I was a little surprised to see a smaller capacity battery in the 350d / Rebel XT, compared to the 300d / Rebel, 10d and 20d. The NB-2LH is rated at 720mAh compared to the BP-511 at 1100mAh, or about 2/3 the capacity. It is annoying as I already have 2 extra BP-511s, but the real question is - what is the battery life like under REAL conditions?
Can anyone who has a 350d, as well as a 300d or a 20d, give a comparison of the battery life? None of the reviews give a real-world view on this.
Using my 300d, using auto power-off, with 17-40 L & 70 -200 L lenses, LCD on for 5secs, average exposures, very few with flash:
- If I am shooting sporadically, one BP-511 can last for weeks!
- If I am on a trip and shooting all day I might get 200 shots on one fully charged battery, less if I review on the LCD frequently
I have 2 Canon BP-511s (one is 4 years old!) and 1 Uniross copy, and find them indistinguishable in use.
The 350d looks very good and is great value, so I am considering trading - but I would be unhappy if the battery life is a limiting factor. I don't want the 2-battery grip, as for me the smaller size is a good feature.