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Old April 23rd, 2008, 12:47 PM   #1
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Battery BP-U60

So I just have the U30 that came with the camera. Been thinking about getting an extra one. I assumed that the U60 would be about double the battery length of the U30... is that a safe assumption?
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Old April 23rd, 2008, 01:25 PM   #2
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Old April 23rd, 2008, 03:28 PM   #3
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Yes Nick

I shot a whole reception with one battery the other day. Lasts a good 4 hours. I was on manual focus - zooming was normal.

The U30 is ok for a little less than 2 hours. I used it for places where I have to pick up the camera with the tripod and move it around - any extra weight off the cam is good for me

Remember don't keep the battery on the cam overnight - or it will drain :)

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Old April 23rd, 2008, 06:19 PM   #4
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about double the battery length of the U30... is that a safe assumption?
Two U60s and the U30 will keep your camera alive throughout a long shooting day without fear of losing power.

I did a long day and managed a 30 and a 60, so an extra 60 takes you beyond an issue. Because of the battery drain, I feel it's necessary to have the 30 standing by just in case. Two 60s will cover everything else.
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Two U60s and the U30 will keep your camera alive throughout a long shooting day without fear of losing power.

I did a long day and managed a 30 and a 60, so an extra 60 takes you beyond an issue. Because of the battery drain, I feel it's necessary to have the 30 standing by just in case. Two 60s will cover everything else.
These batteries are heavy. Since almost all of my shooting is handheld (DvMultiRig), it would have been wiser to select an additional U30. That U60 is bigger than the biggest battery available for the Z1.
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Old April 24th, 2008, 07:31 AM   #6
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I have two U60's and the stock U30. the U60 lasts about 4 hours in my experience as well, and the u30 lasts about 1 1/2 to 2. What's amazing though is that the u30 charges in 2 1/2 hours, while the u60 charges in about 3 1/2. MUCH better than the panasonic HVX batteries. I feel comfortable in just about any situation with a u30, 2 u60s, and two chargers (so I can run on AC while charging).

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