|10th of May 2009 (Sun)||#1|
Join Date: Apr 2009
Location: Chicago, IL
Canon FS20 Battery
Not sure if this is in the right place, but hopefully it can be moved, if i'm in the wrong place
Just picked up a Canon FS20 today for my mom for mothers day, and while she loved the quality and ease of use of the camera, she had a few problems with its battery.
Mainly, the fact that it only has an hour and forty five minutes worth of recording time on the highest setting, and that there's no way to get a larger battery.
Looking at canon's site the only replacement battery would be the BP-808, which has the same expected battery life. Meaning in order to get longer battery life, she'd need to pick up a few more batteries.
That would be fine, except canon has done its customers the favor of making each 2 hour battery cost $80!
Sure they are around $50 on amazon and other places, but that's still a pretty penny for such a small amount of battery. She uses the camera at family gatherings, and on vacations, where she would normally either not have the luxury of recharging batteries, or doesn't want to be bothered by running low on juice.
Basically she would be happy with at least 6-7 hours of recording time without having to recharge, as sometimes you can't when you're out exploring the grand canyon, on vacation.
We've already got the memory situation covered, with lots of sd cards
The best alternative i can find is this generic brand:
apparently it won't charge in camera, only on the charger...
is this legit? she won't be bothered by the charging off camera, but she would be bothered if these batteries are a scam, or end up blowing up in the camera while she's using them.
at $20 a pop, she could easily buy 3 or 4 of them and have enough juice for a days worth of shooting. Although it might not be worth the risk.
does anyone have any experience with these batteries, or generic camcorder batteries in general?
|20th of May 2009 (Wed)||#2|
Join Date: Mar 2006
Re: Canon FS20 Battery
I bought this battery for my FS20 from this place:
I charged the battery and it does work but you have to use the charger that it came with. Will not charge in the camera. Also because it is not a Canon battery it will not show how much time is remaining on the battery like the Canon battery but I can live with that for the price. It also comes with a car charger which I have not used as of yet.