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Replacement batteries for camcorders

by prith / August 2, 2004 10:49 AM PDT

I recently bought a Sony DCH-HC40. The original battery that it came with lasts only about an hour. So, I'm looking to buy a stronger battery for it. The batteries provided by the manufacturer are on the expensive side (about $130). Similar replacement batteries are half the cost. My question is whether it is advisable to use a replacement battery, instead of the one that Sony sells. Do they give similar performance, and do not cause any degradation to the camcorder ? Any help will be appreciated.

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Re: Replacement batteries for camcorders
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / August 2, 2004 11:14 AM PDT
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Re: Replacement batteries for camcorders
by Hawkjaw / August 10, 2004 1:09 PM PDT


I work for another digital camcorder manufacturer and we highly recommend using our brands batteries as opposed to aftermarket brands. The savings you may encounter may end up costing you more because you end up buying the name brand eventually. I find many aftermarket batteries either do not perform as well due to not fitting the camcorder properly or the charger properly. It is up to you to try an aftermarket battery just to compare. You may find it works acceptable for your needs. Remember that when using any not leave it on the camcorder when not in use for long periods of time (it drains) also using zoom functions, LCD monitors etc..drain the battery quicker. Hope this info helps.

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Re: Replacement batteries for camcorders
by dcr_hc40_user / August 10, 2004 11:30 PM PDT

I have bought a new DCR-HC40 myself and the battery which comes with it (NPFP50) gives less than 1 hr time...
I went ahead and picked up a NPFP90 which gives approx 5 hrs life from a web-site for $99.. It's a good one but it's big so it sticks out of handycam's back like a nasty tumor.
I would suggest you go for Sony NP-FP70 (~$50) which would be giving ~3hrs life and won't be an ugly bulge either.. If you want more time I suggest buy two npfp70 rather than one npfp90

Hey, by the way do you have any idea how to transfer your recording as-it-is from MiniDV to a PC (Picture package gives original vidoe option which mixes a lot of scenes and music and other option of burning VCD is not so great as it does not allow editing)

-Hope I've been helpful

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