Battery Performance

Our general method for battery testing is to reset the cameras to their default settings. Then, 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. Because only the Olympus had the ability to shoot in raw format (TIFF), we chose to use the highest JPG settings on all 3 cameras. Otherwise, the numbers would not have been comparable because the Olympus would have had a significantly lower number if shooting 15MB files. For the Kodak and Casio cameras, we used 2AA NiMH Power2000 2500mAh batteries charged overnight in a Power2000 wall charger. For the Olympus camera, we used the included LI-10B battery after charging it to capacity. All batteries were fully drained before charging for the test.

   Number of shots taken in one battery charge
Kodak DX4530 1282
Olympus C-50 Zoom 852
Casio QV-R51 1431

We were surprised by the results of our battery test. The Casio outperformed both the Kodak and the Olympus. One thing that is worth noting about the Olympus camera is that because we were forced to use a 256MB card (thanks to the 256MB card-size limitation), we had to format the card twice as often, adding more strain to the battery. Despite this difference, any of these cameras would do fine in one day of heavy shooting. However, the benefit of the Kodak and the Casio is that you can charge extra batteries in advance to bring with you. Keep in mind that for our battery test, we shoot continuously until the battery is dead. Casual shooting, where there are long gaps in between picture taking sessions, will result in shorter battery life than what we were able to achieve.

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  • LX - Friday, July 16, 2004 - link

    A review of digicams on AnandTech is like a review of CPUs on dpreview or a review of motherboards on imaging-resource.

    Choosing digicams for comparison based on their pixel count is like comparing CPUs based on their MHz.

    Please stick to your field of competence!
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  • Mermaidman - Friday, July 16, 2004 - link

    What next? A review of the new and improved ROOMBA robot vacuum? :p Reply
  • reljam - Friday, July 16, 2004 - link

    This review was really below the 'Anandtech standard'. The comments posted above are all valid, but you completely forgot to do indoor tests.

    Cameras (especially small ones) suffer from not being able to produce a sharp image in low light conditions. Taking three shots outdoors, even on a cloudy day is going to give you decent results 90% of the time. If you want to see noise, try taking indoor shots with the flash on. In indoor shots flash range becomes very important (portrait-only flash is unacceptable), and the amount of noise in the background is something that's a very real problem.

    Your testing methodology is roughly like taking a Celeron, a P IV and and AMD64 and running IE page rendering tests - yes, there may be differences, but that's not the distinguishing feature.
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  • nigham - Friday, July 16, 2004 - link

    I think the review was done fairly well - though I am disappointed to say that at the end of it, I'm certainly not going to buy any of these things. All of them sure seem to have a few problems.

    physologically speaking, the best feeling i get after an anandtech article is when i really feel - hey i should actually go ahead and buy this thing... zilch of that here.

    so what you probably need is to review all of these along with some really good cameras (and i'm sure they're out there - having used a DSC-P93 i can say that the picture quality is definitely better than the pics i've seen in this review).

    if price range is your method of choosing "similar" cameras, i'd agree with SKiller and say go ahead and include 3/4 mp cameras if they've got much better quality, alongside the 5 mp ones, and let us make the choice of what we want to pay for. personally i can't for the life of me think what i'd ever do with a 2500x2000 pixel image.

    i think for a first effort in the humanly-priced cameras, this was OK and i'm sure you guys will only keep getting better.
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  • EddNog - Friday, July 16, 2004 - link

    I say screw it and just buy a Canon. ;-P Reply
  • ianmills - Thursday, July 15, 2004 - link

    ahahaha
    :)
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  • WooDaddy - Thursday, July 15, 2004 - link

    This is a TOTAL waste of time. Let me count the ways:

    1) All of the pages were direct testing method rips from dpreview.

    2) THE CAMERAS ALL CAME FROM DIFFERENT YEARS (development cycles)!!! 2002, 2003, 2004?!? COME ON!! If you are going to have a comparision, compare cameras built within the same time frame! Do you think Anand, Wesley or Kris would attempt to do an apples to apples direct comparo on CPUs that were three years apart!?! NO!

    3) WTF is with this conclusion!? THERE IS NO ADDED VALUE TO ALL THAT TESTING YOU DID! If you realized that those cameras weren't similar enough, the review should've stopped. The only difference you could find was price!? All Anandtech readers should feel insulted by that.

    4) What was the basis for choosing these cameras?When CPU or Mobo comparision are done, they are done with products that are marketed to be similar. I didn't see the logic in choosing these three.. as a matter of fact, no reasoning was given at all.


    Lastly, Anand, Kris, or whoever senior editors.. I am disappointed in YOU more so than anyone else. Don't you review the articles posted? Virtually every single article that you've posted in the years have had relevance, structure, in-depth conclusion, value-added information to bring upon very educated purchasing decisions. Two hiccups back to back like this is horrible. You've done research, so research what makes a good digital camera review... NO! Consider your purpose first. Anandtech is not a digital camera review site. That is such a large genre and almost completely separate from IT-based products. It's like going to McDonalds and not only asking and getting a filet mignon, but then expecting it to be as good ...

    To slightly calm down, I don't believe that Anandtech is the appropiate forum for articles like this. I also didn't think the review represented the quality and in-depth nature of the majority of the reviews here. I believe the attempt add digital cameras to the review list is showing that the genre of the website is starting to lose its direction. Anandtech is a IT and consumer level PC product review site, not a general blog, review everything website. Digital cameras have links to this world but are not a subset.
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  • WooDaddy - Thursday, July 15, 2004 - link

    Look...

    ....

    I'm really pissed about this. Let me calm down and post later...
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  • SKiller - Thursday, July 15, 2004 - link

    5mp cameras at this price range are still not a very good option IMHO. They tend to sacrifice quality and features for the added resolution. I think that 3-4mp cameras at this price can give much better results unless you absolutely have to have 5mp.

    I'd consider Canon PowerShot A75, A80, Fujifilm FinePix F601Z, Kodak DX6340, and Samsung Digimax V4 from the "more advanced features" category.

    Good review though.
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