I know that this will be one of the hardest things for you to do because you really want to start shooting, but a little patience will pay off later.
When you first open your camera and slide the battery into the battery slot, you will be pleased to find that there is probably juice in the battery and you can start shooting right away. What you should really be doing is getting out the battery charger and giving that power-cell a full charge. Not only will this give you more time to shoot, it will start the battery off on the right foot. No matter what claims the manufacturers make about battery life and charging memory, I always find I get better life and performance when I charge my batteries fully and then use them right down to the point where they have nothing left to give. To check your battery level, insert it into the camera, turn on the camera, and look for the battery indicator on the rear LCD. You can also press the shutter release button to wake up the camera. This will activate the rear LCD display and allow you to see the battery level indicator located in the bottom-right portion of the display panel (Figure 1.1).
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