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Post Options Post Options   Quote phillfri Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 20 January 2011 at 07:08
According to Sony Support, the Sony SLT-A33 is listed as compatible with the NP-FH50 and NP-FH50AM batteries as well as the NP-FW50. The SLT-A55 is also listed as compatible with the NP-500H battery. And the Nex-5 and Nex-VG10 use the NP-FW50 only.

I don't know how reliable this Sony compatibility chart is though, since it lists the Nex-3 as compatible with no battery at all? Note also that on the Sony NP-FH50 battery product compatibility page the SLT-A33 is not listed as compatible.

I haven't tried this myself yet, and I'm not sure what that means in terms of performance. Does anyone know?

I have an A230 (which uses the NP-FH50) and my girlfriend has an A-33 (which uses the NP-FW50). The Sony NP-FH50 battery is cheaper on the market than is the Sony NP-FW50. Given the proliferation of (1) fake Sony and (2) poor performing replacement batteries from China flooding the secondary market I'm inclined to buy only Sony brand batteries. And both our cameras are still under warranty, which is voided by using a replacement battery. But, if we can both use the Sony NP-FH50 as a backup battery, then we'll skip buying another Sony NP-FW50 for the A-33.

Edited by phillfri - 20 January 2011 at 07:11

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Post Options Post Options   Quote Sick Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 20 January 2011 at 17:52
The NP-500H definitely can't fit into the NEX or A33/A55.
NP-FM55H & NP-FM500H the big 3 pin contacts like Sony's older video cameras.
While NP-FW50 & NP-FH50 have the small pins.
Those aren't interchangeable: NP-FW50 has the contacts on the side, NP-FH50 in the middle.

There are 4 batteries used by Sony in the Alpha DSLR line.

- NP-FM55H ( 7.2V / 1600 mAh ) --> A100
- NP-FM500H ( 7.2V / 1650 mAh ) --> A200/A300/A350/A450/A500/A550/A560/A580/A700/A850/A900
- NP-FW50 ( 7.2V / 1020 mAh ) --> A33/A55 and NEX-3/NEX-5
- NP-FH50 ( 6.8V / 900 mAh ) --> A230/A330/A380/A290/A390

Only the NP-FM500H is officially mentioned to work in the A100 as well.
(the other way does not work simply mechanically)

The NEX handyham comes with NP-FV70 ( 6.8V / 2060 mAh ).

The voltages are rated voltages (not max).
The main problem is that these aren't dumb batteries.
The cameras recognize the battery and may just refuse to work to prevent a risk.

Edited by Sick - 20 January 2011 at 18:03
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Post Options Post Options   Quote Miranda F Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 21 April 2017 at 13:28
Just an update to this useful info.
There are now 5 batteries used by Sony in the Alpha DSLR line (A & E mount)
- NP-FM55H ( 7.2V / 1600 mAh )
- NP-FH50 ( 6.8V / 900 mAh )
- NP-FM500H ( 7.2V / 1650 mAh )
   A100/A200/A300/A350/A450/A500/A550/A560/A580/A700/A850/A900 /
- NP-FW50 ( 7.2V / 1020 mAh )
   NEX-series, A6xxx E-mount APS-C cameras (so far...)
- NP-FZ100 (7.2V / 2280mAh)
   A9, A7C, A7iii, A7Riii, A7Siii and later FE-mount cameras

Edited by Miranda F - 18 March 2021 at 00:20
Miranda F & Sensorex, Sony A7Rii, A58, Nex-6, Dynax 4, 5, 60, 500si/600si/700si/800si, various Sony & Minolta lenses, several Tamrons, lots of MF primes and *far* too many old film cameras ...
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