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Old May 2nd, 2014, 04:53 PM   #1
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PMW-300 and the BPU-60 battery

How long will a BPU-60 battery last? How many hours are you guys getting?
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Old May 2nd, 2014, 05:20 PM   #2
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Re: PMW-300 and the BPU-60 battery

Less than on my old EX3. I have 3 x BPU-60s, one new the other two nearly 6-years old (plus the new small BPU-30 that came with the PMW-300).

I reckon I get 2/3, maybe 3/4 of the time on the PMW-300 compared to my old EX3 for each battery...2-3 hours max depending on the way each shoot goes. For sure I have been aware of a faster drain on batteries since I upgraded to this cam - but it is by no means excessive/a problem.

I guess that might be down to the extra processing needed for 50Mbps 4.2.2 over the 35Mbs 4.2.0 on the 3?

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Old May 3rd, 2014, 06:01 AM   #3
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Re: PMW-300 and the BPU-60 battery

The viewfinder image monitor is bigger (and a better technology), and also the encoding/processing chip in the PMW-300 is more powerful .... hence it can support the firmware upgrade for the XAVC format and the PMW-200 can't. These two aspects could easily explain the higher usage rate.

But, hey, the images are gorgeous!

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PS. I haven't used the camera on a shoot yet, only receiving it a couple of days ago. A fully charged BPU-30 battery shows 92 mins on the viewfinder, FWIW.
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