Digital cameras suck up battery power

Digital cameras suck up battery power, and as time has passed their size is getting smaller, and subsequently has created a constant need to develop batteries tiny enough to fit into a camera and yet have the ability to supply power for a realistic time period

Two distinct boundaries exist in the battery types digital cameras.

Standard Mass Produced Stock Batteries

Nikon EN-EL3a Rechargeable Lithium-Ion Battery Pack for D50, D70, D70s, and D100
Nikon EN-EL3a Rechargeable Lithium-Ion Battery Pack for D50, D70, D70s, and D100
The first type of batteries are those that are acknowledged as being mass produced, most often AA, CR2, and CR-V3 batteries, although AAA batteries are used to operate a handful of small cameras. CR2 and CR-V3 batteries are lithium based, and designed for solo use. Also they are frequently seen in camcorders. AA batteries are the most common; conversely, the non-rechargeable type alkaline batteries only providing enough juice for just a very limited time period in the majority of cameras.

A majority of photographers utilize Nickel metal hydride AA batteries (NiMH) in their place, which afford an adequate power supply, plus the're rechargeable. These NIMH types of batteries do not supply as much energy as lithium ion batteries do, and also they more likely to become discharged when not in use. They come in varied ampere-hour (Ah) or milli-ampere-hour (mAh) rankings, which has a direct affect on how long they hold up while in use. Most often mid-range consumer cameras and a few low end versions utilize standard mass produced batteries; while just a handful of DSLR cameras can use them (the Sigma SD10 for example). Rechargeable RCR-V3 lithium-ion batteries also are offered as a substitute for non-rechargeable CR-V3 batteries.

Custom Camera Manufacturer Batteries

These are batteries created to a camera makers custom requirements, and may be either OEN of aftermarket replacement parts. Just about all custom proprietary batteries happen to be lithium ion type. Although they only endure a limited amount of recharges prior to the start of battery life degrading most often as much as 500 cycles), but they offer significant performance in relation to their size. The bottom line is that at both extremes of the spectrum of both high end pro cameras plus low end consumer versions are apt to employ lithium ion batteries.

The first is batteries that are an established off-the-shelf form factor, most commonly AA, CR2, or CR-V3 batteries, with AAA batteries in a handful of cameras. The CR2 and CR-V3 batteries are lithium based, and intended for single use. They are also commonly seen in camcorders. The AA batteries are far more common; however, the non-rechargeable alkaline batteries are capable of providing enough power for only a very short time in most cameras.

Most consumers use AA Nickel metal hydride batteries (NiMH) (see also chargers and batteries) instead, which provide an adequate amount of power and are rechargeable. NIMH batteries do not provide as much power as lithium ion batteries, and they also tend to discharge when not used. They are available in various ampere-hour (Ah) or milli-ampere-hour (mAh) ratings, which affects how long they last in use. Typically mid-range consumer models and some low end cameras use off-the-shelf batteries; only a very few DSLR cameras accept them (for example, Sigma SD10). Rechargeable RCR-V3 lithium-ion batteries are also available as an alternative to non-rechargeable CR-V3 batteries.

Proprietary Batteries
Batteries built to a manufacturer's custom specifications, and can be either aftermarket replacement parts or OEM. Almost all proprietary batteries are lithium ion. While they only accept a certain number of recharges before the battery life begins degrading (typically up to 500 cycles), they provide considerable performance for their size. A result is that at the two ends of the spectrum both high end professional cameras and low end consumer models tend to use lithium ion batteries. updated article Mar 28, 2011

Canon Camera Batteries
Canon BP-508 Battery
Canon BP-508
Canon BP-511a Battery
Canon BP-511a Battery

EOS 5D, 50D, 40D, 30D, 20D, 10D, D60, D30, Pro90 IS, Pro1, G1, G2, G3, G5 G6
Canon BP-512
Canon LP-E5 Battery
Canon LP-E5 Battery

Rebel XS, XSI, 450D Rebel, Rebel T1i
Canon LP-E6
Replacement Battery For:
Canon LP-E8
EOS 550D EOS Rebel T2i EOS Rebel T3i
Canon LP-E10
Canon NB-1LH Battery
Canon NB-1LH

S100, S110, S200, S230, S300, S330, S400, S410, S500
Canon NB-2JH
Canon NB-2L
Canon NB-2LH
Canon NB-3L Battery
Canon NB-3L Battery

SD550, SD500, SD110, SD100, SD10, SD20
Canon NB 5L
For Powershot:

210IS, 800IS, 870IS, 890IS, 950IS, 990IS, SD700IS, SD790IS, SD850IS, SD880IS, SD900, SD970IS

Canon NB-7L
Canon NB-10L
Nikon Camera Batteries
Coolpix 4300, Coolpix 4500, Coolpix 4800, Coolpix 5000, Coolpix 5400, Coolpix 5700, Coolpix 880, Coolpix 885, Coolpix 995, LRHM3WM

Nikon EN-EL3a
D50, D70, D70s, D80, D90,  D100, D200, D300, D700
Lithium-ion chemistry free from memory effect 1500mAh power capacity 7.4 volts 

Nikon EN-EL4-EN-EL4a
Works with Nikon D2, D3, D3x, D300

Nikon EN-EL9 - EN-EL9a
D40, D40x, D60, D3000, D5000
Free from memory effect

Nikon EN-EL10
for: Coolpix S600, Coolpix S520, Coolpix S210
compatible with Nikon MH-63 battery charger and Nikon EH-62D AC adapte
Nikon EN-EL11
Coolpix S550
for: Coolpix P7000, Coolpix P7100, Coolpix P100%0, Coolpix P7800, Coolpix S100, Coolpix S4100, D2100, D2200, D2X, D3100, D3200, D3X, D5100, D5200, D5300
D800E, 1 V1, D600, D610, D7000, D7100, D800, Nikon 1 V1
For Coolpix *

See Below

* ENEL12 Replacement Battery For The Following  Coolpix Cameras
Coolpix 9100
Coolpix AW100S
Coolpix AW110
Coolpix P300
Coolpix P310
Coolpix S1000
Coolpix S1000PJ
Coolpix S1100PJ
Coolpix S1200
Coolpix S1200PJ
Coolpix S31
Coolpix S4150
Coolpix S6000
Coolpix S610
Coolpix S6100
Coolpix S610C
Coolpix S620
Coolpix S6200
Coolpix S630
Coolpix S6300
Coolpix S640
Coolpix S70
Coolpix S710
Coolpix S8000
Coolpix S800C
Coolpix S8100
Coolpix S8200
Coolpix S9050
Coolpix S9100
Coolpix S9200
Coolpix S9300
Coolpix S9400
Coolpix S9500

Effective January 1, 2008, you may not pack spare lithium batteries in your checked airline baggage. On January 1, 2008, the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) implemented a new rule for airline passengers traveling with spare (uninstalled) lithium batteries as follows Passengers are prohibited from carrying spare lithium batteries in checked baggage. In carry-on baggage, passengers may still carry any number of smaller lithium ion batteries (those with 8grams or less of equivalent lithium content) and smaller lithium ion metal batteries. The following lithium batteries can be carried for air travel. A battery's electrical connections (also called contacts or terminals,) must be protected from contact with metal or other batteries that may cause the battery to short-circuit. ✓

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