The Chinese battery brand Nitecore has announced the world’s first “smart battery” for Sony’s mirrorless cameras. Called the NFZ100, it’s a battery that can be wirelessly managed with an app on your phone.
The app is called NNERGY, and it lets you check the current status of your battery in real-time.
With a capacity of 2280mAh, the battery allows for about 500 photos on a single charge using a Sony a9.
For photographers who have multiple NFZ100 batteries, the app lets you assign three-digit numbers to help you keep track of them in the app.
If you’re planning on putting your battery in storage for a while, Storage Mode in the app can help you automatically discharge your battery to 70% after 10 days of inactivity in order to maximize its lifespan.
In the area of safety, the battery has protection against overcharge, overdischarge, overcurrent, overvoltage, and short-circuits.
No word yet on pricing or availability, so it’s unclear if or when you’ll be able to find the NFZ100 on a store shelf near you (or through an online retailer).