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October 21, 2011 11:36 AM Subscribe
Are there ANY aftermarket (non-Nikon) batteries that work with the Nikon D3100?
posted by werkzeuger to Sports, Hobbies, & Recreation (8 answers total)
I recently purchased a D3100 and want to obtain a spare battery. It didn't take long to discover that the 3100 (and other newer Nikon bodies) require a chip-containing OEM battery that handshakes with the camera. Cheap aftermarket batteries (including those advertised as the equivalent of the Nikon model number) are locked out and the camera will not function.
The likely solution (I assume) is for an aftermarket battery maker to reverse-engineer the Nikon chip and emulate the handshaking. I've tried to search photography-specific forums but I swear every mention of this issue quickly devolves into "OMG YOU DON'T USE OFFICIAL NIKON BATTERIES!?!?!?" versus "WAKE UP SHEEPLE OEM BATTERIES ARE A FRAUD!!!!" No one actually seems to know if there is a possibilty of using a 3rd party battery with this camera or if anyone is working on a solution.
So MeFi photographers, any information?