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Apr 09, 2013 14:38 |  #1246

nekrosoft13 wrote in post #15808625 (external link)
How bad is the battery life?

300-400 shots is about the range you should expect. You can get more if you're just hammering the shutter, but for more relaxed use the constant live view will naturally drain the battery. 3rd party batteries are cheap and work fine though, so I haven't found it to be a problem personally.

I do hope they go with a slightly bigger grip and large battery next time. The current battery is 1220 mAh. I'm sure if they allowed it more room in the camera they could make it larger to hold 1800 mAh like Canon's batteries or maybe even more. Going from 400 to 600 shots would feel like a huge improvement I think.




  
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Apr 09, 2013 14:48 |  #1247

Yohan Pamudji wrote in post #15808661 (external link)
3rd party batteries are cheap and work fine though, so I haven't found it to be a problem personally.

Funny story about that. It probably should have been a hint to me when I bought my OMD about battery life, that the previous owner sold it to me with a total of 4 batteries (one OEM, and three 3rd party). Anyway, I left on a two week trip to europe, and I didn't find out until I was there that the OEM charger refused to charge the 3rd party batteries. Of course to save space I only brought the one charger!

The first day I had already gone through 2 of my 3rd party batteries before discovering this; which were now for all intents and purposes disposable. The camera was just out at the time, so no local photo stores had any replacements. So I spent the whole trip with just the one OEM battery which I had to charge every night, and one emergency backup battery with a full charge; should I exhaust the OEM battery and have a once in a lifetime shot come up. So I would keep turning the camera off every time I wasn't shooting, kept the liveview screen off as much as possible, and still was lucky to make it through a day of touring without running out. For instance I shot all day around Monaco, and my battery died five minutes before we pulled up to front of the Casino.... So naturally I am not fond of the battery life of the camera.

By comparison the only Canon camera I ever NEEDED to own more than one battery for was the 1D Classic.


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Apr 09, 2013 14:56 |  #1248

Ouch, that hurts. Turning the camera off frequently was a good idea, but yeah there's just no getting around that battery drain caused by live view. Last trip I took the E-M5 on I had 7 (!) batteries--1 OEM and 6 3rd party--although I only ever carried 3 at a time including 1 in the camera. I think the most I ever drained in a day was 2 full batteries plus part of another, so spares are an absolute must and definitely remember to bring the 3rd party charger.




  
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Apr 09, 2013 14:59 |  #1249

I miss my 5D for some things, but the weight, portability, low profile while in public, and video recording options are all huge gains in my book. It's worth carrying a spare battery or two for me.




  
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Apr 09, 2013 16:54 |  #1250

nekrosoft13 wrote in post #15807109 (external link)
Nah, panny looks like one of those cheap ultrazooms plus no ibis.

Ah, I thought you were looking for a camera, not a fashion accessory ;) Virtually all my micro 4/3 lenses have OIS, so while the IBIS is a plus for the OM-D, its not such a big deal for me. Each to their own, though...


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Apr 09, 2013 19:41 |  #1251

yeah, the battery life isn't great with these smaller cameras but if you think the OMD is bad don't consider an X100/X100s... :diaf: I turn off my image replay in all my cameras though and could easily shoot all day with the OMD (and X100 too if it's a FULL charge) but I also have wasabi backups from amazon just in case.


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Apr 09, 2013 19:56 |  #1252
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who here still has the OM-D? I see few former owners.


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Apr 09, 2013 20:11 |  #1253

Still have it, and still loving the camera! I find myself preferring it over a 5DII in the majority of situations. However, just a hobbiest.


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Apr 09, 2013 21:35 |  #1254

nekrosoft13 wrote in post #15809792 (external link)
who here still has the OM-D? I see few former owners.

Still have it, still love it. They'll have to put out something amazing for me to bother upgrading it.




  
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Apr 09, 2013 21:47 |  #1255

It is my only camera as well. Have it and love it.


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Apr 09, 2013 22:00 |  #1256

sold it. Went to a GX1 (crap auto ISO but the best MFT packaging available IMHO), sold that, went to an EPM2 (felt cheap but loved the size, just wish it had a decent grip), still have that with the 17mm but ever since the X100s showed up it hasn't been touched (I'll be selling it very soon).


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Apr 10, 2013 21:34 |  #1257

have it still and love it, in fact today I just picked up the 75mm and the MKII 17mm F1.8




  
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Apr 12, 2013 15:09 |  #1258

I still have mine. I am thinking about picking up the 17mm 1.8.... for those who have it, any thoughts on it?




  
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Apr 12, 2013 19:40 |  #1259
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I might order my OMD soon ;)

thinking about also maybe getting GX1 with it as well.


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Apr 19, 2013 02:52 |  #1260

I get 350-400 shots out of a battery, but like others have said, a few spares are cheap and easliy pocketed, so it's pretty much a non-issue. I very rarely chimp, though, and turn off the camera when it's not in use. New habit compared to the 5DII (which is almost always on), and slightly annoying, but I've never been left high and dry. Most of my shooting is done while traveling so the size/weight to quality ratio is the deciding factor. Added the RX100 as the first compact camera in years I'm actually enjoying and liking the output from - the LX3 was OK, but I noticed that if it doesn't fit in a pocket, it rarely comes along for the ride. And if I'm taking a bag, I might as well take a bigger camera :)

In fact, I am selling off a good bit of Canon gear because it's not getting used and to fund an underwater setup for the E-M5; the 70-200/2.8 left last year, the 580EX II just got shipped, and the 100-400, 17-40 and 15/2.8 fisheye are all going as well because I rarely use them. I'll likely end up with a 5DII, 35L, 135L and an assortment of manual focus 50mm lenses and be happy. Still unsure on how often the 5DII will still get to travel with me - if I ever go to Antarctica again (tentative plan is January 2015) I may just have to upgrade for the landscape/wideangle stuff, but the E-M5 (or successor) will serve admirably for the telephoto end of things.


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