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My camera will not turn on at all and I am using rechargable batteries that I just charged. I can't get it to do anything. And, we just took a trip to S. Africa and took 600 pictures w/it less than a month ago, but when got home, it died.

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  • shutterbee Nov 05, 2008

    I have the same problem. Just stopped powering up. I contacted Canon, no free repair due to camera being nearly 3 years old. They would repair for $139.00. Lets see, that amounts to a little less than a third of what I paid for the camera. Forget it. Very disgusted that a $500.00 camera has such a short life span.

  • Anonymous Dec 30, 2008

    same thing happened to me after a year of owning the camera. it died, so i changed the batteries... nothing. its been sitting in the case for the past two years. very disappointing

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Make sure to check all battery contacts - clean with alcohol and see if that solves your "no power" problem. Seems that I have read about this problem elsewhere. Keep looking around the web for other answers.

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