I remember buying a Nikon D5100 many years ago, and one of the first accessories I got for it was a battery grip. It’s been such a valuable asset, and it has made life a lot easier for me in many situations.
If you’ve never used a battery grip before, you might be wondering if battery grips are worth it. You might also be wondering what exactly a battery grip can do for you to improve the overall experience when using your camera.
I answer all your questions below, so join me as I take a look.
Are Battery Grips Worth It? Yes, battery grips are worth it because they extend the battery life of your camera, they make it easier to hold the camera, and they have an additional shutter button included which makes it easier to take photos in portrait mode.
What Is A Camera Battery Grip?
A battery grip is an attachment for your camera that attaches to the bottom of your camera. It gives you the ability to add an additional lithium battery, or in some cases, AA batteries to serve as a backup in case the main battery dies. More features such as an additional shutter button and strap mount are also included with most battery grips.
Why You Should Be Using A Battery Grip
Hopefully, you should now be convinced that battery grips are worth it. But what exactly can a battery grip do to make things easier for you?
Let’s have a look.
1.) Helps With Portrait Photography
A battery grip has a shutter button conveniently located on the side that comes in extremely handy when taking photos in portrait mode. This means that you don’t have to reach around to press the camera’s shutter button, which is very convenient.
2.) Easier To Hold The Camera
With a battery grip attached, it is much easier to hold your camera because it extends the area where your right hand rests. It, therefore, gives you more room to properly grip the camera, and this makes it easier to operate the camera.
This is especially useful if you use big lenses quite often. A big lens adds a lot of weight to the camera and having extra room to grip the camera makes it easier to use it when you have a big lens attached.
3.) Extended Battery Life
The main function of a battery grip is to provide space to add an additional battery to your camera, effectively doubling its battery life. This is very useful when you are shooting a lot of photos at a time, and when you know that one battery just won’t do it.
It also means that you don’t have to swap out any batteries during your photoshoot as the extra battery is already available to use.
Some battery grips even allow you to use AA batteries, and this is extremely useful for when you are stuck with batteries that are not charged. This saved my bacon on a few occasions.
Why Are Battery Grips So Expensive?
Despite having so many great features, battery grips do have a downside: They can be expensive.
OEM battery grips are made from the same material as your camera, and their shutter buttons have the same tactile feedback as the camera they are made for. This contributes to their cost.
There are, however, 3rd party manufacturers and the battery grips that they produce are much more affordable. Just take note though that these 3rd party battery grips won’t be the same quality as the OEM battery grips, and they might not function as well.
If a battery grip is essential to your daily photography needs then I would advise you to opt for the OEM battery grip for your camera. If you are only going to use it occasionally, then a 3rd party battery grip will do just fine.
As you can clearly see, battery grips are so worth it. For me personally, the biggest benefit you get from using a battery grip is that it extends the battery life of your camera. The battery grip on my Nikon has space for 2 batteries, and this means that I’m covered in the event of a battery going flat.
They also make it easier to take photos in portrait mode because they have an additional shutter button included. This shutter button is conveniently located on the side of the battery grip, so you don’t have to reach around to press the camera’s shutter button when shooting in portrait mode.
And finally, they give lots more room to firmly grip the camera, and this just helps to handle the camera better. Especially when you have a big and heavy lens attached to the camera.