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Camera Won't work at all

I put new batteries in my camera, I push the 'on' button and the camera starts to take pictures by itself. It will take anywhere from 1 - 10 pictures before it either stops and turns off, or stops and won't let me push any buttons. Every once in a great while it will turn on without taking the pictures but again, none of the buttons work. I have tried to replace the batteries, take out the memory card. Nothing works. PLEASE HELP!!!!???? My kids are growing and I can't capture it...

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    The exact same thing happened to my camera!! I came on here to find a possible solution - upset that it's defective!!

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It sounds defective. Call 800 730 6597.

Trevor Gordon
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Posted on Oct 28, 2008

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