Sony NPFZ100.CE Z Series Rechargeable Battery Pack - Black
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One of the biggest criticisms of early Sony mirrorless cameras was the fact the NP-FW50 battery did not have enough capacity for professional wedding photographers and videographers. I remember the early days when we filmed weddings using the Sony A6300 & A6500's. We would literally carry a bag full of NP-FW50 batteries and constantly be stressing over which camera needed to have a new battery soon. Battery life was massively improved when Sony released the A9 with the new NP-FZ100. Since then this has become the new battery for all modern Sony mirrorless cameras. One option I just thought of is to use the original Sony battery you got with the camera and have one PowerExtra as the second battery. That could be a happy compromise if you really want to save money. For Wedding Videographers
As I have mentioned though, our desire for longer battery life outweighs the extra cost we need to spend on the Sony batteries. Yes it means we have to pay a bit more but the extra latitude that affords us is worth it in our opinion. It has been confirmed that when attached and used with the camera, counterfeit batteries can lead to issues such as: This change of mind return policy is in addition to, and does not affect your rights under the Australian Consumer Law including any rights you may have in respect of faulty items. To return faulty items see our Returning Faulty Items policy.Also, it has been confirmed that counterfeits with a decreased battery capacity compared to the genuine batteries are being distributed to the market. The use of counterfeit batteries implies a fire or explosion hazard. This change of mind return policy is in addition to, and does not affect your rights under the Australian Consumer Law including any rights you may have in respect of faulty items. The Powerextra batteries perform adequately. But is 'OK' good enough for you when you are working in a high pressure environment such as a wedding?
Using the Powerextra, I would clearly have to swap batteries earlier. I'd be nervously looking at the meter and fretting during groups and couples portraits about the remaining capacity. Over the course of a wedding day, videographers would need to carry less batteries, charge less and swap less if using genuine Sony batteries. I think it is clear that the original Sony battery is without a doubt superior. Which is as it should be given it does cost 2x more than the Powerextra.My wife has already said she won't be using the Powerextra's for that reason. We'd much rather just pay more and have longer battery life. For a full day of filming, we used to average out at going through three NP-FZ100's per Sony A7iii. With 25% less power per battery, we'd have to now use 4 batteries. An extra change on paper. But the shorter the battery life is, the more I would be stressing about the time to change. It is probably easier for us wedding photographers to swap out batteries. With a new battery, I could usually eek out a Sony NP-FZ100 battery until just before first dance. Where i'd probably be hovering around 6-7%. That would probably see me through the first dance until I left if I wanted to really push it. But is too close for comfort for me at a real wedding. So I have gotten used to putting in a fresh battery during the wedding breakfast when everyone is eating. It just saves me time later in the day and removes the risk of me getting caught out when I'm trying to capture the perfect moment between the bride and groom!
Ultimately I think what it boils down to is how much are you willing to spend to save swapping batteries? Clearly the Sony is the superior battery here. So if you want to have minimum battery changes, the least amount of batteries to charge before a wedding then your choice is clear. On the other hand, if you want to save money and don't mind changing batteries more often, then the Powerextra batteries might suit your needs and offer you value for money. Having grown up in Yorkshire, I always have the urge to save money! Sometimes I have to remind myself of the adage, "Buy Cheap, Buy Twice!" and "You get what you pay for."