How do I save my camera batteries when in the bush? Can I charge my batteries when on a hike? Which camera settings can I change to conserve battery power?
|Panasonic Charger and Li-ion Battery|
Some hints are obvious
- carry more than one set of batteries
- choose higher power batteries eg lithium ion instead of alkaline or Nicad
- charge your batteries at the last possible moment
- don’t leave your camera turned on unnecessarily
- maximise power and screen saving, using your camera settings
- standardise on a single battery type so you can swap batteries between your torch, GPS and camera
Some are less obvious
- use your viewfinder instead of the LCD the screen
- turn you screen brightness down to a minimum, if you have no viewfinder
- don’t review or delete the photos you have taken
- minimize the use of flash
- take less video: plan what you are going to take
- zoom you camera less and don’t have it set on continuous focus
- have the subject prepared and the camera set on the tripod before turning on your camera
- keep your batteries warm: some would say this is unnecessary
- update all the settings on your camera such as date/time before you leave home
- don’t take more photos than you need
- if you have a GPS in your camera, decide if you need it turned on
Some technology has only recently become available
- Solar chargers: with rechargeable power packs. See my earlier post: How to Keep your iPhone Charged in the Outdoors
- Car charger: if you have a base camp, charge you camera battery each night
The idea for this post came from wildtiger.biz Tips when taking your video camera on a bushwalk; Jay Fraser Posted on 2006-04-05 and has been expanded based on my personal experience of extended walks and digital cameras.
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2 thoughts on “Conserving your Digital Camera’s Batteries while Bushwalking.”
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