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Ansmann A-Pan CGA S006

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      03.10.2008 00:25
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      Good Only As An Occasional Spare.

      This digital camera battery is designed as a replacement to the CGA-S006, a battery widely used by Panasonic cameras (including my own FZ50). Now anybody who has ever looked into the cost of an original battery (that is one manufactured by Panasonic themselves) will know they are rather expensive, and these third-party replacements are available for a fraction of the cost. So the question is are they worth it.

      I spend a lot of time traveling to places where I'm not in easy reach of a power point to recharge my battery, so I thought it would be sensible to invest in a spare one. And naturally I wasn't going to pay a small fortune for an original, when I could get this one, that's got a slightly higher mAh and voltage and costs less than twenty pounds. But to be honest I'm rather disappointed with this battery. The first thing I noticed, which I thought was strange was that the time it takes to charge the battery is so much longer. With the charger it normally takes around ninety minutes to charge my original battery (the charger switches off when it detects the battery is full.) This replacement one however takes just on three hours (three times longer for a slighter higher rating?). OK, so that may not really be a problem, but you would expect the battery to last as long, if not longer than the original. Sadly it's performance is well less. I've had my camera for more than a year and with the original battery you can take roughly 300 JPEGS which is actually quite good. However this replacement last for only around 200 photos if not slightly less. Finally it's rare but every now and again with this replacement I get an error message on the camera, which I can only fix by switching it off and removing and reinserting the battery.

      That's the bad, now for the good. As I've already mentioned the price of these batteries are a fraction of the original, so they are really good value. Granted there are a few problems with it, but nothing is perfect. Maybe three stars is too generous considering, but I will only be using this battery as an occasional spare so yes, I'm disappointed but believe it or not I'm happy enough with it as it has already came in handy. If you've lost or damaged your original battery and want one just to replace it then I would actually recommend that you spend the extra money and get the 'real' one. But if it's a spare you're after and you're willing to put up with the problems then I guess that this replacement will do you fine.

      (I'm a reviewer on Amazon, and some my 'better' reviews are copied from there to dooyoo. Please feel free to check out my Amazon profile under my real name of Mr Andrew M Kerr.)

      Thanks for reading.


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