I like the Sanyo Eneloops..
In the U.K. the similar product is Uniross Hybrio.Highly recommended...
And how much/often you use the camera will play a part. There are some pretty high-capacity NiMH cells available that aren't the "hybrid"/Eneloop type, and those would give you more shots per charge if you don't let the camera sit around much. But if you're like me and don't use the camera every day (sometimes I go for a week without taking a picture), the Eneloop or "hybrid" might be better, since they won't lose charge just sitting there anywhere near as quickly as regular NiMH..
I use Rayovac "Hybrid" myself, in my Minolta Z1 (my backup camera)...
As some have stated you have a choice between the nimh type and the low selfdischarge type. the nimh are available to about 2700-2800mah while the lowselfdischarge type are topping out at 2100mah. the nimh are stronger but only if you use them right after a charge if they sit a week and you pickup the camera to shoot you may not have enough power left to take a picture. the lowSD type retain 85% of their power for 1yr after charge..
I have been using nimh 2700mah powerex from maha, just switched to imedion from maha which are lowSD of 2100mah also from maha. thomas distributing is running a sale on the imedions till 2/15/2008. at that price I had to jump. maha also says that their imedions can be charged by any charger maha makes. I bought 4 sets of imedions. try-.
Dont forget 2gb xD for $44, which is TWICE the cost of a 2gb SD!.
Besides it's large zoom, sp570 has nothing to offer..
I would get the Canon S5 IS or the lumix FZ-50 instead...
...was about batteries. The OP's mind is already made up regarding the camera...
A good charger is important to the overall life of your batteries. Get one that individually monitors the batteries and doesn't just feed some set milliamps for a fixed time. I use the LaCrosse BC-900 and am very happy, but there are other good ones out there. It has several charging current selections and as I said monitors each battery for charging time..
AND, I use Eneloops, too..
A good charger is important to the overall life of your batteries.Get one that individually monitors the batteries and doesn't justfeed some set milliamps for a fixed time. I use the LaCrosse BC-900and am very happy, but there are other good ones out there. It hasseveral charging current selections and as I said monitors eachbattery for charging time..
Look for a charger that charges slowly (like overnight) and monitors each cell individually. 4-cell chargers will usually have 4 LED's if they charge each cell individually...
I use the Rayovac 15 minute 2300 mAh NiMH AA batteries and charger. (model PS6) An adaptor is available to use it in your car. Charges the batteries in 15 mins, which is handy. There could be better systems, but this works for me...
Greg Nut wrote:.
Look for a charger that charges slowly (like overnight) and monitorseach cell individually. 4-cell chargers will usually have 4 LED's ifthey charge each cell individually..
It is handy, however, to have a switchable charger that allows you to charge the batteries quickly, if necessary...
Can't see the point for most _enthusiasts_ of the hybrid ones, which seem OK for people who take a couple of dozen pictures a year starting with a few at Christmas and ending with the summer holiday or Guy Fawkes night (5th November for our American cousins)..
The usual well-known and good makes Sony, Panasonic etc work well and hold their charge long enough (experience of AA's suggests two, three or more months unused)..
Get two sets, one of each make to avoid mixing them up, and re-charge the not-in-use set slowly overnight when you see the set in the camera is down to half or a third or whatever suits you..