The next generation battery for Sony mirrorless cameras is known to be better and more reliable. The NP-FZ100 battery is a major upgrade from the NP-FZ50 model. Most photographers and videographers will no longer need to carry half a dozen batteries in their bag anymore. The only unfortunate part is that the NP-FZ100 costs about $120 and there are not many third party brand options on the market yet. I did some research when I was waiting for my A7III to be delivered and only found options north of $100… There are now a few more options on the market and the prices are slowly going down, but I needed a more affordable option now. I came across one photographer who uses power banks instead of batteries. It looked like I could get more power for way less money, so I decided to invest in this setup and let me tell you- I don’t regret it!
First, let me run you through what you need and the cost for the whole setup. I purchased a Anker PowerCore 13 000 battery for $41.99 (CDN), a Andoer A7III dummy battery $51.99 (CDN), a SmallRig Switching Plate 1598 $10.99 (CDN), a cold shoe mount $4 (CDN), and some velcro $7 (CDN). The whole setup cost me $116 (CDN)- $4 cheaper than a new Sony NP-FZ100! The kicker is the Anker PowerCore 13 000 provides me with 13 000 mAh of power compare to the NP-FZ100 – 2280 mAh. So that’s about 5 times the power for more or less the same price!
The video shows how to setup it up and what it looks like once mounted on my SmallRig A7III cage. I will say that I don’t even notice the battery pack and I can film for a few hours worry free. I usually use this setup for video or gigs that don’t require me to be mobile a whole lot. I work with the the normal battery when I shoot outside. The best part is that I can recharge my NP-FZ100 battery a few times via USB to the camera with the Anker PowerCore 13 000 if I don’t use it to directly power with the dummy battery. I did a few overnight gigs where I didn’t have access to power and the Anker power bank was enough to keep my A7III and Feelworld F6 monitor going the entire trip.
I highly suggest you look into this affordable setup as it might save you from running out of power at an unfortunate time.