Article ID : 00053211 / Last Modified : 13/04/2017

The battery life seems too short

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First check the following conditions:

  • The battery is compatible and inserted correctly in the camera.
  • You use genuine Sony batteries. Make sure the battery comes from an authorized Sony dealer.
  • Let the battery charge several hours before inserting it in the camera.

Furthermore the use of certain functions can greatly affect the battery life:

  • The ambient temperature is too high or low (below 0°C and over 40°C). Especially in low temperature surroundings the battery performance decreases. This is not a malfunction.
  • Use of the build in flash (if available).
  • Use of the movie recording function (if available).
  • Prolonged playback of files.
  • Frequent insertion/removal of memory card; using cards that have not been formatted over a long period.
  • Transfer of image/movie files from the camera to the PC via USB connection.
    Use of GPS and/or Wi-Fi (if available).

    Also note that:
  • Rechargeable batteries lose some of their capacity over time and repeated charge/discharge cycles. Replace them if necessary.
  • The battery can discharge to some degree even when the camera is not used and it is stored over a longer period.
  • Remove the battery from the camera if the camera is not used for a longer time.