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Sony HVR-Z1 hdv cameraPART 7: BATTERIES

by Christina Fox

The camera is powered by Sony's rechargeable "InfoLITHIUM" batteries. To connect the battery to the camera - lift up the viewfinder and insert the battery in the direction of the arrow until it locks into place. To remove the battery from the camera - press the BATT RELEASE button.

 

When you buy the camera is comes with one small battery. I highly recommend you buy at least one large NP-F970 battery. This will give you around 5-6 hours of operating time.

If you buy at least two of these batteries you'll have more than enough battery power to shoot all day. However, the long lasting batteries also take a long time to charge. If you have two dead batteries and only one charger you may have to get up in the middle of the night to change them over.

So a good investment is a battery charger that can charge more than one battery at a time.

TAKING CARE OF YOUR BATTERIES

  • Batteries work best between 0C and +40C so try to keep them in a warm place when working in cold conditions.
  • Keep batteries away from intense heat (+ 60° C).
  • Protect from vibration, do not drop them.
  • Do not immerse in water, expose them to heavy rain, steam or high humidity. If they do get wet remove any excess water and allow to dry naturally.
  • Label your batteries A, B, C (etc) and use them in strict rotation. This way they will all get equal use (and abuse).
  • Do not put batteries in a pocket or bag with your keys, coins or any other metal objects. Keys touching the metal contacts of the battery can get hot and you may set your pants on fire!

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