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Sony RX100 VII Battery Life & How To Improve It

RX100 VII is a high-end point-and-shoot camera from Sony’s known lineup, the RX100.

While people think that smartphones marked the death of the point-n-shoots, even a flagship smartphone from Apple or Samsung doesn’t hold a candle to the RX100 VII.

This is a compact and lightweight camera that can easily fit in your pocket.

It has a 20.1-megapixel CMOS sensor that gathers way more light than the tiny sensor on your smartphone. What’s more, it can shoot 4k content at 30 fps.

There’s also the pop-up electronic viewfinder that makes this camera ideal for vloggers.

We are aware of the battery life in our smartphones, but let’s find out how the battery life of the Sony RX100 VII holds.

Sony RX100 VII Battery Life:

Battery Life is on the mediocre side, something you would expect from a compact camera, especially a point-and-shoot one.

It is rated to take you through 260 shots of stills and 40 minutes of continuous recording at 4k.

This mainly depends on how you use the camera, and what is running in the background, we are aware of the outside factors and how they affect the battery life (more on this later).

What Type of Battery Does Sony RX100 VII Use?

The Sony RX100 VII is powered by a Sony NP-BX1 battery cell, which is a rechargeable Lithium-Ion battery pack. Lithium-Ion batteries deliver a high power density and low self-discharge and nowadays you will find it in many devices.

The NP-BX1 works at a voltage of 3.6V and has a capacity of 1240mAh.

While 260 shots are understandable for a point-n-shoot, you still should carry some extras with you, you never know what might happen.

If you buy extras, I would highly suggest buying them officially from Sony since Sony really dislikes the third-party batteries from other brands, it even alerts and encourage not buying them, because they might seriously damage your camera.

How to Get More Than 260 Shots From Your Sony RX100 VII:

In order to prolong the battery life of your camera in general and not just for Sony RX100 VII, you need to follow some steps.

It is guaranteed that if you follow those steps you will get more than 260 shots, I can’t tell the exact number, but there sure will be changes:

Lower the brightness: Make sure you lower the brightness of your LCD screen, Sony usually offers a Manual screen setting, where it lets you edit the screen brightness.

Connectivity: Make sure you turn off anything like Wi-Fi or Bluetooth and use them only when you need to transfer your files.

Batteries Out: A lot of Pros “abuse” this one, they tend to take the batteries off the camera, when they are not using it and it sure does work, for obvious reasons.

Flash: Make sure you use the camera flash only if you need it and there’s not enough light on the background you are working with, flash is known to take a huge toll on your battery life.

Final Words:

I can’t lie smartphones sure gave the point-n-shoot cameras a hard blow, some old point-n-shoot can’t even compete.

But some new flagships, like the RX100 VII, totally destroy the camera and the quality you find in a smartphone.

For example, if you are a vlogger, you would opt for the RX100 and not your smartphone, why is that?

Everything, from the quality and how much light it lets get in the sensor to the great video capabilities.

This is it, hopefully, you got some information out of this article.

Until next time,

Enjoy!

Taras Golubov