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Which battery does the Canon R50 take?

The Canon EOS R50 is a digital mirrorless interchangeable lens camera that features a 24.0MP sensor. It is powered by the Canon LP-E17, which is a rechargeable Lithium-Ion battery pack. Lithium-Ion batteries offer a high energy density and low self-discharge, and are nowadays found in many portable electronic devices.

Battery Pack

The LP-E17 operates at a voltage of 7.2V and has a capacity of 1040mAh. It can be charged from a standard electrical outlet via the Canon LC-E17 charger (that can be purchased separately, for example, at amazon). The battery pack measures 33 mm in width, 14 mm in height, and 49 mm in depth. It weighs 45 g. The Canon LP-E17 has been on the market since February 2015 and sells at good camera retailers, such as amazon, for about $75. Canon provides the LP-E17 in a black outer finish. Generic alternatives (see below) that are compatible with the Canon EOS R50 can be obtained at substantially lower cost.

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It is noteworthy, that the Canon R50 supports internal charging of its battery pack via the USB port. This feature can be particularly useful when travelling, as one can re-charge the camera battery simply by plugging a USB cable into one's laptop, rather than carrying a separate battery charger along.

How many shots can I take with a fully charged ?

The number of shots that one can get out of a battery pack depends heavily on the style and imaging practice of the photographer. For example, the extended use of the LCD screen for framing or reviewing will result in reduced battery performance.

Canon LP-E17

The Camera & Imaging Products Association (CIPA) has established guidelines that manufacturers are supposed to respect when reporting the battery life of their cameras. According to this CIPA-rating, the Canon R50 can take 230 images on a single charge. Given the relatively demanding energy usage of the CIPA procedures, this rated number should be achievable or be surpassed in most practical situations. However, if the environment is cold, the LCD screen is used heavily, or the camera is turned on and off frequently, battery mileage might drop towards or even below the rating. Also, as the battery pack ages, its performance will tend to deteriorate.


What about generic battery packs?

Canon sells the original LP-E17 battery pack at quite a steep price. This premium pricing strategy has left room in the market for third party suppliers to offer fully compatible battery packs at much lower prices. Savings from buying generic replacement batteries can amount up to 70 percent of the price of the genuine battery pack.

Canon LP-E17 Specifications

  • Battery type: Rechargeable Lithium-Ion power pack
  • Compatibility: Canon R50 & other selected Canon cameras
  • Voltage: 7.2V DC
  • Capacity: 1040mAh
  • Number of shots (CIPA) with the Canon R50: 230

Indeed, one can often find a variety of competitively-priced LP-E17 replacements from different vendors at major online platforms (see, for example, here on ebay). All these generic alternatives should work fine with your Canon R50. So why would anybody then buy the more expensive original battery? Well, below are some arguments in favor of the genuine Canon LP-E17, which can perhaps be summarized as "peace of mind":

  • Assurance that the warranty of the camera will not be rendered void if a battery-related failure occurs;
  • Assurance that the battery pack will indeed have the stated capacity;
  • Assurance that the battery will have low self-discharge rates and, thus, will hold its charge even when not in use;
  • Assurance that the power unit will not trigger any warning messages on the camera and can be effectively charged with the standard charger;
  • Assurance that the manufacturing process has respected the safety guidelines for Lithium-Ion batteries;

If you can live without these assurances, then you are in for some nice savings from buying generic replacements for the Canon LP-E17. Unfortunately, the market for generic battery packs is rather fluid, with new trade names popping up regularly while others disappear. Hence it is difficult to keep track of all the suppliers and the quality of their products. That said, in North America, battery packs from Wasabi have gained a good reputation, while in Europe, replacement power packs from Patona have received many favorable reviews. In any case, the existing comparisons tend to find that the cheapest of the generic replacement packs score worse in terms of achieving their rated capacity, holding their charge over time, or allowing for a large number of charge-discharge cycles than somewhat pricier battery packs (or the genuine Canon offer). Thus, the old adage, "If the price sounds too low to be true, it probably is" has some merit with respect to camera batteries also. You can check the current offers and prices for the original Canon LP-E17 and its clones by using the buttons below.

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Which other cameras use the Canon LP-E17?

The R50 is not alone in using the Canon LP-E17. Several other cameras from Canon are powered by the same type of lithium-ion pack. The adjacent table lists some of them along with a selection of their headline specifications.

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Cameras using the Canon LP-E17
Battery life
Sensor Size
Launch Price
Street Price
1Canon 77DCanon LP-E17600APS-C24.0540Feb 2017899ebay.com
2Canon 200DCanon LP-E17650APS-C24.0453Jun 2017549ebay.com
3Canon 250DCanon LP-E171070APS-C24.0449Apr 2019599amazon.com
4Canon 750DCanon LP-E17440APS-C24.0555Feb 2015749ebay.com
5Canon 760DCanon LP-E17440APS-C24.0565Feb 2015649ebay.com
6Canon 800DCanon LP-E17600APS-C24.0532Feb 2017749ebay.com
7Canon 850DCanon LP-E17800APS-C24.0515Feb 2020749ebay.com
8Canon M3Canon LP-E17250APS-C24.0366Feb 2015679ebay.com
9Canon M5Canon LP-E17295APS-C24.0427Sep 2016979ebay.com
10Canon M6Canon LP-E17295APS-C24.0390Feb 2017779ebay.com
11Canon M6 Mark IICanon LP-E17305APS-C32.3408Aug 2019849ebay.com
12Canon R8Canon LP-E17220Full Frame24.0461Feb 20231,499amazon.com
13Canon R10Canon LP-E17450APS-C24.0429May 2022979amazon.com
14Canon R50Canon LP-E17230APS-C24.0375Feb 2023679amazon.com
15Canon R100Canon LP-E17400APS-C24.0356May 2023479amazon.com
16Canon RPCanon LP-E17250Full Frame26.0485Feb 20191,299amazon.com
17Canon SL2Canon LP-E17650APS-C24.0453Jun 2017549ebay.com
18Canon SL3Canon LP-E171070APS-C24.0449Apr 2019599amazon.com
19Canon T6iCanon LP-E17440APS-C24.0555Feb 2015749ebay.com
20Canon T6sCanon LP-E17440APS-C24.0565Feb 2015649ebay.com
21Canon T7iCanon LP-E17600APS-C24.0532Feb 2017749ebay.com
22Canon T8iCanon LP-E17800APS-C24.0515Feb 2020749ebay.com

Canon LP-E17 FAQ

The Canon LP-E17 is the standard power source for the R50. As such it is an indispensable camera accessory. Below are some additional questions and answers concerning some particular aspects of the battery pack and Lithium-Ion power units more generally.

Is there a car charger available for the LP-E17?

Canon does not offer a travel charger, but third party suppliers might do (see here on ebay).

Can I use the LP-E17 in any of my other electronic devices?

No, the battery is specifically designed for use in the Canon R50 and other selected cameras from Canon.

How should the LP-E17 be stored?

Lithium-ion batteries can hold a charge for a long time. However, these battery packs have a safety mechanism built-in that disables any re-charge if the voltage drops below a certain minimum level. To avoid this safety-trigger to be activated, the battery pack should be charged at least once every few months.

How should I discard my old Canon LP-E17 battery pack?

The contents of Lithium-Ion batteries is under pressure and the packs can explode if exposed to extreme heat. Lithium-Ion battery units should therefore never be incinerated and should not be thrown into the household trash, but put into the recycling stream. Most places that sell camera batteries will also accept them back for recycling.

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