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D3100 battery life.


Jestertheclown 6 6.8k 245 England
18 Aug 2012 10:43AM
Just a question for those of you using EN-EL14 batteries, the one used in the D3100 and I believe the D5100.

Roughly, how many shots do you get from a fully charged battery?

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Newdevonian 2 463 United Kingdom
18 Aug 2012 1:05PM
There are too many variables: Shot taking, shot viewing, menu fiddling, VR lenses, built in flash, etc. Do you have view after shot switched on? I had as little as 50 from a EN-EL15 when I first purchased the camera. Nikon reckon a 1000, but under what conditions?
Jestertheclown 6 6.8k 245 England
18 Aug 2012 4:17PM
Sorry Chris, I should have been more specific.
The reason that I ask is that I've just bought a D3100 and unsurprisingly, before I bought it, I read everything that I could find about it.
All the reviewers and Nikon themselves reckon that it ought to be good for about 550 odd shots before it needs recharging.
There were however, some forum posts, (not on here) by people who's batteries were only lasting for 200 or so shots.
Initially, I used mine straight from the box and obviously there was a lot of fiddling with settings and taking shots that I didn't really want, just to get the thing working as I wanted it and for me to learn how it all worked. That ended after about 250 shots, leaving me mindful of the 200 shot forum posters.
I recharged it and used it normally, resulting in another 250 odd shots, about half of these using the built in flash.
I then recharged it and as I expected, each time it seems to last a bit longer.

The last charge however; only its fourth, has given me 1,329 shots.

It was still showing a third full but I charged it anyway as I wanted to go out and I didn't want my next shot to be the last!
These were all shots taken during the last week or so, out and about with Chloe, my daughter and are really only snapshots but they're shots all the same. In each case, VR was on, as was AF and I was checking the shots after shooting, sometimes using the histogram, sometimes not and sometimes checking for blown highlights. I used the flash a fair bit, although probably on less than half of them and on three occasions the appropriate folder was played back so that Mum could see them.
There was no use at all of 'live view' or video.
I'm not complaining but 1,329 seems like an awful lot more than Nikon and others have said I should expect.

Is this exceptional?

Your views anyone . . . ?
PinkK 6 80 1 United Kingdom
18 Aug 2012 6:35PM
I recently bought a D5100, charged the battery fully when I got it, it's only used a third of the battery power after much fiddling with all the settings and I have taken about 600 images...so I think 1,329 is really good. I had read that the battery life wasn't that good, but bought the D5100 regardless of that particular negative review of the battery Smile
Chrism8 8 766 15 England
18 Aug 2012 6:44PM
Lithium Ion batteries will take a few charge cycles to obtain their max endurance.
Jestertheclown 6 6.8k 245 England
18 Aug 2012 7:22PM

Quote:it's only used a third of the battery power after much fiddling with all the settings and I have taken about 600 images

Sounds as if you're heading in the same direction then. I'll be interested to hear how many shots you end up with.

Quote:Lithium Ion batteries will take a few charge cycles to obtain their max endurance.

Yes. I'd expected its duration to improve after a five or so cycles but I never expected this.
18 Aug 2012 8:33PM
I do not know anything specific about this camera - but Nikon's without a separate clock battery (D3 & D3s) generally use part of the first main battery charge to charge up the internal clock.
After 2-3 charges you should have a good idea of how many shots the way you use your camera.
Jestertheclown 6 6.8k 245 England
18 Aug 2012 8:43PM
I don't know anything about that Len.

I'm just pleased that it's working well. I shall still have to get a spare battery for peace of mind, if nothing else and I'm expecting to get fewer images if I begin to use it more seriously but for more general use, which is mostly what it will be used for, the future's looking bright.

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