Digital cameras are chock full of bells and whistles these days that maintaining a battery can be difficult. In fact, batteries may be the biggest expense a camera owner could rack up, but there are always things you can do to work around this issue. Here are some tips that may help, starting with how batteries often get drained. The LCD screen takes up the most power. It is possible to turn this feature off unless you really feel the need for it. Using the camera's viewfinder will conserve power. The second cause of power drain is the flash. Whenever you can, use natural lighting to take your photos and turn off the flash. Turn off the flash when you don't need it and save it for a time when you would definitely need this feature. Finally, the third major battery drain source would be the zoom feature. Obviously, it would be more wasteful to keep zooming in and out rather than leaving the zoom steady where it is. Once you find a setting that suits your needs, use it as often as you can to minimize use of zoom. Here are other quick tips to help you make your battery last longer: Always keep Power Saving mode on, and when your camera is not in use, turn it off. If you take photos in cold weather, make sure your camera (and batteries) are kept in a warm place if you aren't using it. You wouldn't want your batteries drained due to the cold. Store batteries in a cool, dry location away from sunlight and other heat sources. Playing back your images may be fun, but you don't have to do it all the time. Try to decide when you take the picture if it is a "keeper" or needs to be deleted and then refrain from reviewing until the pictures are downloaded to your computer. The AC adapter can help as well. Chances are your digital camera would include an adapter that can conveniently be plugged into an outlet. Make sure to remember this when you are near an outlet so you can extend the life of your batteries with your adapter. Needing to buy more or recharge your battery is something you won't be able to avoid completely, but with a few precautions this won't be needed as often.
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