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August 19, 2005

A Little Metal

All these months later, I have but one thing to complain about regarding my Canon Digital Rebel.

And it's not even part of the camera itself.

It's the battery charger.

For whatever crazy reason, Canon decided not to build a weight into the base. The end result is that the power cord is heavier than the entire charger, making the darn thing have a propensity to fly off wherever it's sitting until you put a battery in it.

On the one hand, the light weight makes it easy to just leave the thing in my camera bag and forget about it. Not that weight in a camera bag has ever stopped me before, really... I'd still carry it with me if it was a couple pounds.

On the other hand, it means I can't just leave the charger plugged in and waiting when I plan on shooting a lot. I suppose I could, but who knows how many pieces it would be in when I came back.

The other annoyance with the charger is that there's no indication the battery's actually done. The charger that comes with even the cheapest Canon PowerShots changes to green when the battery's charged to 100%. The Drebel charger light stops blinking as it nears the end of charging, at which point you're supposed to let it charge for another hour to have an actual 100% charge. If you're not babysitting the charger, you have no clue when the light went solid and how long it's been charging since.

Granted, the batteries last forever as long as you're not doing flash photography, but it's an annoyance that crops up whenever it's time for more juice.

Posted by Colin at August 19, 2005 1:57 PM

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One of the departments in my office recently purchased two of the new DRebels. The battery and charger are much smaller than the 300D's - quite similar in size to the Powershot S30's. The camera itself is so sexy, and it took everything I had to not walk away with it. But yes, the 300D's charger has also given me fits. Grr.

Posted by: Trinity [TypeKey Profile Page] at August 23, 2005 5:53 PM

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