Battery Performance

Our general method for battery testing is to reset each camera to its default settings and to change the recording mode to the highest quality option. Then, we take 5 pictures without the flash and 2 pictures with the flash until the battery is dead. For more information on our battery test, please refer to our Testing Procedures page. For this test, we used 2-AA NiMH Power2000 2500mAh batteries charged overnight in a Power2000 wall charger. The batteries were fully drained before charging for the test.

   Number of shots taken in one battery charge
Fuji FinePix A330 1,781
Kodak CX7330 886
Olympus D-540 781

In our battery test, the Fuji A330 showed the best performance by taking 1,781 images on a single battery charge. Both the Kodak CX7330 and Olympus D-540 showed fairly decent performances at 886 and 781 pictures respectively. Since all three of these cameras use AA, you have the benefit of picking up some cheap backup batteries. This means that you shouldn't have to worry about down time with any of these cameras as long as you have two fresh batteries ready to go while you are shooting. However, at 1,781 pictures, the Fuji FinePix A330 is the clear winner here.


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  • Jeff7181 - Friday, December 31, 2004 - link

    Nice article... would have been nice to see it BEFORE the holidays though ;) Reply
  • stephencaston - Friday, December 31, 2004 - link

    #4,

    Unfortunately, when it comes to digital cameras, it is impossible to cover every camera at a specific price point. We had to make choices when picking which cameras to use and ended up choosing three cameras at $150 with very similar features to make the comparisons more relevant.

    I did not mean to imply that this article will determine the best camera at $150. The article was meant to compare these three cameras to each other. I have amended the title accordingly to reflect this.

    We always encourage people to do as much research as possible before buying a camera. There are so many different things to consider when reviewing digital cameras and each review site focuses on different areas.
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  • PrinceGaz - Friday, December 31, 2004 - link

    I'd take the Minolta DiMAGE X31 over any of the cameras reviewed any day; it's a lot more compact than them which is what many people desire when out and about, is reported to give a good picture for it's price and size, has lots of features, and at $150 is just as cheap as them. My DiMAGE X20 is a lovely little camera that does everything you could ask of it, and from what I've read the X31 makes a good thing better.

    I will reiterate a point I made when digicam reviews first appeared on AT, which is that unless you can review *every* model in depth to find which is the best in that category, then you are doing a dis-service to your readers by potentially not even looking at what might be the best camera in that range.

    Specialist digicam websites review all cameras so that they can give an informed opinion on any new models, even if that means buying one themselves like AT might do for a computer product that free review samples weren't available for. What AT is doing with digicam reviews is just picking two or three models out of the many available and saying one of them is the best, when better ones you didn't even look at are available. AT does excellent reviews of computer components, but I'm afraid you'd have to be a fool to only use your recommendations when buying a digicam.
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  • orenb - Friday, December 31, 2004 - link

    The best digital camera at this price point is the Ricoh Caplio RX. 28-100mm zoom. Metal body. Almost no shutter lag. These three don't even come close.

    Prog.
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  • Joony - Friday, December 31, 2004 - link

    The Canon A400 should be in this review... Reply
  • cosmotic - Thursday, December 30, 2004 - link

    Again, Kodak EasyShare is turned into an ad link and blends into the background of the table cell. Reply

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