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D3100 battery life and battery "copy protect"

altanner

UK
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altanner Registered since 21st Jan 2011
Sat 05-Feb-11 03:32 PM

Hi everyone,

I recently bought a D3100 - loving it very much, apart from its battery. Compared to my D40, its battery life is pretty poor. The D3100 manual says that it should take 500 shots, 50% with flash before needing a recharge. I can get about 200, none of them with flash, before needing a recharge. I am recharging fully and have tried fully discharging and charging it but I still get about 200 shots. Anyone else experiencing this?

Also, I certainly do not like the new "feature" of the camera locking out if a non-Nikon battery is inserted. Yes, I know Nikon will say "ah but non-Nikon batteries overheat and anything could happen", but I have used non-Nikon batteries for years, as have many friends, with no ill-effects. I know there is a minimal risk, and I choose to take it. I use non-Nikon batteries because they are £5-£8, and they out-perform genuine, £50, Nikon batteries. Normally I would carry four or five batteries, which now would cost me around £250! If Nikon want us to buy their batteries, they should make them outperform their competitors, and price them properly, not just give their firmware a form of battery "copy protect". They manage to make high quality bodies and lenses which are worth what they cost, which is why I buy their kit. Why can't they manage it with batteries?

That said, does anyone know of a firmware hack to get around this? Does the P7000 have this "feature"? (I have some batteries to sell...)

Thanks for any info, thanks for listening to my little rant!

Al

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