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Glen Vandermolen May 2nd, 2014 03:53 PM

PMW-300 and the BPU-60 battery
How long will a BPU-60 battery last? How many hours are you guys getting?

Andy Wilkinson May 2nd, 2014 04:20 PM

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?

Images are lovely, so I'm happy!

Andrew Smith May 3rd, 2014 05:01 AM

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!


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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