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on December 11, 2012
This kit was bought to enable me to take lots of photos and record videos of an extensive trip overseas. Please understand that the charger and batteries worked--just not as I had expected. It was bought for the Canon HFR21 camera (that performs beautifully). (See my review of May 28, 2011, 'Great Little Camcorder'.) Canon does warn that batteries other than its own brand may not be compatible. What I found is that, Wasabi brand will work with the following caveats:
* Canon cannot `read' how much recording time is left. Temperature fluctuations will affect time, too. You may have hours or minutes; it's your guess.
* You must be prepared to lose precious seconds each time you turn on your camera, perhaps missing some wonderful photo/video opportunities. When using the Canon battery, connection takes a second but, not with the Wasabi. After turning on the power button, a several seconds delay occurs. A message appears on the screen, indicating that the camera and the battery are not compatible. You must then override it; another couple of seconds lost.
I can't fault the Wasabi, only my desire to buy batteries at a cheap price. While they functioned and the charger worked, the old homily of `cheap is dear' holds true. If your photo opps. are important and seconds count, then buy the batteries (and charger) that are recommended by your camera's manufacturer. That's what I intend to do for my next trip.