MH-65 Battery Charger
What are Nikon thinking?
I too have recently bought the Nikon Coolpix 310 even though the in-camera charging option supplied with the box is ridiculously impractical. However, my rationale was that I could buy the external MH-65 charger, which I erroneously believed would function similar to many other camera chargers, i.e. plug directly into the wall. What was Nikon thinking? Any advantage of spending a lot of money on a small advanced camera is completely nullified by having to buy a charger and separate cord package that required an extra suitcase when traveling. I exaggerate of course, but the size and weight of the thing is ludicrous. I am taking the camera back and sticking with the much superior Canon S series camera (and charger!) that I have used previously.
May 15, 2012
Surprise burmese python size cord!
Not pictured, there is a tremendous cord the size of a full grown python that you get to stuff in all your TINY CASES FOR YOUR LIGHT TRAVEL. Who needs convenience?? That's for the weak. No, you get to carry extra stuff around. Packing light is just dumb.
Then I did see the one with the USB port that attaches in the wall and charges the battery in the camera. Great for when you want to charge your extra battery and still go take pictures... Oh wait.... No it's not.
I love the camera, wondering why people who make waterproof cameras, can't make a more convenient travel friendly wall charger that charges the battery outside the camera? I must be expecting way too much.
February 22, 2012
Too heavy and bulky. Charger and a ridiculous cord.
I may return this camera just because of the charger. I came from a Panasonic lumix. The charger has the plug built into it. No cord. Just what I dont want when packing light is Nikon's setup. Not shown in pics.
February 15, 2012
Why two chargers? Combine them.
Nikon provides two different battery chargers for the S8200, which are opposite in almost every respect. The EH-69P, which comes with the camera, charges the battery inside the camera using the USB cable. It plugs directly into the AC outlet, which means no separate power cord to pack around and/or lose. The MH-65, has a cradle to charge the battery outside the camera, but it has a separate power cord (does not plug directly into the AC outlet).
I suppose Nikon is trying to satisfy different needs, but why can’t they combine these into one universal adapter? Here are the specs, more or less in order of importance.
1. Charge a battery outside the camera, like the MH65. This is critical for those who use multiple batteries.
2. Plugs directly into the outlet, like the EH69P. This eliminates the need for a separate power cord. To make this more usable, have the plug flip out from the edge, instead of the back.
3. Charge the battery inside the camera, like the EH89P. Ideally, it could do both at the same time. This requires a cable, but if it’s the USB cable, it’s not an extra cable. If I don’t need this feature, I can leave that cable home.
4. Has a separate power cable to the AC outlet for cases where there is not enough space to plug the adapter directly into the outlet. If I don’t need this capability, I can leave the power cable home.
Oh, and if you use the search box on this site to locate these products, be sure to spell them EXACTLY. The site is not smart enough to find "mh65". You must type "mh-65".
January 9, 2012