Re: Clarification of AA battery use with E-3 HLD-4 grip
I've updated this article with this appendix:
The E-3 v.1.1 firmware update 'Increased the number of storable still pictures by improving the battery check when the Power Battery Holder HLD-4 is attached.' Personally, I didn't see a great benefit. In the v.1.3 firmware update released in February, Olympus said it 'Enhanced the accuracy of the battery check when using the Power Battery Holder HLD-4.' Well, I've just had a chance to try out a set of alkaline AAs and a freshly charged set of AA NiMH batteries in the HLD-4 power grip on both an E-3, with v.1.3 firmware, and on an E-30 body. The disappointing news is that I don't really see any evidence that things have improved on the E-3. This is all the more frustrating as alkalines, at least, work fine on the E-30, though NiMH rechargeables remain of limited use as the battery flat indicator quickly kicks in. My advice is, if you really need to use AAs with an HLD-4 on an E-3, it's for absolute emergencies only. You should switch off the LCD screen and avoid using live view. Advanced technology AAs, like Panasonic Oxyride, are the best to choose.