Digital cameras are the best way of catching all life’s important moments, offering users an easy and accessible photography experience, with good picture quality (up to 12 megapixel) and video-making ability (including high definition video recording). When compared to 35mm SLR cameras, features such as auto timer, forward and rewind options and enhanced zooming set digital cameras apart as the best photography option for most people.
To get the most out of your digital camera you need a wide range of the best accessories to help maximize the performance of your digital camera. The most important of these is its rechargeable battery, the power supply which allows you to shoot all those great pictures and videos. A durable and powerful battery will allow you longer with the camera between recharges, and help avoid a situation where you’re not able to take the photos you want because your camera has gone dead, which usually happens at the worst possible time - as you're about to take the best picture of your life.
With digital cameras there are essentially two different types of battery used: standard AA rechargeable batteries and integrated rechargeable batteries. In some cases standard AA cells are the norm, although most digital cameras nowadays come with a rechargeable battery integrated. There are upsides and downsides with both types of battery, and depending on the camera in question, either one may be the better option. Disposable AA batteries are mostly used in extreme circumstances (when the main power source has run out, for example) due to their short lifespan and environmental impact; if the rechargeable battery has become discharged, possibly through lack of use, you can substitute in AA batteries (although as previously mentioned this is not ideal). Rechargeable camera batteries, also known as proprietary camera cells, are the more reliable alternative, which can be easy recharged when they have run out of juice and you’re unable to recharge them quickly at a power supply.
Due to their compact size and longer lifespan, rechargeable batteries are inevitably more expensive than disposables, however the environmental and cost savings are significant. Rechargeable batteries are made mostly of Nickel-metal hydride (Ni-MH), an environmentally friendly combination. As the camera will not work without its battery, it is crucial that good care is taken of the battery to ensure it performs to its maximum potential. The battery should be protected from contact with other metal objects, such as coins, which can cause it to short-circuit and discharge. Furthermore, one should make sure to use the correct type of battery and clean in on a regular basis, also removing it from the camera when not in use so that it does not lose its charge during possibly long periods of inactivity (this is one of the most common ways for a rechargeable battery to lose its charge). Rechargeable batteries for digital cameras are available from a wide variety from a range of leading electronics companies, including Samsung, Olympus, Canon, Benq, Casio, Konica, Toshiba, Sony and Panasonic.