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Great Value Alternative to Canon Item
on 10 June 2012
Depending where you buy an original Canon battery, this Duracell equivalent is about a half to a third the price, but when we look at its performance, it it good value? I've had my fair share of third party batteries which come up short by comparison.
The Duracell DRC827 (BP-827 equivalent) has a stated 2550mAh capacity. This compares to 2670mAh of the genuine Canon battery.
My battery has a small label stating '2550mAh' stuck over the original printed package which stated 2700mAh, so they've obviously had their knuckles rapped and been forced to revise their figure. I think we can trust that Duracell is not the kind of company which would wilfully misrepresent its products, so the 2550mAh is likely to be accurate.
I've measured running time at 240 minutes (4 hours) when used with my Canon XA10 with the LCD active. The XA10 is a prosumer HD camcorder, with reasonably high power demands. That compares to Canon's stated recording duration of 205-330 mins (typical-max) for the BP-827, which I think shows that the Duracell battery has very decent performance, and close equivalence with the genuine article, which is unusual for third party batteries.
The remaining capacity is displayed, though in my camera it is not entirely accurate. At the start, it sisplayed 295 mins remaining, and this turned out to be 240 minutes, but this is only a 20% error, and for the huge saving in cost, I'm quite prepared to forgive them that.
So in summary, a fantastic bargain, and essentially equivalent performance with the Canon item.