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SonyNP-FW50 Lithium-Ion Rechargeable Battery (1020mAh)
 
4.6

(based on 223 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (154)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (58)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (9)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (0)

98%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Reliable (123)
  • Easy to install (103)
  • Solid construction (101)
  • Fast charge (92)
  • Long-lasting (68)

Cons

  • Slow recharge (36)
  • Loses charge quickly (12)
  • Short life (6)
  • Pricey (5)
  • Cost (4)

Best Uses

  • Digital photography (93)
  • Back-up (87)
  • Travel (84)
  • Photography (44)
  • Portrait photography (25)
    • Primary use:
    • Personal (4)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Photo enthusiast (79), Casual photographer (32), Semi-pro photographer (32), Pro photographer (20), Tech savvy (18)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (190), Yes (9)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

If you own an NEX, you need extra JUICE!

Being an battery, there isn't a whole lot to say about it. The thing is, if you own a Sony NEX 5, you really need to carry at least one extra battery. ...Read complete review

Being an battery, there isn't a whole lot to say about it. The thing is, if you own a Sony NEX 5, you really need to carry at least one extra battery. These cameras eat electricity the way an Olds 98 went through gas. This isn't necessarily a function of the battey, but more of the camera. The LCD display and the menu jumping consume a lot of power. Another charging unit would be useful as well, to carry in the bag.

The LCD protector kit is also a must-have. For the price, you can't go wrong. Sony is suppossed to be coming out with an adaptor that snaps on the back of the camera, but until they arrive on these shores, this is a good, cheap alternative.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

NOT the same as original - now 1020mAh

I bought this item as a spare with my Sony a7 earlier this year (Jan 2014). It was identical to the battery that came with my camera. Made in Japan, the label...Read complete review

I bought this item as a spare with my Sony a7 earlier this year (Jan 2014). It was identical to the battery that came with my camera. Made in Japan, the label on the battery says that it is "min 1020mAh" and "typ 1080mAh". Regardless, the a7 sucks the power out of these batteries in no-time. If you're shooting all day, you'll probably need at least two fully charged batteries to get through it.Last week (Jul 2014), I bought 5 more batteries using the same B&H part number as before, SONPFW50. The new batteries are different than the originals. They are noticeably lighter in weight and the back says they are rated at 1020mAh. No mention of 1080mAh. And they are made in China, not Japan. I am concerned that they will not maintain a charge as long as the original batteries I bought 6 months ago.I'm disappointed that Sony and B&H have substituted an obviously cheaper product for the same-priced original batteries that I bought earlier this year. At minimum, I think the part number and description should have been updated to reflect the difference.

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5.0

Would not hesitate to purchase again

By WaneR

from Midwest

About Me Photo Enthusiast

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Fast Recharge
  • Long-Lasting
  • Reliable

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Back Up
    • Travel

    Comments about Sony NP-FW50 Lithium-Ion Rechargeable Battery (1020mAh):

    Same as Sony OEM replacement battery that came with camera. Works as it should.

    • Was this a gift?:
    • No

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    4.0

    Purchased as a spare for Sony A6000

    By mighty689

    from Los Angeles, CA

    About Me Casual Photographer

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Easy to Install
    • Reliable
    • Solid Construction

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Back Up
      • Photography

      Comments about Sony NP-FW50 Lithium-Ion Rechargeable Battery (1020mAh):

      I always like having a spare battery for my camera for long days/trips/adventures.

      I don't think the battery life of these batteries are that great, but I haven't used them for a long enough period of time for a solid verdict yet. I would say that on my first uses it didn't last nearly as long as I would have liked.

      I was deciding between the original SONY battery here and those batteries made by third parties. The third party batteries were a lot cheaper and rated well, but I decided not to skimp on such an important accessory for an expensive camera.

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      • No

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      5.0

      Sony stock product at a discount price!

      By Bob

      from Belen, NM

      About Me Casual Photographer

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Reliable

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Back Up

        Comments about Sony NP-FW50 Lithium-Ion Rechargeable Battery (1020mAh):

        I got this Sony battery at reduced price and got it quickly.

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        • No

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        4.0

        A second battery is a must!

        By FJCRUZER

        from Simi Valley, CA

        About Me Photo Enthusiast

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Easy to Install
        • Fast Recharge
        • Long-Lasting
        • Reliable
        • Solid Construction

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Back Up

          Comments about Sony NP-FW50 Lithium-Ion Rechargeable Battery (1020mAh):

          After I purchased the extended hand grip for my Sony a7, getting this second battery was a must. This battery fits precisely for my new hand grip and having a second battery assures me I won't run out of juice!

