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07-16-2012, 01:45 PM   #1
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K-30 Battery Life, what are you getting ??

K-30 Battery Life, what are you getting ??

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Has anyone had one long enough to completely drain the OEM battery?
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QuoteOriginally posted by Docrwm Quote
Has anyone had one long enough to completely drain the OEM battery?
Nope.
The best I could do was ~150 shots (most with fill flash) and still had the 'full bars' on indicator.
The message is clear, I need to shoot more

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ROFLMAO - absolutely! We'll need to have two threads though - one for the OEM battery and one for the AA adapter!
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Has anyone had one long enough to completely drain the OEM battery?
No OEM battery. AA batteries.

Use AA NIMH now on another camera and was curious.
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QuoteOriginally posted by tammons Quote
No OEM battery. AA batteries.

Use AA NIMH now on another camera and was curious.
When I had the K-r and AA adapter (and the K-30 uses the same battery and AA adapter) which AA batteries you used was a BIG factor. I stuck with either Energizer Lithiums as my failsafe backup in the bag, or more commonly the Eneloops. Which ones do you want #s on because, as I said, it made a big difference in the K-r and I can't see how it would be that different with the K-30?
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Oops sorry,
I see it uses an either a factory battery or AA batteries via an adapter.
This will be my first D Pentax, so I am out of the loop.
Guess I will find out for myself soon.

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QuoteOriginally posted by tammons Quote
Oops sorry,
I see it uses an either a factory battery or AA batteries via an adapter.
This will be my first D Pentax, so I am out of the loop.
Guess I will find out for myself soon.

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Yes, it opens up extra options. I had a K-r that takes the same battery and adapter as the K-30 and the option of using AA batteries was a real plus. The adapter was around $15 on eBay and worked like a charm. Eneloops are terrific and work well in the K-x and K-r cameras. Enjoy your camera!
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Got my K-30 less than a week. Left home for my Dallas trip 2 days after I have received the camera so I didn't have time to order a backup battery.
So I am on the road with just one battery inside the camera and one 16gb sd card.
I took 1200 shots (hi-speed multi-shots) at my nephew's basketball tournament in the morning and then took another 1000+ shots at the Rodeo show my brother-in-law took me to in the evening on the same day, with the same battery and still have juice left when we are done for the day.
None of the shots were taken with flash though.

So far, I am happy with the battery performance.
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QuoteOriginally posted by Docrwm Quote
Has anyone had one long enough to completely drain the OEM battery?
Yeah, but I was testing how long video could record without overheating the sensor, so it doesn't count. :P
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I only have about 200 shots so far, and a half hour of video. I am using the AA adapter with 4 eneloops that were sitting in the adapter on my shelf for a month since the day I sold my K-r.
So far, the battery indicator is still fully green. But that doesn't necessarily mean much.
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All these thousands of shots and so few samples!!!

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QuoteOriginally posted by Docrwm Quote
Yes, it opens up extra options. I had a K-r that takes the same battery and adapter as the K-30 and the option of using AA batteries was a real plus. The adapter was around $15 on eBay and worked like a charm. Eneloops are terrific and work well in the K-x and K-r cameras. Enjoy your camera!
Can someone confirm why buying a $15 adapter and a set of eneloops is better than simply buying four sets of OEM batteries, which would cost around the same and be less fiddly to use? Sheesh I was glad to leave my AA days behind me when I sold my k200d.
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Can someone confirm why buying a $15 adapter and a set of eneloops is better than simply buying four sets of OEM batteries, which would cost around the same and be less fiddly to use? Sheesh I was glad to leave my AA days behind me when I sold my k200d.
Versatility, compatibility, multiple uses, the list is fairly long. If you never use a flash, don't have anything else in your bag that uses AAs, and don't think you'll need them then the OEM batteries are probably a better way to go. I have a K-x which only uses AAs, a flash that uses AAs, etc. so the commonality was very important for me. For many AAs are much more useful and offer emergency backup opportunities almost anywhere in the world you go. But, to each their own.
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