I’m not a fan of the tiny camera trend. Lighter, yes. Smaller, no. If you have bigger hands it becomes an issue holding the camera for long periods of time. Your hands start to cramp and it’s generally uncomfortable. Attaching the battery grip solves that problem. It’s VERY comfortable. It also balances heavy lenses quite nicely. If Canon had designed the camera just another 1/2 - 5/8 inch taller this wouldn’t have been a problem for people with bigger hands but it is what it is. The extra battery life is nice as well. No problem shooting all day. I will say the AC charger is outrageously overpriced. I’m sure you can probably find a cheaper charger... I heard something about the Apple Mac book charger works but I don’t know for sure.