world’s leading digital camera company also continues to lead when it comes to making digital camera batteries. Read why Canon digital cameras are a worthy investment based on their batteries alone.

In this world of mobile electronics, one thing is for certain: mobile gadgets are only as good as the rechargeable batteries that are in them. That is an obvious truth when it comes to laptops, smartphones, and tablet computers, but it’s also true for digital cameras as well. Few people realise the amount of processing power and energy needed to snap a digital photo — that is, until they see their batter power draining by the second.

Many digital cameras on the market today allow users to utilise AA and AA rechargeable batteries, which makes it easy to charge up a few rounds of battery power for an extend day of photography. But there are just as many digital camera manufacturers who opt for a proprietary digital camera battery instead. Usually accompanied by a proprietary battery charger, the perception is that a battery pack is always a more high-quality option than using AA rechargeable batteries. But that is not always the case — even digital camera batteries can offer lackluster power performances.

cannon batteries

Fortunately for Canon digital camera users, their battery packs are just as high quality as their cameras.

All of the Canon digital camera batteries feature next-generation LiON rechargeable battery technology — the same kind used in Apple products and most smartphone devices. While NiMH is still the gold standard used in AA and AA rechargeable batteries, LiON is fast becoming the technology of choice for high-end mobile electronics — and Canon has been sure to invest in this technology for all of its top-end digital cameras and camcorders.

Ranging from 1050 mAh to as high as 1800 mAh, the Canon digital camera batteries offer some of the highest capacity on the market today. In addition, their battery packs can be charged up to 1000 without suffering from the dreaded “memory effect” that other cheaper digital camera batteries suffer from. Together with the fact that Canon digital camera batteries are environmentally friendly, with no Mercury, Cadmium or Lead, they offer avid photographers and camera enthusiasts a great solution for getting the most out of their Canon digital cameras.

The only problem with Canon digital camera batteries is that Canon only gives you one of them with your new digital camera. For as much as they offer unparalleled performance, if you’re planning on doing a lot of photography, you’ll most definitely want to charge up one or two spare battery packs. This is especially true if you’re going to be shooting a lot of video, since it uses considerably more power than snapping photos.

What’s remarkable is that you can now pick up spare digital camera batteries that work flawlessly with Canon digital cameras ranging from AUD $20 to $40, depending on your digital camera model. It’s a small price to pay for doubling down on your battery power!

Thanks for reading our article! Did you know that Electronics Warehouse now carries a wide range of Canon digital camera batteries? Plus, as an added bonus, you can use promo code EWBLOG for 10% off your purchase, plus fast, FREE shipping Australia wide, but for reading this article!




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