Off-brand camera batteries

posted November 6th, 2017
I need an additional battery for my Sony a6000. The Sony battery is $59. There are a number of off-brands that cost half of that. Is this a case of "You get what you pay for" or "You are paying for the name"? I want to be smart in making my decision so I go to the source of much, if not all, wisdom. Your insights and experience will be appreciated.
posted November 6th, 2017
@allie912 My cameras are all Sony's of various models, Allison, from experience some of the cheaper brands won't actually work in your Sony. I think there is some software in the camera which won't let non Sony batteries work. I have seen on other forums that this is to prevent damage to the camera. Now whether that is true or just a sale ruse I don't know. I think spare batteries for mine are £65 over here.
posted November 6th, 2017
I've got an Olympus OMD EM5 - I've got a couple of Olympus batteries but at least 4 'Ex-Pro' batteries. To be honest, I've not done a side by side test but I'd sooner have several spare batteries with me, all charged, and just swap when i need to.
I'm perfectly happy with my Ex Pro batteries
posted November 6th, 2017
Hi Allison. I have this for my A6300 (is same battery as A6000): http://a.co/axZB6vz

A high-profile Sony pro photographer mentioned he had used these before so I gave them a try. For as cheap as they are, they are the only off-brand batteries I own...because quite surprisingly, they do *almost* as well as the original. Generally speaking, when it does come to camera batteries, it does seem that you get what you pay for. But, these are the only exception I've found that challenge the "get what you pay for".
posted November 6th, 2017
I shoot Fuji. I have some off-brand batteries for my little X70 and am really happy with the Wasabi brand they last equally long as the fuji batteries, that said I also have the battery hungry XT2 and have only bought the fuji batteries for it after doing some research on it I found out that the off-brand batteries for the XT2 are inferior to fuji batteries. My advice is that most of the time you do get what you pay for when it comes to batteries, but it might be worth trying the risk on an off camera brand if you have some feedback from others!
posted November 6th, 2017
@dbj_365 @ukandie1 Having 2 testimonials for Wasabi, I went ahead and ordered the 2 pack plus charger for $27 from Amazon. Seems too good to be true, but I figure it is worth a try.
Thanks to all for taking the time to respond.
posted November 7th, 2017
I wanted to buy a second battery for my Canon 70D. A Canon battery was listed at $64.00 at B&H Camera in New York City. They had replacement batteries manufactured by Watson that were listed at $40.00 with a 4.5 star rating. I ordered the Watson and it has been very reliable. Holds a charge as well as if not better than my Canon battery.

Amazon also sells a replacement for the 70D made by SDK that is rated 4.4 stars by customers and sells for $13.99. Having not purchased one of these myself I can't comment on the quality of the SDK li-ion battery. But it is another option if they manufacture for Sony.
posted November 7th, 2017
I got two extra batteries for my D5100 from B&H at a reasonable price and they work just as well as the one that came with the camera.
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