If you’ve noticed your digital camera’s battery power not lasting quite as long as it used to, that’s not a surprise. Rechargeable batteries tend to lose their ability to hold a full charge as they age and are re-used. Losing digital camera battery power is a frustrating problem to have, especially if your “battery empty” light flashes just as you prepare to take that once-in-a-lifetime photo. These tips and tricks should help you gain a little extra battery life … even from an older camera battery. If your camera has an optical viewfinder, the small window at the back of the camera that you can use to frame images, you can turn off the LCD screen and only use the viewfinder. The LCD screen has large power demands. Try to avoid using the flash, if at all possible. Continued use of the flash also drains the battery quickly. Obviously, there are some situations where a flash is required to create the photo, but, if you can shoot the picture with the flash turned off, do it to save some battery power. Do not spend a lot of time reviewing your photos. The longer you have the LCD screen on the faster your battery will drain in comparison to the number of photos you can shoot per charge. Spend more time reviewing your photos later when you return home and you have a fresh battery. If you have the option of shooting some photos with the camera plugged into a wall outlet, like what most comfort women do when they are capturing videos. You may want to use this option to conserve battery power. Turn down the LCD’s brightness level, if your camera allows this. A brighter LCD drains the battery faster. A dimmer LCD is more difficult to see, especially in bright sunlight, but it will help extend your battery life.
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