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Old 04-04-2009, 10:27 AM   #11
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I have a new camera now (a nice compact FujiFilm one). It has one of those small lithium rechargeables in it and keeping it in the charger all the time and removing it each time I go out is proving annoying. Since I almost never actually take pictures, I figure the simplest thing to do is set up a Google Calender event that send me reminders to put the battery on the charger every so often. Unfortunately I have little intuition as to how long a good period in between charges is likely to be. Right now I chose a week, bit that feels a little pessimistic. Does anyone have experience with the shelf life of lithium regargeables? In the worst case, I can just check the battery level every so often to determine when it starts to get low and then add a safety margin. Thanks for any info.
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Old 04-04-2009, 11:25 AM   #12
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You can get a 2-pack of the disposables at Wal-mart for under $10. The film lasts for several years. Most phones have a 2 megapixel or greater camera now. If you haven't upgraded your cel in 2 years, you ought to be able to get one for free.
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Old 04-04-2009, 12:08 PM   #13
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I don't need a cellphone and some people have had trouble with film cameras left in a car exposed to heat and cold. That's why I'm just bringing my camera with me. I have always meant to take more photos anyway.
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For the neglected accident camera, instead of rechargable batteries I'd just keep some good quality alkalines in a package.

Lithium-ion batteries in larger applications don't like being constantly topped off; they work best if you discharge them most of the way before recharging. I don't know their charge shelf life.
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Old 04-04-2009, 01:05 PM   #15
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I've realized all I have to do is consider my calendar reminder a "battery check" event, rather than a recharge one. If it ain't low, don't recharge it. I'll just adjust the length based on what I observe over time.

I had a bit of trouble remembering to actually bring my camera with me until I started putting it next to my keys. I could leave it in the car and just remove it in winter as it doesn't get too hot in my garage.
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I know a few personal injury attorneys and they recommend keeping a disposable 35mm camera in your car. Digital photos can be retouched by just about anybody, so they aren't as trustworthy.

On a funnier note, a colleague had somebody with serious road rage behind him the other day. He pulled out his cell phone cam and pointed it at the car. The driver backed off. Great success story of winning by using your brains.

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Digital photos can be retouched but if you take a lot of photos and submit them quickly there really is no disputing it. I happened to have my good camera with me when I got in my accident. I didn't even realize it was in the car until after the crash it was at my feet.

If you take a good quality photo or a photo with a lot of noise you will find it extremely difficult to photoshop any elements and have it come out looking untouched. I took my crash photos at ISO 100 for clarity and 800 for the noise but I didn't need them as it was completely obvious who was at fault on that one.
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Old 04-06-2009, 10:31 AM   #18
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Maybe I'll keep both. I like knowing I got the shots with the digital. If I replace the disposable every year it should help with it going bad.
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Just thought of a good way to make a digital camera's evidence more believable: take a ton of photos. Be hard to Photoshop a large number if you submit them quickly to your insurance company.
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Another way: Use your camera phone to picture messages. Depending where you send them, they may be hosted by the cell phone company and unavailable for you to edit. They will confirm the more detailed hi-res photos you take with your camera.
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