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          • No

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          4.0

          Good

          By Curmudgeon

          from Richmond Hill, Ontario

          About Me Photo Enthusiast

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Easy to Install

          Cons

          • Loses Charge Quickly

          Best Uses

          • Digital Photography

          Comments about Sony NP-FW50 Lithium-Ion Rechargeable Battery (1020mAh):

          All cameras that require this battery should come with an extra one and a charger because they need to be charged every day.

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          • No

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          5.0

          Works great

          By Havnfn

          from Oklahoma

          Comments about Sony NP-FW50 Lithium-Ion Rechargeable Battery (1020mAh):

          Meets expectations

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          4.0

          You'll need a lot of them

          By Cole

          from Portland, OR

          About Me Semi-pro Photographer

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Easy to Install
          • Reliable
          • Solid Construction

          Cons

          • Loses Charge Quickly
          • Slow Recharge

          Best Uses

          • Back Up
          • Digital Photography
          • Photography
          • Portrait Photography
          • Travel

          Comments about Sony NP-FW50 Lithium-Ion Rechargeable Battery (1020mAh):

          They get the job done but don't hold a charge for as long as I would like. Nothing to worry about though just buy a few.

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          • No

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          4.0

          Office battery

          By Jack

          from Placentia

          About Me Photo Enthusiast

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Reliable

          Cons

          • Slow Recharge

          Best Uses

          • Digital Photography

          Comments about Sony NP-FW50 Lithium-Ion Rechargeable Battery (1020mAh):

          Kinda pricey, but gives you a piece of mind.

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          • No

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          3.0

          NOT the same as original - now 1020mAh

          By ritmatt

          from Atlanta, GA

          About Me Photo Enthusiast

          Verified Reviewer

          Pros

          • Easy to Install

          Cons

          • Loses Charge Quickly
          • Slow Recharge

          Best Uses

          • Back Up
          • Travel

          Comments about Sony NP-FW50 Lithium-Ion Rechargeable Battery (1020mAh):

          I bought this item as a spare with my Sony a7 earlier this year (Jan 2014). It was identical to the battery that came with my camera. Made in Japan, the label on the battery says that it is "min 1020mAh" and "typ 1080mAh". Regardless, the a7 sucks the power out of these batteries in no-time. If you're shooting all day, you'll probably need at least two fully charged batteries to get through it.Last week (Jul 2014), I bought 5 more batteries using the same B&H part number as before, SONPFW50. The new batteries are different than the originals. They are noticeably lighter in weight and the back says they are rated at 1020mAh. No mention of 1080mAh. And they are made in China, not Japan. I am concerned that they will not maintain a charge as long as the original batteries I bought 6 months ago.I'm disappointed that Sony and B&H have substituted an obviously cheaper product for the same-priced original batteries that I bought earlier this year. At minimum, I think the part number and description should have been updated to reflect the difference.

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          • No

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          5.0

          Trusted Battery

          By PeteC

          from Powder Springs, GA

          About Me Photo Enthusiast

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Easy to Install
          • Fast Recharge
          • Long-Lasting
          • Reliable
          • Solid Construction

          Cons

            Best Uses

              Comments about Sony NP-FW50 Lithium-Ion Rechargeable Battery (1020mAh):

              Works as described, that'swhy I trust the OEM

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              • No

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              5.0

              Stick with the brand

              By bnhamlin

              from Washington, DC

              About Me Photo Enthusiast

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Fast Recharge
              • Long-Lasting
              • Reliable
              • Solid Construction

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Digital Photography

                Comments about Sony NP-FW50 Lithium-Ion Rechargeable Battery (1020mAh):

                I have been burned in the past with off label batteries that are "authorized" re-sellers. I use this battery in my Sony NEX-6 for power hungry applications like Macro and underwater photography and get a couple of hours of use on a full charge. For something as critical as the lifeblood of your camera, don't go with anything less than the best.

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                5.0

                Battery

                By Anatoliy

                from Federal Way, WA

                About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Fast Recharge
                • Reliable
                • Solid Construction

                Cons

                • Loses Charge Quickly

                Best Uses

                • Back Up

                Comments about Sony NP-FW50 Lithium-Ion Rechargeable Battery (1020mAh):

                Always good to have a spare battery, a lot better then some other 3rd party battery as it's more reliable.

