Camera Batteries

Shopping for a new digital camera recently has brought back an old debate: proprietary batteries or standard AA’s? My current Pentax Optio 33L uses that later, which is great for quick resupplies and laying in extra stocks of NiMH recharagables for long trips. The price is better, too, with additional proprietary batteries commanding $40-50.

The market finally caught up with the need, though, and other manufacturers are offering equivalent replacement batteries at less than half the brand name cost. This opens up many more compact cameras for consideration, and is as easy as searching for the battery type as you shop.

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