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    Default canon or not canon..........

    I am looking to buy some replacement batteries for my canon XM2. I want the BP 945 high capacity ones. The canon's own are £99 ish, while the generic ones are £15-30.

    What type of batteries do all you pros use? Generic or 'proper' ones. I understand that with the generic ones the amount of times they can be recharged is probably a lot less than proper ones, but they do come with a 2 years guarantee. Saying that, I don't want a battery to let me down mid filming, that would be a disaster!!!

    Pleeeease, give me some advice (again)!

    Thanks

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    The generic batteries I have last just as long or longer than the branded ones. I wouldnt be concerned.

    Just curious - who told you they were likely to be worse ?

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    Really? Phew. Thats some cash saved then. So these should be OK? :

    CANON BP-945/ CANON/ Camcorder Batteries/ Categories/ Digi-Quick.co.uk - Digi-Quick

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    branded batteries are usually over priced due to their brand name making a appearance and lack of knowledge from the consumer assuming brand names are generally better.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Melvyn View Post
    branded batteries are usually over priced due to their brand name making a appearance and lack of knowledge from the consumer assuming brand names are generally better.
    And mendacious shop workers....

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    haha very correct!

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    Most professionals use "branded" batteres from reputable firms. However that's because they get abused, top-up charged when half-empty, used every day and in all sorts of conditions. However, for private gear it's another matter...

    I've been using some generic batteries bought from Ebay in my Canon for a few months now and don't notice any difference. It may be that they only last for two hundred charges instead of four hundred, so what? That's still two hundred tapes!

    I would say, in this case, go for the cheap copies.

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    I ahve a no name battery on my pc4 that is used full to flat at least once a week and it still gives me 5 hours - probably 200 to 300 cycles.

    It's best to be on the safeside tho as I have had a bat pack suddnely die on me ( a light battery ) so I wlays take a few out with me.

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