The battery is small so they can keep the camera small, so it doesn't carry a great charge, but they are allot cheaper than the larger rechargeable batteries so there is a trade off here, I am not sure why people buy a small camera and then complain about the small battery charge, hey litheon batteries haven't come that far, buy a battery power car and you will see what I am talking about. Give them a few more years and hopefully they will work better. Hey remember the cad ion batteries, unfortunately I am old enough to remember them! I am not complaining and I probably won't be around to see the improvement in batteries. Have a good day!