Cameras??

May 18, 2009 6:47am CST
Hey all, I've got a kodak easyshare camera. It's not to great but it de sthe job. Lately I've been noticing the battery just doesn't last as long as it should. I used to be able to run in for hours and get a fair few pictures. But now I just about manage 4 or 5. I've tried buying new batteries for it but just dosen't work so I'm thinking of investing in a new one. Has anyone got any thoughts on which is the best type sof camera to buy? I've seen a few I like but just wondering if there is a better make I could buy?
1 person likes this
12 responses
@WebMann (4732)
• Canada
18 May 09
Doesn't that just burn you up. We bought a HP digital camera and it ate batteries so fast I was sure I was doing something wrong. I have not had much to do with cameras in the past because my body shakes too much to take pictures. But I gave digital cameras a try because they were suppose to be better at controlling shakiness. Well I have a couple of friends that take pictures all the time but they lost their camera, so I loaned them mine. I really did it because I want to see how they did with taking images and if they could make the battery last longer. I didn't tell them about the battery problem. When the got back they couldn't stop talking about much it sucked because it ate up batteries so fast. I was so glad they didn't like it either. I now have Sony Cam that is rechargeable and lasts about an hour while taking video and it takes tons of images on one charge. I am so much happier with this camera.
18 May 09
lol!, thanks
@trickiwoo (2702)
• United States
20 May 09
I have lots of different model cameras. I have a couple Canon Powershots, a Nikon Coolpix, a Fuji Finepix, and a Sony Cybershot. Of all of them, the Sony Cybershot is my absolute favorite! I find it the easiest to use! I think the quality of the photos are the best and the autofocus is the fastest and most accurate. My only complaint is that it takes Pro Duo sticks which are a lot more expensive than SD and CF cards which my other cameras take! So that is pretty annoying. But other than that, it's a fantastic camera! The next point and shoot I plan on buying is one of those Olympus underwater ones! I think those are really cool! Plus, they are shock resistant so if you drop your camera a lot, it won't break! I'd probably recommend one of those if you're rough on your camera, or if you want to take your photo to the pool or beach or something.
@photobug (158)
• United States
19 May 09
I use rechargeable batteries and I buy PHOTO batteries, which have more power. I have three sets - one in the camera, one in the charger, and another set in a small plastic zippered bag that I carry with me. When you carry extra batteries and they're not in a package, make sure they don't jiggle against each other, or against coins or keys in your pocket. That can discharge some of the power. When you change the batteries in your camera, replace all of them at the same time with the same kind of battery. The batteries won't last as long is you mix battery brands, or mix older and newer batteries together. Inspect your battery connections in the camera. Sometimes they get corroded or get an oily film. Use an eraser on the end of a pencil to wipe the connections or gently use a pocket knife - something with a little abrasion. Turn off the feature on your camera to view every single picture after it's taken. This uses up power. I only look at my photos if I think I may have had a problem. It's much easier and quicker to take several photos of the same scene, perhaps changing your settings or using a different viewpoint. I also wait until I'm at my computer to view and delete my photos. I have a card reader and use the power on my usb port rather than using the camera battery power. If you use your camera for video, zoom in and out a lot, take photos with higher resolution, or use the flash a lot, it'll take more battery power. Maybe your camera is not using more battery power. You might have changed your photo taking habits. Rechargeable batteries are better for the environment and save money, but they don't last forever. It takes a lon time, but eventually a rechargeable battery won't charge as much as it did when it was new. So if you've been using the same rechargeable batteries for a long time, you may need to buy a new set.
• India
19 May 09
I also have the same problem with my camera
@pinkista (892)
• Philippines
19 May 09
My older sister also have that kodak camera, the features is fine but the problem is the battery is easy to get low. You need to buy another battery to make sure you can use it for longer. Anyways, you can still buy for rechargeable batteries in online stores.
@arkasen (748)
• India
19 May 09
I have cannon digital camera. Its not very high end but is enough for me to photograph while traveling some place. I get good battery backup from my camera. I think the problem with you is that you are keeping the LCD on for long period. The main power consumption of the digital camera is made by the LCD so it is better that you off the LCD while not taking picture. It is more better that you turn off the camera ofter taking shots. If you keep your LCD active for 4-5 hours then the battery will finish in all cameras. Its not your camera's fault.
• India
19 May 09
well i have a d slr from sony model dh-50 it has 15x optical which can interpolated to upto 21 x at low resolutions it takes pics at 9.3 mega pixels the shutter speeds is as good as 8 fps and has multiple face recognition, shake proof , eye and auto correction with the double flash light i am very satisfied wit the performance this camera gives for the price of $400
@marcialoyd (1174)
• United States
19 May 09
I have a Nikon Coolpix. I believe the model is S210. It came with a rechargable battery pack. When the battery pack is fully charged I can usually take around 200 pictures before it needs to be charged again. It takes excellent pictures to. AA batteries are just no good when it comes to a digital camera.
@flaredust (728)
• Indonesia
19 May 09
I have Nikon today and don't have any problems with it. About a year ago i have Samsung but that camera is not very responsive to me, the shutter easily stuck, even i use new batteries. But with nikon i'm quite comfortable, it has fast & responsive button, not a slow one as samsung have. With average same price i would recommend nikon. For information, some technician said that the batteries also have influence with the camera. They say if it's possible, use rechargeable battery, this kind of battery usually have more stability in voltage than non-rechargeable battery.
• United States
19 May 09
My camera does that so what i do is just carry a lot of batteries with me.
• United States
19 May 09
If you're really serious about photography, as a full time hobby or part-time/full-time job, and have some dough, then I would look into SLR (Single Lens Reflex) cameras. If not, then some of my friends have Sony Cybershot cameras and I haven't heard any complaints. I personally have a Koday EasyShare C813 (so far, will be getting an SLR when money permits) and don't have any major problems with it, but then again I have rechargeable camera batteries and keep them on the charger a lot.
• Australia
18 May 09
No offense to Kodak, but they are not good examples of how a digital camera should perform. Of the half dozen cameras my wife has owned in the last 5 years, the best has been her current Canon IS 1SX, which gets about 400 high quality images to a set of rechargeable batteries. Most reviews include battery life in their camera ratings: look at the cameras you are interested in at www.DPreview.com for a start. You will get much more out of your batteries if you buy a camera with an optical viewfinder and use it instead =of the LCD screen to compose pictures; if you limit the time the review image is on screen after you take a shot; if you resist the urge to look at every photo after you take it; and if you don't keep your finger on the shutter button too long while you are composing a shot (keeping the button half-way down drives the focus motor and the exposure system constantly).