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Almost needed if you wanted to do long shoots without a cord
on March 2, 2010
Yes, I did grit my teeth and purchase this battery. On the AG-HMC40 it reports 8 hours of battery life on the first charge. This battery is very useful if you need an extra battery and don't want to rely on the little starter battery Panasonic provides.
It's a little funny looking, since it does stick out the back of the camera some, and the starter battery looks like it's getting lost in the same space. It's not too bad, and doesn't interfere with the usage.
Really the only downer on this battery is the cost. The AG-HMC40 seems to be VERY power efficient, and this battery shows just how far you can go. I guess if you just consider this part of the camera cost, it's not so bad.
I love the battery now that I have it, You always WANT that extra battery waiting for you on the charger anyway, so it's hard to say no.
If I ignored battery cost, I would probably want to rate this at 4.5 stars or so.