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Canon DC50

by flobman / February 10, 2008 3:40 AM PST

Is there a downside to using a different brand for an external battery charger? I want to buy an external battery charger for my Canon DC50. The Canon brand, which plugs directly into a wall outlet without a cord, costs $75. TechPower offers one made for the DC50 that has a cord attached to a battery plate (more convenient when the wall outlet is not easy to reach) and works with both 110 and 240 volt outlets (more convenient for traveling). It also comes with a car charger and the whole package costs half of what the Canon brand costs. Is there a problem with using anything other than a Canon brand for the external charger?

Also, the DC50 came with a Canon brand mini DVD-R disc, I want to get some mini DVD-RW discs and have two questions. What are the pros and cons of -R vs. -RW in terms of transferring, editing, etc? Will any brand of mini DVD work with the Canon DC50? Someone said that Sony will not work. Canon brand is not as readily available as some others.

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Just sharing.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / February 10, 2008 4:39 AM PST
In reply to: Canon DC50

I have some charger I bought at the store. It's name is not Canon. It charges the battery and I'm done. What analysis do we need here?

As to the media you only need to use what they say is compatible.


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thank you
by flobman / February 10, 2008 2:29 PM PST
In reply to: Just sharing.

I appreciate your advice. Canon warns us to use only Canon products, so I am asking if anyone has damaged a battery by using a different brand of charger. Apparently, you have not had a problem.

As for discs, one salesperson said that Sony mini DVD-R and RW may not work in the Canon DC50. Is that true? Is it true for any other brand of disc? Has anyone had a problem in either recording or transferring info with any brand other than Canon?

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As to the warning.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / February 11, 2008 2:34 AM PST
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All makers spout that.

As to the media. There is something about the Sony media. I have not bought any so why not just not try those? As to other media, always get the PLUS or MINUS on the DVDR media they suggest. The only media I would avoid is the 100 pack no-names for use in your camcorder. For the PC I have no issue since I can toss a bad media and move on.


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Thank you.
by flobman / February 11, 2008 3:34 AM PST
In reply to: As to the warning.

Thank you for your help.

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