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My Canon PowerShot A640 shuts down a lot - It seems there is something loose in the camera. Even though I keep putting brand new batteries in the camera, it continues to just shut down again and again and again. Where can I take this camera to have it looked at?

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Judging from the hundreds of hits and top position of this issue, Canon cameras have a propensity for falsely reporting low battery condition and then shutting down, even if the batteries have just been changed. I've had this experience with a Canon PowerShot A490, an otherwise good pocket camera that is rendered useless by this serious defect. This failure happens to develop just outside the 1-year warranty period. I consider this kind of failure a product of calculated, engineered obsolescence to force repurchasing of cameras every 1 to 2 years. It's a ripoff of the photography customer. Canon's reputation and sales deserve to suffer for putting defective cameras like this on the market.

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What type of batteries are you using .... is there any thing shown on the LCD ...like the battery low indicator when it shuts down

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