Have you ever been in the trouble of power shortage during shooting a video or taking time-lapse photography? Is it hard to know how much battery power of your fixture left? Are you bothered by the frequent charges on your trip? I believe many of you encounter problems like that. Photographers and videographers tend to have different solutions to supply power for camera, fill light and other devices, such as using original camera battery, collocation of dummy battery and other power system, V-mount battery and more. Each has its own pros and cons according to actual needs. In this article, we will walk you through several power supply plans and try to discuss why V-mount battery is a good choice.
Compared to Original-Brand Battery
For newbies, they are often recommended to buy one more original battery for their photography fixture, to avoid battery shortage. Generally, original battery is not that cost-effective due to the advertisement and brand effect. For example, one piece SONY NP-FZ100 battery at least costs you $78. Besides, original battery is more suitable for taking photos. When it comes to shooting a video, it is troublesome to replace the battery frequently. It interrupts shooting and stops your inspiration. Second of all, the tripod may be moved, which causes more post production. Apparently, carrying all of your fixtures’ spare original battery is not realistic on the journey. Even though manufactures are touting the original battery, smart as you should know there are other choices.
Tips for you: Collocation of Dummy Battery with other Power System
Dummy battery, here we are talking about, doesn’t mean fake and poor quality battery. Actually, dummy battery doesn’t supply power for cameras itself but functions as a converter with other power system, such as NP-F series battery, AC power and high efficiency power bank. Simply put, it is a converter connected to the camera’s external power supply. Collocated with AC power, the dummy battery coupler kit usually costs $20-$30, which includes an adapter, a dummy battery and a cable. One thing you need to pay attention is whether the dummy battery coupler kit is compatible with your cameras. In addition, it’s not convenient for outdoor shootings e.g. outdoor wedding and advertising. On the pros side of things, dummy battery with power system could provide unlimited power to the camera, no need to replace batteries continuously and recharge multiple batteries.
What's V-Mount Battery?
V-mount battery is a kind of professional battery for photography and videography, named after its v-shape mount on the back. Generally speaking, V-mount battery has multiple interfaces e.g. D-tap, USB, B-type, etc., supporting charging different fixtures simultaneously, like DSLR/mirrorless camera, camcorder, fill light, image transmitter, DSLR monitor and smartphone.
Many people may wonder V-mount battery’s life. Let’s take comparison between Sony NP-FZ100 battery(16.4Wh)and MOMAN Power99 (99Wh) battery life. According to Sony’s official figures, NP-FZ100 supports,
- Static image: 530(viewfinder), 670(LCD) (CIPA)
- Actual Motion Shooting: 90mins approx.(viewfinder), 105mins approx. (LCD)(CIPA)
- Continuous Motion Shooting: 160mins approx.(viewfinder), 170mins approx. (LCD)(CIPA)
Why choose Moman Power99 V-mount battery?
For Moman Power99 V-mount battery, it could support shooting about 3,100 photos(viewfinder) or about 4,000 photos(LCD)(CIPA). Surely, it is a simple comparison for you to know how powerful V-mount battery is. Its battery life still depends on the actual application and environment. On the other hand, one of the common concerns is the capacity of the battery that meets aviation requirement. The airline’s rule for lithium-ion batteries is 100Wh. Hence, Moman V-lock battery with D-Tap has the maximum capacity with its ultimate palm size. You don’t have to carry multiple small capacity batteries on you bag, charge them frequently from home to hotel or replace them during the shots.
One thing to note is that V-mount batteries on the market vary in quality. Safety always comes first. Thus, it is better to pay attention to the qualifications of the manufacturer, whether the battery core meets authentic safety standards and whether it has overload protection system before you get a V-mount battery.
All in all, photographers always have different power supply plans for their projects, depending photo/video type, application and shooting environment. Personally, v-mount battery is a cost-effective and reliable choice under many occasions. Highly recommend you give it a try.