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Travelers should use cameras with AA Batteries Digital cameras come in two varieties: those that use AA-size batteries and those that are powered by proprietary lithium-ion batteries. If you are a traveler, particularly someone who enjoys remote or rustic locations, choose a camera with AA batteries.
When a camera that uses proprietary batteries runs out of power, you have no choice but to plug the battery into a power outlet to recharge it. This requires an available outlet, a battery charger, and, if you're in a foreign country, a power converter. If access to an outlet is ever in doubt, or if you don't want the hassle of carrying cords and chargers, then the limitations of this system are obvious.
When a camera that uses AA-size batteries runs out of power on a trip, you can simply throw out the old batteries and drop in a new set of high-performance AAs like the Energizer E2 Lithium line. Two or three sets of such batteries can usually take you through a 10-day trip. If you're out of high-performance batteries, you also have the option of using standard alkaline batteries, which are available anywhere in the world, and make a cheap and convenient source of backup power (though they only offer a fraction of the life of high performance batteries).
Recent trips to Asia and Africa have borne this theory out—after my companions' cameras had been sidelined by dead batteries, I was still happily shooting away with my AA-powered Canon PowerShot.

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Hey rolvnetr,
The Sony Cyber-shot DSC-S700 Digital Camera should be powered by 2 AA batteries. There are 3 main varieties of AA batteries which are Alkaline, Lithium, and rechargeable NiMH batteries. I prefer Lithium batteries, but rechargeable batteries are also nice but once they start losing their charge it goes fast so have a backup set. You should be able to buy any of these batteries at most retailers, and of course our Best Buy™ stores carry these batteries.

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May 03, 2008 | Sony Cyber-shot DSC-S700 Digital Camera

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What power sources are compatible?


In addition to AA size batteries (alkaline batteries, Ni-MH batteries), a dedicated AC adapter (sold separately) can be used. The other AA size batteries cannot be used.

Sep 13, 2005 | Konica Minolta DiMAGE Z3 Digital Camera

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How long does a fully charged battery last?


Approximate number of recording images : AA size Alkaline batteries: 240 frames *1 AA size Ni-MH batteries (2500mAh): 420 frames *1 Test condition Conforming to CIPA(Camera & Imaging Products Association): *1: LCD monitor on, Full-size images: 2560x1920, Standard image quality, No instant playback, Flash used with 50% of the frames, No full-time AF, one image at every 30 sec., turning the power on/off at every ten images. Approximate period of playback images: Test condition Based on Konica Minolta's standard test method: AA size Alkaline batteries: 240 min. AA size Ni-MH batteries (2500mAh): 330 min. *Since the performance may vary depending on conditions, recording mode, and subjects, these are approximate values only.

Sep 13, 2005 | Konica Minolta DiMAGE Z5 Digital Camera

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How can I increase battery life?


Transferring images from the camera to the computer requires a lot of battery power. It is recommended to use the AC adapter when transferring pictures to conserve battery life. If not using the AC adapter, make sure your batteries are fully charged and use the highest possible serial speed when connecting the camera to the computer. After transferring your images remember to shut off the camera, otherwise the camera will remain "awake" and will continue to wear down the batteries. The LCD display also uses much battery power and should be used sparingly when trying to conserve power usage. Battery life can be improved by using AA sized lithium batteries, rechargeable AA Ni-Cad batteries, or rechargeable AA Ni-MH batteries instead of AA sized alkaline batteries.

Sep 13, 2005 | Epson PhotoPC 600 Digital Camera

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