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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  • akaristos2 - Tuesday, February 08, 2005 - link

    Any sources in Europe where it could be had for 129 euros? Much appreciated a reply. Thanks Reply
  • akaristos2 - Tuesday, February 08, 2005 - link

    Where can I gt a Ricoh Caplio RX and at what price point. Thanks for a reply. Reply
  • cryptonomicon - Wednesday, January 05, 2005 - link

    the a340 will probably enter the price point soon too, i got it for $161 at ritz's / wolf's. Reply
  • tmim16 - Monday, January 03, 2005 - link

    I got the Fuji A330 for my wife back in May for her birthday not knowing that much about it, but man were we impressed! I got it as a mother's day newegg special for $180 including a 128MB xd card.

    Even though I'm not in the market for another camera, I would have liked to see a couple more compared.
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  • orenb - Monday, January 03, 2005 - link

    Zepper, the Ricoh Caplio RX can be had for €129 in Europe, which is not that far off $150.

    As for not having it in the US, well, that's a bummer. Having to settle for plastic toys that take almost a whole second to actually shoot sucks, especially when one has to pay roughly the same price as the RX.

    Both Ricoh and American residents are losing big time from this, the former loses a huge market, the latter loses some really cool and innovative cameras, but since Ricoh can't handle the demand in Europe (at least in the UK and Germany they can't), I bet they have a good reason to wait with a US launch.
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  • unclebud - Monday, January 03, 2005 - link

    "Nice article... would have been nice to see it BEFORE the holidays though ;) "
    what i was thinking (although i have 6 or 7 digicams and ain't gone buy another one for more than a hundred)
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  • Zepper - Monday, January 03, 2005 - link

    Almost no Ricoh product is available in the USA as Ricoh has chosen not to compete here in the consumer market (perhaps you weren't aware that AT was an American web site). I guess it's not too hard to get their copiers here though.
    . Not to mention that the price of the few Caplio RXs I've found such as on eBay is about twice that of the units under test - apples and oranges...
    .bh.
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  • spug1 - Sunday, January 02, 2005 - link

    ...geez everyone!! Get off their back. It would be an impossible job to do all of the cameras at this price point! Kodak, fuji and olympus are big names, which people will often go to straight away....so its allowing the customer to make an educated choice on popular brands. I sell a large range of cameras at my shop, and I most always recomend the a330. Its a beautiful little camera, and IMO the best bang 4 buck at this price!! Reply
  • Souka - Sunday, January 02, 2005 - link

    Title should be "Three $150 digi-cams compared"

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  • Z80 - Saturday, January 01, 2005 - link

    I'm on my third Fuji digital camera and they have all been great performers! They all still work too! The latest model I purchased last year just before Christmas was the FinePix S5000 with 10x optical zoom. I've found that the xD-Picture Card memory helps lengthen battery life to where I can shoot well over 100 photos without recharging the batteries. Also, the Fuji cameras all appear to have better jpeg compression that other cameras because my photo files at 3.1 or 4.2 Megapixel take less space than other cameras. When my family got together and compared photos after our Christmas party last weekend, my Fuji consistently took better photos than the other cameras. Even the Canon Digital Rebel that my nephew didn't really know how to use. Reply

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