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What is the REAL Battery life on 350d / Rebel XT

 
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Apr 19, 2005 16:04 |  #1

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.


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Apr 19, 2005 16:12 |  #2

I've shot about 2000 photos on my XT on just 3 charges (and still have room to go on there). This is with the standard 2 second review, probably about 20% of the shots with flash, and maybe 15% shot with RAW+JPG (the rest just fine large JPG). So, to be specific, I'm seeing about 700-800 shots per charge, shot over a period of 3-5 days.


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Apr 19, 2005 16:38 as a reply to  @ patrickpkt's post |  #3

patrickpkt wrote:
I've shot about 2000 photos on my XT on just 3 charges (and still have room to go on there). This is with the standard 2 second review, probably about 20% of the shots with flash, and maybe 15% shot with RAW+JPG (the rest just fine large JPG). So, to be specific, I'm seeing about 700-800 shots per charge, shot over a period of 3-5 days.

Well, I'm suitably impressed. That is better than I have experienced with the 300d.


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Apr 19, 2005 16:43 |  #4

Yeah, I'd say my experience is comparable.

Around 600 shots with 2 sec. review per battery charge.




  
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Apr 19, 2005 16:48 |  #5

Hummm




  
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Apr 19, 2005 18:12 |  #6

puttick wrote:
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.

One of the ways that Canon got the 350D to be so small is by using a smaller battery.

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Apr 19, 2005 18:21 as a reply to  @ robertwgross's post |  #7

I think I'm averaging somewhere around 300 photos per charge with an 8 second review time.

I'm very impressed with the low power consumption of the 350d.




  
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Apr 19, 2005 22:29 |  #8

I am averaging around 600 shots on a full charge.


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Apr 19, 2005 22:30 |  #9

Battery life is not an issue with the XT.......it'll keep on ticking.......

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Apr 20, 2005 05:29 |  #10

Wouldn't the life of the battery also depend on the frequency of use of the camera.
Do all of you shoot EVERYDAY, or do you shoot EVERY OTHER DAY.

I recently got 2 full 1 GIG CF cards worth of shots, out of my 20D with the 511A battery, plus about an extra 10 shots. Each gig with Raw shots, about 220 shots all together + mybe 20 jpgs. I would say all together about 250 images on one charge. I try to run the battery down till the camera shuts off.

How often does everyone shoot, and approx. how many shots do you take per day.


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Apr 20, 2005 08:26 as a reply to  @ mr.photoguy's post |  #11

mr.photoguy wrote:
Wouldn't the life of the battery also depend on the frequency of use of the camera.
Do all of you shoot EVERYDAY, or do you shoot EVERY OTHER DAY.

I recently got 2 full 1 GIG CF cards worth of shots, out of my 20D with the 511A battery, plus about an extra 10 shots. Each gig with Raw shots, about 220 shots all together + mybe 20 jpgs. I would say all together about 250 images on one charge. I try to run the battery down till the camera shuts off.

How often does everyone shoot, and approx. how many shots do you take per day.


I've got family visiting these past few days. They have little cute kids, so I am shooting about 250+ photos a day. So far since last Friday, I've shot 1200 photos. I've charged my XT's battery three times, the last time for today's shooting.


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Apr 20, 2005 12:37 as a reply to  @ mr.photoguy's post |  #12

mr.photoguy wrote:
How often does everyone shoot, and approx. how many shots do you take per day.

I put a fully charged battery in on April 13 when my replacement XT was delivered.

Since then I've taken at least 20 photos every day, some with flash, most without. I spent an evening in the backyard doing long night exposures and messing with the bulb exposure setting. I spent one of those days at the zoo taking over 200 pictures that afternoon alone. I spent a day shooting my kids - another 90 or 100 photos there.

Just a few minutes ago I snapped a dozen or so shots of birds and a rabbit outside the house.

I also transfer directly from my camera to my PC.

The last picture I transferred was #563 and the bettery is still going.




  
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Apr 20, 2005 15:12 |  #13

Impresive, I thought the battery in my 300d lasted long, but what you are stating is incredible.


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Apr 20, 2005 18:41 |  #14

I took exactly 1178 pictures on my last charge on my 20D!! I was impressed to say the least :)


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Apr 21, 2005 06:19 as a reply to  @ Toogy's post |  #15

Toogy wrote:
I took exactly 1178 pictures on my last charge on my 20D!! I was impressed to say the least :)

I need to charge my battery, and see how many I get. I am not 100% sure, but my battery may be getting weak..


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