Just want to ask about the battery life/power consumption of your Epson 3000/3100z. I'm a little worried about mine because my 4 GP 1600mah batteries deliver only around 140 pictures with the LCD turned off and sleep switched to 30 seconds. With the LCD turned on, I get about 70 pictures. These figures include occasional image playback, setup menu changes, and data transfer via the camera's USB port. Also, when I shoot, I usually leave my camera in sleep mode, which means I do not turn it on and off while in one particular photo session.
Judging from these figures, is my digicam's battery life normal?
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I have only had my 3100Z for about 3 months but I have found the battery life outstanding. I have the NI-MH batteries and haven't actually counted the number of pictures I take between chargings but it seems as if it is 200 or more. I also have many menu changes, view the photos in the camera and leave it on between shots. I also have sleep set for 30 seconds.
I have actually never run the batteries down but recharged them twice in anticipation of needing plenty of power when I planned to take a lot of pictures. I'm guessing that you might have some faulty batteries.
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re you sure the out of focus condition is due to the actually focus or do to motion blur? I think the 3100Z in auto and flash on will set the shutter speed fairly low like 1/30th of a second for wide angle and 1/90th for full telephoto. This may not be fast enough to avoid motion blur. I would suggest using manual mode and shutter priority and set the shutter speed to 1/100th of a second. This won't effect the flash output but will reduce the amount of ambient light being captured which could cause long range shots to become darker in the distance. Name of the game, don't be afraid to take it off auto mode and experiment with manual setting.
I have a 3100z and you are right that alkaline batteries do not last long. The thing to do is buy a couple of sets of NiMH rechargable batteries and they last much longer. I,ve just been on holiday and had no problems at all with the batteries. (Although the camera does not give much warning when they need replacing).
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