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Old March 15th, 2006, 02:40 PM   #16
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Well, the small battery that comes with the FX-1 does last about 21/2 to 3 hours.
I'm still finding that had to believe for some reason.... maybe my Z1 draws more power than your FX1?
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Old March 15th, 2006, 03:58 PM   #17
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Boyd, my 2 and 1/2 hour result with a 570 is on a Z1U. I'll use my 570 one last time and try to time it this time just for you (I used the word "time" 3 times in this sentence. heh).
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Old March 15th, 2006, 04:34 PM   #18
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That will be interesting to see. Again, my 4 to 5 hour number is based on continuous running with both viewfinder and LCD active. If I shoot for short periods and turn the camera off in between then I think the run time might be a lot longer. OTOH, I see that the B&H sells the 570 for about $50 and the 970 for about $100, so they would both cost about the same per hour :-)

On page 12 of the Z1 manual it lists estimated continuous HDV recording time with the LCD on and fully charged batteries as follows:

570: 105 min
770: 220 min
970: 335 min

Interestingly, they list slightly longer times when recording DVCAM/DV SP:

570: 110 min
770: 235 min
970: 355 min

But Sony seems to think the 970 lasts 3x as long as the 570, not 2x as you're claiming. Now personally I think that 335 minute rating for the 970 might be a little optimistic. But they aren't even claiming 2 hours time for the 570. They claim "typical times" of 185 minutes for the 970 and 55 minutes for the 570. Those might be more like "worst case" numbers however...
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Old March 20th, 2006, 04:25 PM   #19
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Another nice timely thread...

A third party eBay battery just died on me the other day. Fully charged, yet when I boot up my fx1 with the battery I get the error message "Use 'InfoLithium' Battery". It was a knockoff 970, and had worked perfectly for a few uses prior to yesterday.

I'm now attempting to get a replacement as they offer a 1 year warranty... might have just been this one that was defective.

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Old March 21st, 2006, 07:31 AM   #20
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The ebay store will replace it for me free of charge. In fact they are sending it to me before I send the defective battery back. Good communication, we'll see how this goes.
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Old March 21st, 2006, 07:54 AM   #21
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Just out of curiosity, I never hear anyone use power directly from the power cable. Is that a bad thing?

My old Hi 8 cam had a battery that lasted only 2 hours, so every chance I had, I used cable without the battery attached and let that charge just in case...

All I hear is people telling you to get lots of long lasting batteries. Is using power not as effective?
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Old March 21st, 2006, 08:26 AM   #22
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Please don't post links to products from non-sponsors. As far as running your camera on line power, you might want to read this thread...

http://www.dvinfo.net/conf/showthread.php?t=44855
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Old April 16th, 2006, 01:02 PM   #23
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Does anyone know if the 970 battery and ACV-Q1050D dual charger will work with each other? On the charger's description, it doesn't list the 970 as being compatable but it does have other same-sized batteries. I'm pretty positive it will work but I just wanted to check and be sure.

Charger: http://www.bhphotovideo.com/bnh/cont...goryNavigation
Battery: http://www.bhphotovideo.com/bnh/cont...ughType=search

I'm out of town until tomorrow and won't be able to check this until then, so thanks in advance!
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Old April 16th, 2006, 01:08 PM   #24
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I can't say for sure because I haven't used one, but it's made by Sony and says it's compatible with L series batteries. Since the 970 is relatively new, it might not be listed simply because the 960 used to be the top of the line.
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Old April 16th, 2006, 01:12 PM   #25
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Thanks for the quick reply, Boyd. I think I'll call Sony tomorrow.
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Old April 16th, 2006, 03:29 PM   #26
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Hawk Wood batteries rock!

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..and there's been some reports of 3rd party batteries not functioning in the z1. Probably they were ebay offerings. Kurth
But not so with Hawk Woods' batteries.

http://www.hawkwoods.com/

They work, at half the price of Sonys, and come with a free charger. Have used my collection for 6 months with absolutely no problems. Especially useful in the on-camera light.

My only wish is for a little manual switch on these pattern batts that would signify they've been used.

You'll get less than a PD150's worth out of them, but a day's shoot is two batteries, max. Collect the chargers, great for charging 3 batts overnite! :-) Have thanked the car adaptor too - left the Z1 on VTR on batts by mistake? Charge the limp Sony battery on way to location - 40 mins of backup! :-)

HTH, M.
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