10 Mistakes That Are Draining Your DSLR Camera Battery Life

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You finally get everyone lined up and looking at the camera when it happens: the battery dies. Or, perhaps, you’ve been sat patiently waiting for the perfect nature shot (maybe a bird looking the right way, or the sunset and the clouds finally arranged just as you wanted them) when the newly charged DSLR powers down, its power cell drained.

Soon you realize that you’ve been snapping photos – or waiting to – for far longer than previously thought, but still can’t shake that nagging feeling that the battery shouldn’t have run out just yet.

Well, you’re probably right. You could have squeezed more time out of your DSLR camera battery, but you’re making mistakes that are draining it. Let’s take a look at those mistakes (many of which are experienced by new DSLR owners regardless of the camera’s price) and how you can avoid making them again.

You’re Using the LCD Screen

Probably the biggest mistake is to use the LCD screen rather than the viewfinder to setup your shot. It shouldn’t come as a surprise to learn that the LCD uses a lot of battery power; after all, it’s used to preview shots as well as to review photos after they’re snapped.

If you’re concerned about navigating menus to select the right mode (and more besides), don’t be. Your DSLR should have a control dial to select shooting modes. The LCD is a great feature, but is simply the single biggest drain on your DSLR’s battery.

If you don’t feel that you can stop using it altogether, at the very least reduce the amount of time you spend using it. Two suggestions are to disable post-shot reviews and to reduce the brightness setting.

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