Traditionally, users of digital cameras with proprietary batteries have had to offset the potential battery-life or size advantages they can bring with the added cost of having only one source for extra batteries - their camera's manufacturer. We'd see as very welcome news, then, an announcement from Maha Energy (which sells a wide range of battery and charger products under its PowerEx brand) that it is now offering third-party batteries that can replace proprietary models for a number of cameras. The batteries available are:
For more information on the new batteries, visit the Maha Energy website.
Note from Dave: As you know, I'm a big proponent of packing extra batteries along with you on outings, to the point that I'm earning a bit of a reputation as a "battery geek." ;-) Until now, there haven't been many options available for cameras using proprietary LiIon battery packs, but that's changed with Maha's announcement of four new PowerEx LiIon and LiPolymer batteries, in form factors to fit a lot of the cameras currently using proprietary batteries. See the list above, and watch for me to start integrating mention of these into our reviews. As you can see from the announcement, prices on these are a *lot* below what the manufacturers typically ask for their proprietary versions.