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Old July 3rd, 2013, 10:43 AM   #1
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genuine Canon batteries used with XA-10 not compatible with XA-20

Title says it all. BP827 battery will not operate my XA-20. I have tried more than one, so it's not a battery issue. Not thrilled with this development.
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Old July 3rd, 2013, 10:45 AM   #2
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Re: genuine Canon batteries used with XA-10 not compatible with XA-20

Bummer. Looks like they're running the BP828s now.
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Old July 3rd, 2013, 11:11 AM   #3
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Yeah this sucks, especially since you can't even buy the larger 828 battery anywhere yet. I haven't received my XA20 yet, hope to by the end of the week. This news though is a real bummer. I will be heading off on a hiking trip in a couple of weeks & will need extra batteries. Hopefully I can source some before I leave!
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Old July 3rd, 2013, 11:22 AM   #4
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Nate, thanks for saving me a few steps by mentioning the battery model #, very much apppreciated.
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Old July 3rd, 2013, 11:40 AM   #5
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Old July 3rd, 2013, 07:13 PM   #6
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J&R had two of the batteries, I bought one. The original battery is not bad, lasts about 150 minutes, which makes is a good secondary battery.
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Old July 24th, 2013, 01:19 PM   #7
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Re: genuine Canon batteries used with XA-10 not compatible with XA-20

Are there any batteries for the XA20 that cost less than $150.00?
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Old July 25th, 2013, 06:25 AM   #8
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Re: genuine Canon batteries used with XA-10 not compatible with XA-20

In what respect do the XA10 batteries not fit the XA20?
Is it all, or jsut some batteries?
How about the third party batteries?
Is it a mater of a bit of extra plastic, or is ther some other more significant issue?
Do XA20 batteries fit the XA10?
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Old July 25th, 2013, 07:11 AM   #9
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Re: genuine Canon batteries used with XA-10 not compatible with XA-20

I purchased a BP820 battery which is one which will power the G30/XA20, and I tried it in my G10. It works perfectly in the G10.

It seems that even though the batteries that power the G10 are physically the same size/voltage/contacts, etc..... , Canon must have created in the G30/XA20 the ability to know the difference and to reject the older batteries. Why, is anybody's guess. I hate to think Canon is simply maximizing profits by limiting our options, but such is the nature of modern business I'm afraid.
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Old July 25th, 2013, 07:27 AM   #10
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I can verify what Tom has reported. XA-20 batteries are backward compatible. When you look them up they are listed as being suitable for a long list of cameras. The XA-10 batteries, when used in an XA20, cause the camera to display a message such as "battery not compatible" and then it shuts down.
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Old July 25th, 2013, 08:04 AM   #11
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Thanks guys. I guess its top dollar price to have an extra battery which I got to have. I've always had good results with aftermarket batteries that cost 1/3 of Canons price. I'm not sure if 2 batteries is gonna cut it for a wedding and reception shoot.
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Old July 25th, 2013, 08:36 AM   #12
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Re: genuine Canon batteries used with XA-10 not compatible with XA-20

I forgot to add that I found a third party battery that works in my G30 from ebatts.com. I don't know the longevity or the quality yet but this battery(B-9679H) functions perfectly in my G30. It seems to be the equivalent of the battery which comes with the G30, and it's under $50 U.S., depending on shipping charges.
Hopefully this vendor will have a larger capacity one available in the near future.
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Old August 30th, 2013, 03:55 PM   #13
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Re: genuine Canon batteries used with XA-10 not compatible with XA-20

Sooo... any further info on how that ebatts.com battery worked for you in your G30? I'm about to pull the trigger on this one:

VIXIA HF G30 Battery for Canon Camcorder ? Li-Ion 4 Cell, 7.4 V, 1.78 Ah ? B-9679H ? eBatts.com

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Old September 15th, 2013, 12:15 AM   #14
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For those of using the XA20/25 but have avoided buying a backup battery due to the high cost, here's an alternative you might consider. You can buy a 12volt DC - 110/120 volt AC power inverter( from sources like Radio Shack, Amazon, and ebay), then plug it into a 12 volt battery belt or pack (and many of you may still have these lying around because you're now using an on camera LED light that gets power from a camera battery rather than from a battery belt). Then just plug your XA20/25 power adapter into the outlet on your power inverter and voila--you've got all the power you'll need. I've been using this setup to record 3 hour+ football games and it works like a charm (I'm using a NiMH battery belt from Armato's, but 12v lead acid or NiCad battery belts/packs should work as well. Test yours first to see how long it will power the XA20/25). The main drawback to this setup is the extra bulk and weight involved but for tripod shooting where a wall outlet is unavailable it works great.
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Old September 15th, 2013, 12:54 PM   #15
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The ebatts battery they list for the XA20 and 25 does not work. They send a BP-819.
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