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Old Wednesday 10th October 2018, 10:30   #26
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Hi Delia,

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Are bridge cameras mirrrorless'?
The criterion for battery usage is the reliance on an electronic viewfinder, as that's a compenent that consumes a lot of juice.

DSLRs that rely on a purely optical viewfinder (and a manual zoom) can be much more economic with their battery charge when they are kept on and ready.

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Old Wednesday 10th October 2018, 11:49   #28
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Thanks HI & Henning.... that's a relief, though I struggle with the logistics of trying to recharge 5-6 batteries overnight when on holiday and out photographing every day from dawn to dusk LOL!!
You just need to set the alarm clock and sleep in 3-hour intervals. - Honestly, it's an issue, I've already considered to get a dual charger for my V3, to charge two batteries simultaneously. I adore what modern cameras can do, but the technology is also demanding. To quote from a recent Thomas Stirr article:
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When on an extended photography tour I do occasionally fill all 20 of my [32GB] micro-SD cards, which is why I always bring a laptop and a small 2 TB portable hard drive with me just in case!
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The criterion for battery usage is the reliance on an electronic viewfinder, as that's a compenent that consumes a lot of juice.
Thinking about it, maybe I need to qualify this:

- Electronic viewfinders which are viewed through an eyepiece tend to have small low-resolution screen and can be switched off as long as the user is not viewing if they have the eye-detection system that is pretty standard. These probably can be quite economic as long as your eye is not glued to the viewfinder for hours on end.
- If there's a large screen on the rear of the camera, that's the one that will quickly drain your battery if left on. As there are cameras for which this is the only viewfinder they have, these are not well-suited for leaving them constantly "on" in readiness.

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A dual battery charger is always a nice thing to pick up if you get into mirrorless cameras. 4-5 batteries sounds a bit much for 1 day of shooting - I'd think 2-3 covers it for most cameras. The only time you may need more is when traveling and you won't be near any charger or outlet for more than a day.
Many mirrorless cameras can also charge a battery in the camera when plugged in with the power cord, either by wall outlet or USB, and some can even be powered by USB. When I travel, I have a dual battery charger which I can use to charge two batteries, plus I plug the camera in to charge the 3rd...all three charge at the same time, usually overnight while I sleep, and all are ready in the morning. For cameras that can power from a USB or charge via USB, even when traveling away from hotels or civilization you can bring a portable battery bank or two, and use those to either charge a battery in the camera, or to even power the camera if needed.
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