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#1 Notabot

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Posted 17 May 2016 - 02:57 PM

I just received a solar panel, and they can power the camera directly. In my opinion, it's a game changer for landscape photography :).


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Posted 18 May 2016 - 04:02 AM

Interesting !

Does it plug into the USB or does it attach to the battery compartment ?



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Posted 18 May 2016 - 11:49 AM

How big is it?

 

With my Monty Python eye I can see people with a small mirrorless camera attached to a huge solar panel array on a separate stand.  :P


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Posted 18 May 2016 - 12:43 PM

I would be leery unless this solar panel came with some type of power conditioner.


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Posted 18 May 2016 - 01:04 PM

Nice image Peter :)



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Posted 19 May 2016 - 05:45 AM

Two or three batterys in your pocket makes a lot more sense.
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Posted 19 May 2016 - 03:12 PM

The Sony batteries are pretty bad. http://photochirp.co...ar-list-update/ It doesn't really give a good idea of the size; I'll take some more photographs soon. It is pretty small though, and the 7.5 watt model (that's enough to charge two batteries at once), weighs about 200 grams.

 

dking1981, solar panels just have to regulate it to 5 volts (slightly over), most solar panels are about 6 volts, so the loss isn't terrible, but the camera then ups the voltage again. From a purist point of view, it (any USB device; not specifically a solar panel) could be a bit better, however, USB has become a standard and I'd rather some inefficiency with a few products than a million different plugs, chargers and voltage requirements.



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Posted 28 May 2016 - 02:34 PM

Two or three batterys in your pocket makes a lot more sense.

 

Definitely. But were I someone like Matt Granger I'd probably invest in a portable solar panel to cover those times when I'm far away from reliable power.



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Posted 29 May 2016 - 04:22 AM

Matt Granger is completely pissed at Sony for their crappy service so won't be using Sony for critical jobs any more....
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Posted 19 July 2016 - 08:33 AM

I experienced something similar to him with Canon's customer service after I received my second faulty 5dmk3. Advising them that I was willing to sue them seemed to speed up the customer care service.

 

In regards to this thread, the solar panel works considerably better than a bunch of batteries. For some people, it's not an option to charge 15 batteries on a weekend. I've uploaded some photos if anyone is interested.






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