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Insufficient power to start, even with new batteries?

New batteries = 6Volts. Label on bottom of camera says 7.4Volts. Is it a design fault!?

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  • siqingwei Sep 29, 2008

    I had the camera for a little over 2 years.
    The problem started about 6-9 months ago -- fresh battery (rechargeable) -- and the camera says "please replace battery"
    This happens occasionally back then -- I can resolve by replace load the same battery.
    As time goes by, this problem gets worse. Sometimes, nothing I do helps.
    The camera stays as a brick.

    what gives?


  • Anonymous Oct 02, 2008

    battery dies down after 20-30 shots.. I use EVF, still no improvement. I use Eneloops thinking its charge decay.. doesnt help.

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My Dad (in-law) has one of these cameras and has tried several re-chargeable batteries.
Some of the less powerfull ones wouldn't even start the camera, others just didn't last.
He has now resolved to only using Duracell, as they are the only ones which give enough power and he always carries spares.
hope the helps !
OBC

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