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Problem of rechargable battery

Inspite of recharging rechargeable batteries for more than 6 hours, my digital canon camera indicates 'low battery'. Pl let me know whether the problem is with the batteries (6 months old) or the camera itself.

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  • vcsloane Nov 23, 2008

    I have the same problem. I put the fully charged batteries in and get a change batteries message. Can't shoot anything. I've now gone through two new battery chargers and eight different batteries. I'm pretty sure it's a camera issue. Can anyone advise?

  • lizlizliz Dec 28, 2008

    Mine does the same -- the low battery icon flashes, but it seems to keep working anyway.

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The best way to tell if it is a battery problem would be to charge them fully then use the camera and see how long they keep working as compared to what their specs are (probably in your camera info). It is also possible that the charger is at fault, which can be tested by measuring the output of the charger with a meter, or check to make sure the charger is the proper one for those batteries ("quick" chargers may need special batteries, etc.). If your camera can use alkaline batteries of the same type, try new ones and see if it still says "low" -- if so then it could be the camera. Hope this helps. If not, check your camera website and try troubleshooting there.

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