It should be wise to get original batteries as there will be a sense of assurance
that it will not fail or explode.Third party batteries may not be up to the original
manufacturing standard...slip slop kinda of manufacturing by 3rd parties.Agree
it is cheaper but performance wise doubtful.
Since one has already invested on the camera why not pay little
more to have a peace of mind. I certainly would.
So it is not ethical for them to design a camera that will only use their own battery but it will be ethical for the consumers to use a third party battery that screws up the camera then pop in the original battery that came with the camera and go make a warranty claim?
Come on, manufacturers are only protecting their own interests and this should be also in your interest as a salesperson.
Unless you are bemoaning the loss of the higher margin that the third party battery gives you.
Sooner or later, 3rd party manufacturing would come out that able to read the chips. It is easy, just need some time for them to invent.
I am stuck in an expensive hobby, but yet not willing to save myself
I have sold cameras sold batteries for them for quite some time.
I have never ... NEVER ... had any one with a fault of their camera due to 3rd party batteries.
I do NOT bemoan the difference of a few dollars in profit (I am not that tight a person) ... But I do bemoan having to tell someone that their backup battery can cost up to 1/3rd the price of their $299 camera
I make money if I sell them an original battery or a if I sell them a 3rd party one
I only would like that they are given the option of choice !!!
Can you tell me that original batteries (those supplied with a machine) have never failed and caused damage
Didn't Sony have a problem some time back with a laptop
I have used Inca (3rd party) batteries for my DSLR's for years and have never had a problem.
Oh yes, I also remember Nikon doing a re-call of THEIR batteries for some issued with the D70 some years ago !
The way I see it, as a person that sells cameras for a living (and enjoys providing one to suit the customers needs), I will be offering an alternative brand first and there are many good ones to show and let my customers try out before getting to Panasonic.
P.S. Which ever way you choose to look at this (believe that I am for the customer having a good camera package) or (not) is up to you.... I just don't like my customers to be RIPPED OFF by a manufacturer.
Time, is an effortless construction :)
As for the panny batt issue, if the other brands are going to follow suit...it wont be good news. Since nowadays most original batts don't last either.
I bought third party bty (I think for a Canon digicam) from a sim lim sq shop.
It was so horrible that I threw it away after using for a while. Not that cheap either.
Use original bty for digital cameras. There is significant difference in quality.
Last edited by ricohflex; 6th November 2009 at 06:45 AM.
Many times this is a marketing strategy.
Not unlike game consoles like xbox(pick your flavour), ps(1-2-3 etc) etc, sold at a loss (production+distribution cost) but they try to recoup from game sales.
btw i choose to use original batteries for my camera
and i am an apple user as well
I think it's perfectly normal... In fact, sometimes i rather all manufacturers have this sort of safeguard so that i won't be tempted to use a third party battery... U should know that using 3rd party battery may void your warranty if anything happens.
Yes, my personal experience with these cameras is, if your warranty is fxxed, you might as well throw away the camera. Had a Fuji compact that costs more to repair than buy new one. My Panasonic G1 kit lens had speck inside lens (dunno how the fxx it got in there also, kept in drybox and i'm very careful when changing lens) but i misplaced my warranty/receipt and they don't have the support to do it locally so have to send back to Japan. Quoted me $300-500 repair. I fxx-ed the guy up; I can get brand new kit lens for less than that. Only after I asked him for official letter reply, he spoke to his manager and waived it off this time only.
Firstly may I say that if a person chooses to use original batteries for what ever reason, I see no problem with that.
Secondly may I tell you the method of how we handle a camera that has a fault within the warranty period ?
1) We take out the battery and memory card; put our own ones in and test the camera.
2) If there is still a problem (obviously it wasn't the card or battery). we remove the wrist strap, the battery, the card and send it away for repair.
That is it.
There is no , "we won't repair this because they used a 3rd party item".
We have always worked this way and have never had a problem with it.
We only stock Inca 3rd party batteries and never have had a problem with them.
I have them in 2 of my DSLR's for over 3 years.
As for price/profit ..... an original that sells for $79 to $99 (depending on which one), we sell an Inca one for $39 to $49 respectivly ( some lower).
We could add another $10 to $20 to the price and people would still see a saving, but we don't work that way.
As I say," your choice of battery is your own for what ever reason", but I believe it is wrong to take away that choice.
Cheers all and thank you for your views on this subject
Time, is an effortless construction :)
The solution is painfully obvious... buy cameras that use AA batteries.
Mobile phone is coming with a standard charger... maybe camera maker should do likewise and use a standard battery. Have a standard for all!