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This battery is used in the Sony TX7 camera. I don't know if it's the battery or the camera, but the battery simply does not last very long. The camera manual says you can take a little over 200 shots or view x amount of photos. Combine the two of taking and viewing and the battery dies quickly. It really works out to being able to take less than half the amount of photos they claim.
The battery is costly. It dies faster than most other camera batteries. It takes about 2 hours to charge. And you need at least two or three batteries to carry with you because of the short life. But, the camera does take good pictures.
The bottom line is that you just don't have a choice if you want the TX7 camera.
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Initial post: Nov 25, 2010 1:06:04 PM PST
I agree on the short life. In addition, the battery doesn't seem to hold a charge for more than a week or so. This makes it pretty useless for spontaneous shots unless you left the battery in the recharger. I also have an older Panasonic DMC-TZ3 and I've never had a problem with short battery life when shooting or rapid discharge when not being used.
In reply to an earlier post on Apr 4, 2011 10:49:12 PM PDT
The reason why the battery does not last is because they couldn't insert enough "cells" inside such a thin camera, is the price we pay for portability. Also the LCD display is too large and it sucks the battery life faster.
I know this is not an ideal solution but you may want to experiment with charging the battery then taking the battery out of the camera if you do not plan to take photos for a while. Keep the battery in the same bag as the camera so it is handy when you need it.
This tip may save you from having to buy a spare but I would carry a spare anyway just in case the battery short-circuits in the middle of a trip.
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