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Microdrive And Battery Life

Wed Aug 21, 2002 3:17 am

Anyone moved from CF cards to a Microdrive? If so, how was battery life affected?

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RE: Microdrive And Battery Life

Wed Aug 21, 2002 6:05 am

Hi, I use 2 1GB microdrives with my D60 and battery life is fine. I've only ever got down to anywhere near low battery once and that was after shooting over 900. But then you don't know how low cos its just the half battery indicator thing.

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RE: Microdrive And Battery Life

Wed Aug 21, 2002 4:39 pm

I too use the IBM 1Gb microdrive in my D60 - I have the battery grip so two batteries to keep me going. I have yet to exhaust the batteries...but then I have yet to shoot more than 200 shots in a day!

It's good to hear that it is possible to get up to 900 shots...but I'd be interested to hear how the "heavy" shooters fare...

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RE: Microdrive And Battery Life

Wed Aug 21, 2002 4:48 pm

From what I have heard (no personal experience) the Microdrives use more power than CF cards, and also heat is an issue. They get much warmer than CF Cards do and that might affect the image quality. Correct me when I am wrong but as far as I know the image quality tends to get worse the warmer the CCD gets.
And don't make the mistake to compare the number of shots the Canon guys are posting here to the number of shots of any other digital camera. Because the CMOS chip of the Canons has a much lower power consumption then the CCD's. So they get a much higher number of shots without needing to recharge the power source. I remember being at LHR with Jason Taperell and Chris Sheldon and they both shot the whole day with one accu (including reviewing of the photos) while i had to use all 4 I have. And all where empty after that day.
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RE: Microdrive And Battery Life

Thu Aug 22, 2002 9:55 am

I have the Fuji S2 with an IBM 1GB Microdrive. I replaced the original AA (X4) just after the 600th image. Of those 600, around 400 [email protected] 3024x2016 Fine and 200 pics @ 4256x2848, Fine. I have now gone with rechargable 1800mAh NiMH AA's and they are going strong after 400 pics @ 3024x2016. The original pair of Lithium C123's it also takes are still good.

Bottom line, keep spares in the camera bag at all times! I now treat batteries like I used to treat film!
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