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Alias    Posted 05-03-2004 at 17:01:12       [Reply]  [No Email]
This has to do with a digital Camera.

My daughter gave me a Samsung Digimax 240 for Christmas. It cost approximately $140.00. It features 2.0 mega pixels and a 6X zoom, along with several other enhansements.

The problem is, it eats batteries faster than the speed of light. After one or two pictures, the low battery lite flashes. Now, I bought a generic charger and 4 of the nickel metal hydride batteries today but I have not, as yet installed them. Before I do, I want to find out which is best; the NiMh or lithium. And, then I would like to know what is normal battery life for such a camera expressed in terms of number of exposures.
Another thing I need to know is where I can buy a 3.3 volt AC adapter. Samsung charges $109.00 for their set which includes a charger, an adapter and 2 Nimh batteries.

So, to recap,

1)which is better Nimh or Lithium Batteries

2)How many exposures should I get from
A) Alkaline batteries?
b) Nimh batteries?
c) Lithium batteries?

3)Where can I purchase a 3.3 volt AC adapter?

Any help you can give is needed and will be greatly appreciated.......gfp (Still caught up in an analog world)

Linda in UT    Posted 05-03-2004 at 22:26:30       [Reply]  [No Email]
A couple of ideas. Some cameras use lots of battery power when uploading pictures from the camera to your computer. That's why some folks have a card reader, so they can slip the memory card out of the camera, into the reader, and then upload the photos from the reader, rather than the camera.

Check to see what picture resolution your camera is set on. Higher resolution is great, but does diminish battery life. It takes longer to store the photos and to upload them.

The suggestion re: using the screen is good. I never use mine and have great battery life.

And, some cameras just eat batteries much faster than others. My daughter researches this kind of stuff on You can get a pretty good feel for various products on that site.

TomH    Posted 05-03-2004 at 18:02:45       [Reply]  [No Email]
Go with the NiMH batteries, they last a lot longer then other types. And what MPK said; the viewing screen is what drains the charge. Try to get used to using the optical viewfinder, or only turn on the screen for a few seconds while actually taking the picture.

Sparky    Posted 05-03-2004 at 17:56:48       [Reply]  [No Email]
Lithium batteries do not have the "memory" so
you do not have to run all the way down before
recharging. As far as life of battery it should
be about equal.

TO35    Posted 05-03-2004 at 17:47:33       [Reply]  [No Email]
Hey Alias,
you can get the charger at radio shack.
Nimh batteries in my opnion last longer, I get around 40 to 50 pics per charge running the lcd display and sometimes usuing a flash, also depends on your pixel setting. My experiance with lithium batteries are about 1/3 less, almost everyone I talked to said it was the way to go except one friend of mine who had the exact same camera as I did, I went with his advice and I am glad I did. I can tell you if you run your lcd (pic window) much it will not last as long espically using the flash too, turn it off when at all possible, I never delete a pic till I see it on my pc , sometimes the quailty looks crappy on the lcd but when veiwed on your pc software its better and you can also clean it up a little saving the pic. Just a few thoughts for you...I have a spare set of batteries (2 sets nimh) and media cards when I go somewhere I'm looking to take more than 40 or so Pics, you never know when you going to get that once in a life time shot....

best wishes

TB    Posted 05-03-2004 at 17:41:46       [Reply]  [No Email]
I have a Kodak CX4300 it's a battery eater too Kodak recomends tha Ni-MH for there cameras I recently bought a Kodak Rapid charger with 2 AA Ni-MH batteries For about 30 dollars.

Clipper    Posted 05-03-2004 at 17:11:21       [Reply]  [No Email]
Wish I could help ya Alias but I don't know diddly bout them cameras...I'm still using the disposable one's I git from WalMart....sorry!

Katrina    Posted 05-03-2004 at 19:00:59       [Reply]  [No Email]
I'm with you Clipper. I'm lucky I even remember to take pictures at all.

bo    Posted 05-03-2004 at 17:10:20       [Reply]  [No Email]
I'm not sure what type of batteries you have but I use AAs in my Nikon..when I bought the camera, the clerk suggested the charger and batteries. 4 AA batteries..nickel hydride and a charger set me back $24. I did use the alkaline initially and it just ate them up. I've now used the rechargebles for going on 3 years and they haven't slowed down yet. Best money I ever spent.

As far as how many pics they'll take...depends on the number of flashes...I never measured it but it must do 30-50 pictures before recharging... maybe more. The batteries do so good that I'm really happy with them and when they do fail, I'll spring for some new ones. I take an average amount of digital pictures and I'm happy with battery performance..can't tell you about lithium.. I can recharge my nickel hyd. in about 3 hours which is quick enough.

MPK    Posted 05-03-2004 at 17:42:29       [Reply]  [No Email]
When you have the camera set to view the picture it uses an auwfull lot of battery power so go fsst on that.

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