Canon BP-828 Battery Pack Review
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I've had great luck with 'after market' batteries for my Canon cameras in the past-much cheaper, and long-lasting. However, when I tried using one with the new XA30 the camera would not accept it. It actually showed up on the screen and then automatically shut off. I've been told one can use a separate charger and then the camera will operate with the battery, but possibly without showing battery data. I suppose it is also possible that Canon came up with a way to make their batteries exclusive to the newer cameras, but I decided it wasn't worth messing with and ordered their battery. I have found that it most definitely does not last as long as the after market batteries, in the same conditions unfortunately. Figures. If you're going to charge an exorbitant amount for your own battery, the least you could do is produce one that competes or exceeds those made by other companies!
Pros: Charges fine, works fine.
Cons: Does not last as long as after market equivalents.