So you are all set to buy a video camera and have been doing your market research on which brand to buy and what the specifications of each brand. You must be checking out what each brand is offering, how much zoom, what it the picture quality, does it offer still photography as well, night shots and many more features. In fact you must be lost in the varieties and bundle of features offered by these people in the market. But do not forget that one of the most important factors in video camera functionality is battery life.
Video camera batteries are in fact one of the most crucial factors in the service life of a camcorder. It is like the backbone of the camcorder without which smooth functionality is difficult. Imagine a scenario where your camcorder is have superb technology with amazing features and power zoom but you can not use it more than half an hour while shooting. This means you need to end up charging it after every half and hour of continuous shoot! Now one can understand why it is important to not only have excellent battery backup but also maintain it properly.
It is true that video camera batteries are often the most neglected component of a camcorder. If they are working well, then no one bothers to think twice about them. Their proper usage and maintenance makes a significant difference towards having longer battery life. In fact for all rechargeable battery operated things like mobiles, cameras, cordless phones, it is important to take care of your batteries for best results. So be careful to pick a camcorder with good battery quality to ensure long term workability of your video camera.
Also, be careful to read instructions before you start using your battery or your camcorder.
Check out if your video camera battery charger comes with an automatic charge switch off. If it does not then first find out what is the maximum number of hours the battery can be charged and then maintain a timer to switch it off personally once the batteries are charged till the certain number of hours. Also, when you have put the batteries for charging, make it a point not to disconnect it and use it again and again before charging is completed. This way the battery life decreases since it gets discharged before getting completely charged.
Storage of these rechargeable batteries is also equally important. Batteries should always be disconnected from the charger or camcorder and then stored separately in a moisture free and metal free place. If these small things are taken care of, then your batteries would always be in good condition and provide excellent service.