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Digital Camera Problem - Shutting Off - Lens Not Retracting ?

If your digital camera shuts off sporadically or begins to malfunction, the fix could be as simple as replacing your batteries!

I was using AA rechargeable batteries when my camera starting acting up. My husband suggested that the batteries might be bad. While they were not new, they had only taken about 20 recharges over the years. I mistakenly thought they'd last for hundreds of charges despite age. As it turns out, rechargeable batteries have a shelf life.

Also, I had been storing my rechargeable batteries in the camera between uses. Remember, it is wise to remove any type of battery from the device if it will not be used for an extended period. This should help to extend the life cycle of your batteries.

Result: Upon installation of new, freshly-charged rechargeable batteries, my camera worked perfectly.

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Camera will not turn on. Tried several new batteries.


I had (and continue to have - from time to time) the same problem. Each time I replace the batteries and try to turn the camera on, it will not go. I have found a simple "fix" with my own camera: that is to flip the on/off switch several times rapidly, and then, you will eventually hear the beep indicating the unit has powered on. Not really sure why this works, but it is the only way I can get mine to work. It has been a persistent problem since I have owned it.

Jun 09, 2009 | Panasonic Lumix DMC-LC33 Digital Camera

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Err When Taking Photos.


Mine is doing the same. With all new batteries try squeezing the AA battery holder inwards to improve contact. This fixed mine temporarily. Long term you'll need to get the contact fixed by a camera tec.

Mar 02, 2009 | Fuji FinePix S2 Pro Digital Camera

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Camera keeps shutting off.


Please use Sony Cyber-shot batteries for DSC-H2 model camera.

Nov 18, 2008 | Sony Cyber-shot DSC-H2 Digital Camera

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My samsung s85 camera indicated low battery condition. I replaced the batteries with new/fresh AA batteries. When I turn on the camera, the camera starts normally, then beeps three times and shuts itself down. That seems to be all that this camera can now do.


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Jun 24, 2008 | Samsung Cameras

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How can I increase battery life?


Transferring images from the camera to the computer requires a lot of battery power. It is recommended to use the AC adapter when transferring pictures to conserve battery life. If not using the AC adapter, make sure your batteries are fully charged and use the highest possible serial speed when connecting the camera to the computer. After transferring your images remember to shut off the camera, otherwise the camera will remain "awake" and will continue to wear down the batteries. The LCD display also uses much battery power and should be used sparingly when trying to conserve power usage. Battery life can be improved by using AA sized lithium batteries, rechargeable AA Ni-Cad batteries, or rechargeable AA Ni-MH batteries instead of AA sized alkaline batteries.

Sep 13, 2005 | Epson PhotoPC 600 Digital Camera

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