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by E.J. Peiker on Mon Aug 12, 2019 8:00 am
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This is a pretty cool announcements, premium batteries for Sony cameras that use the larger NP-FZ100 (a7R3, a7R4, a73, a9).  The batteries are blue tooth connected to your smartphone that allows you to get real battery life, shots remaining, battery health, etc info on your smart phone...
https://photorumors.com/2019/08/11/new-nitecore-nfz100-bluetooth-smart-battery-for-sony-alpha-mirrorless-cameras-that-is-managed-with-a-mobile-app/#more-112484
 

by SantaFeJoe on Thu Aug 15, 2019 1:01 pm
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Another article:

https://www.dpreview.com/news/4366454511/nitecore-announces-worlds-first-smart-battery-for-sony-full-frame-mirrorless-cameras

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by Neilyb on Fri Aug 16, 2019 5:41 am
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I take it the battery connects through the Camera Wifi / BT?
 

by E.J. Peiker on Fri Aug 16, 2019 6:59 am
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Neilyb wrote:
I take it the battery connects through the Camera Wifi / BT?


The petapixel article linked above says Blue Tooth.
 

by SantaFeJoe on Fri Aug 16, 2019 12:24 pm
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You have to use an Android or IOS app. Their instruction manual is very sketchy on details:

https://charger.nitecore.com/Uploads/CHARGERS/download/1565059142.pdf

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by Neilyb on Fri Aug 16, 2019 2:06 pm
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The clue was in the article title :) but the Dpreview article did not mention it. Cheers guys.
 

by DOglesby on Fri Aug 16, 2019 8:31 pm
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Seems interesting. I'm curious on cost and whether it is truly as powerful as the Sony OEM batteries. While it has some neat features I can't see this making a difference for me to be worth buying some new batteries. I could totally see how some people could use it though.
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by SantaFeJoe on Fri Aug 16, 2019 10:08 pm
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DOglesby wrote:
Seems interesting. I'm curious on cost and whether it is truly as powerful as the Sony OEM batteries. While it has some neat features I can't see this making a difference for me to be worth buying some new batteries. I could totally see how some people could use it though.

I haven’t checked on Sony battery cost, but the price seems very reasonable. Price and specs here:

https://www.nitecorestore.com/NITECORE-NFZ100-p/bat-nite-nfz100.htm

Edit: Just checked Adorama. Price for Nitecore is much less and capacity is identical.

Adorama battery

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by E.J. Peiker on Sat Aug 17, 2019 6:40 am
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There will be a minimal amount of charge lost to power the blue tooth but I doubt it would be more than 5-10% of the battery capacity.
 

by archfotos on Sat Aug 17, 2019 12:08 pm
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It may not consume much power but seem like a hassle to need to know where my phone is, turn bluetooth on, open the app, hope bluetooth connects correctly, hopes you can distinguish between any other batteries one may have. 

All my battery powered tools have a series of five green led lights that quickly tell me how much charge is left. Duracell use to make batteries you could hold and it gave a simple charge read-out.  

I personally would much rather have a simple on battery read-out or at least a system that can also be used to locate each battery. 
 

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