How to Make Your DSLR Batteries Last Longer

The digital camera has made it easy for just about anyone to take great pictures simply because of all the features that come packed into their small size. Even the most novice of photographers can take professional looking pictures because the camera is able to most of the work depending on what type of image is being captured.

The unfortunate side of all these features is battery drain; digital cameras are notorious power hogs and can suck a set of batteries dry in short order if you aren't paying attention. So let's take a look at what you can do to limit your camera's battery drain.

The most power hungry feature on any digital camera is the LCD screen. It takes a lot of juice to run that item so it's a good idea to turn it off and use the viewfinder instead. If you do like to use it keep it turned off when you're not taking a picture or video.

Another power drain is the flash, and in particular the anti red-eye multiple flash feature. This doesn't mean you shouldn't use the flash because it is a useful feature. Try to use natural or sufficient artificial lighting when possible and turn off the anti red-eye setting if you're not taking picture of people.

The zoom lens is also a battery draining feature that needs to be used sparingly. Constant zooming in and out should be avoided and most people find that they tend to use a certain zoom setting most of the time. Find a setting that works for you and try and keep it there most of the time.

Here are some other things you can do to get the most out of your batteries:

Most digital cameras have a Power Save mode so be sure to use it if possible. If yours does not have this feature be sure to turn off your camera whenever you aren't using it.

Cold weather conditions can be a huge drain on a camera's battery. Try to keep your camera and batteries warm inside your jacket until you are ready to take pictures. You also need to store your extra batteries in a cool, dry place and keep them out of the sun and away from other heat sources.

Don't spend a lot of time reviewing your pictures on your camera. Playing back all your images can is not a good idea. Instead download your pictures to your computer first and then review them. Also take advantage of your camera's ability to be plugged in, particularly when you are downloading. This will increase your battery life as well.

If you own a digital camera you will go through the batteries or need to recharge them often but if you follow some of these simple tips you'll be able to extend their life and get more out of your picture taking experiences.

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