Photosmart M307: HP's Newest is Put to the Testby Stephen Caston on November 27, 2004 12:05 AM EST
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Battery PerformanceOur general method for battery testing is to reset the camera to its default settings and 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.
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During our test, we encountered a strange problem. About 250 shots into the test, the lens and auto-focus system simply refused to work. We couldn't even power the camera down. Thinking that perhaps it was an overheating issue, we removed the batteries and waited approximately 30 minutes before trying again. From this point on, the camera functioned normally. We're not sure exactly what caused the problem as we couldn't replicate the error. Perhaps it was an overheating issue, in which case, you may only encounter it during long continuous shooting sessions. However, it may just have been our particular camera. At any rate, we thought it was important to mention. At 753 shots in a single charge, the M307 provides a fairly impressive battery performance. Also, the benefit of AA powered cameras is that you can buy extra batteries very cheap to have available as backup.