Rated 1 out of 5 by aky13 WHEN will SONY address the problem??
I just bought a NEW but almost two year old a3000 (I far prefer the shape over the a6000). I read a zillion reviews and was well aware of the battery life problem. I bought the camera anyway because it did its primary job, i.s. taking photos, MUCH better than the comparable Olympus and Panasonic models I tested.
SONY's rep, "Mitch" - I believe - responds to comments in Amazon reviews but has NEVER responded to the one critical question: "WHEN is SONY going to replace these obviously LOUSY batteries with a better model?
SURELY a company with this reputation cares enough about its customers to do a little engineering. OR, is SONY happy to sit back because of people like me who bought despite the battery problem? Or, worse still, are they like Apple that simple doesn't care about customers?
July 8, 2015
Rated 3 out of 5 by ProfessionalAmateur right battery for the wrong camera or vice versa
I was forced to buy this battery for my alpha 55 SLT camera, since the battery that came with the camera lasted on for approx 400 shots (this was as mentioned by sony, no surprises) with 18-55 kit lens. I was going on a vacation and was not sure if I would have the option to recharge the battery regularly. The other features of the camera were nice so I just didn't care much about the battery life at that time. I am repenting now!!
Now, with the new 70400G lens which I have purchased, the battery lasts hardly for 200 shots!!!!!
Its my bad. I didn't give enough consideration to battery life.
This is a good battery for point and shoot cameras BUT not for SLR/SLT/NEX cameras!! Please make note of this, before deciding to buy these cameras!!! I am learning it the hard way
I have heard that sony is coming up with new models in the near future which have a different battery and give excellent battery life.
But I am screwed!! After so much investment I can't even go to a different brand ($1000 for camera+$1600 for lens$80 for battery)
July 19, 2011
Rated 4 out of 5 by dvdmsmth Turn off Wi-Fi to extend battery life.
I bought my a6000 in 2015. I was looking for a light weight camera that could take great pictures. I soon realized that a single charge did not last very long. I could only get about 2 hours from the battery. After watching a Gary Fong video, I learned you can extend the battery life by putting the camera in Airplane mode. This will turn off the Wi-Fi. the Wi-Fi uses the battery to search for network connections.
July 21, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by rkreiss Battery Life NEX cameras
I have a NEX 5K for a year now.
Purchased an extra battery soon after getting the camera. Just returned from 3 week in Africa and prior to leaving purchased another battery. This gave me 2 while on game drives and one back in camp charging.
Most of the time, the battery lasted for 8 hours of of the 2 game drives. Only twice did I have to swap batteries during a game drive.
No power at night to charge the batteries.
Most of my photography is stills not movies.
No matter what camera you own, digital photography uses battery power. One should have no less than 2 batteries to insure you have power during your days picture taking.
September 19, 2012
Rated 2 out of 5 by jpt0521 Needs improvement
Battery is large, relatively heavy, and requires a special charger. It has respectable life when freshly charged but loses charge rapidly during storage. I can't store the freshly-charged battery for ~1 month without complete drain. VERY unreliable for the cost.
February 21, 2011
Rated 4 out of 5 by MaysEffect PRE-CHARGE BATTERY BEFORE USE
i am only writing to warn people to pre charge batteries before first use. i dont know if some people do or do not do this but all batteries should be charged to its optimal level before the first use this is important to overall batter life, and charge capacitance. some people forget and have complained that the batter is useless or terrible.
IF you do this first and the batter is still not up to its optimal level then you can complain.
April 21, 2012
Rated 5 out of 5 by Puma12 Why does everyone say this battery underperforms?
First, let's cut to the chase. This battery at first will be pathetic. It will only give you 40 to 50 shots. You have to use the battery for several weeks before it "burns in" and reach 200-300 shots per charge. Used this battery for a year now. Still no capacity loss. People who reviewed this battery, didn't use it long enough. Shame.
February 21, 2012
Rated 3 out of 5 by amymirandamakeup Take up to 20 photos and the battery is gone
I love my nex5 camera, but the battery pack has a very short life.. I took a few photos one day and i had to charge it again next day.. its like every time you do a session you make sure you either have another battery or charge it for a few hours. The price of $80 is quite high, as with everything sony.
May 1, 2011