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                • No

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                4.0

                Pricey, but worth it

                By Noam

                from Los Angeles

                About Me Pro Photographer

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Fast Recharge
                • Long-Lasting
                • Reliable

                Cons

                • Expensive

                Best Uses

                  Comments about Sony NP-FW50 Lithium-Ion Rechargeable Battery (1020mAh):

                  There are alternative options to this battery, but I would reccomend getting this original Sony, it does last longer and I suspect the overall lifetime will be longer with this product than one of the generic brands.

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                  • No

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                  4.0

                  Not terribly useful

                  By Mommy paparazzo

                  from Berkeley, CA

                  About Me Casual Photographer

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Easy to Install

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Travel

                    Comments about Sony NP-FW50 Lithium-Ion Rechargeable Battery (1020mAh):

                    I haven't used the battery that much yet, but so far it seems like a regular replacement of the one that is already in the camera. I bought it for our upcoming vacation, but since you actually have to charge the battery INSIDE the camera, I'm not sure how useful it really is. With an external charger, you could recharge one while you use the other one, but as it is, a second battery really only comes in handy when you're away for a long trip without access to electricity. That hasn't happened to me yet, but then at the same time the A6000 doesn't have the best battery life, so who knows, it might come in handy after all.

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                    • No

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                    5.0

                    Real battery

                    By Zorbac

                    from Montreal, Canada

                    About Me Photo Enthusiast

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Reliable

                    Cons

                    • No Remark

                    Best Uses

                    • Photography

                    Comments about Sony NP-FW50 Lithium-Ion Rechargeable Battery (1020mAh):

                    I works as the real Sony battery compared to the Watson. It work properly with my Sony NEX-6 Camera.

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                    • No

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                    3.0

                    Sony NP-FW50 Battery

                    By Tino

                    from Sydney, Australia

                    About Me Pro Photographer

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Easy to Install
                    • Lightweight

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                        Comments about Sony NP-FW50 Lithium-Ion Rechargeable Battery (1020mAh):

                        Power does not last long enough on social events shooting to sustain the capacity of a 32GB card.

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                        • No

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                        5.0

                        Typical Battery

                        By SueMac

                        from Box Elder, SD

                        About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Easy to Install

                        Cons

                        • Loses Charge Quickly

                        Best Uses

                          Comments about Sony NP-FW50 Lithium-Ion Rechargeable Battery (1020mAh):

                          The battery is ok, it is just the camera really uses them up fast.

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                          • No

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                          5.0

                          Battery

                          By Anatoliy

                          from Federal Way, WA

                          About Me Pro Photographer

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Easy to Install
                          • Fast Recharge
                          • Long-Lasting
                          • Reliable
                          • Solid Construction

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • Back Up

                            Comments about Sony NP-FW50 Lithium-Ion Rechargeable Battery (1020mAh):

                            Does what's it's suppose to. Always great to have a spare battery.

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                            • No

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                            3.0

                            Undersized for the needs of the camera

                            By Ross

                            from Chicago

                            About Me Photo Enthusiast

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                              Cons

                              • Loses Charge Quickly
                              • Slow Recharge

                              Best Uses

                                Comments about Sony NP-FW50 Lithium-Ion Rechargeable Battery (1020mAh):

                                I bought an a6000 to take to Europe as I didn't want to lug my 70D and a few lenses all over the place. I picked up a second spare battery and have exhausted BOTH during normal walking tour shooting and just a few videos (auto-off set to 1 min). My Canon batteries are nearly impossible to deplete during a full day of heavy shooting and with a grip, forget it.

                                Yes, I understand the Sony battery and camera size is smaller and will yield less. I just didn't expect that I would need three in a day to make it through morning to evening. For the casual user you should be just fine and never have to worry about it.

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                                • No

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                                2.0

                                Under powered for Sony A7r needs

                                By KBStudio

                                from Tigard, OR

                                About Me Pro Photographer

                                Verified Buyer

                                Pros

                                • Easy to Install
                                • Solid Construction

                                Cons

                                • Loses Charge Quickly
                                • Slow Recharge

                                Best Uses

                                • Back Up
                                • Digital Photography

                                Comments about Sony NP-FW50 Lithium-Ion Rechargeable Battery (1020mAh):

                                Due to size constraints of Sony A7r I understand why the battery needs to be physically small. Only wish they could get more amp hours into it. The EVF and LCD draw power all the time and drain the battery pretty quickly. Solution, buy lots of extra batteries and keep them fully charged.

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