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Batteries always low

I bought this camera a few days ago and already i have used three packs of duracell battery. after only taking a few pics the battery icon indicates low and then the camera shuts off.Any advice is greatly appreciated. Thank You

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Lithium batteries are the best solution. I take a lot of flash pictures and usually get well over 200 pictures with these batteries. They are more expensive, but in the end are cheaper and more convienient than constantly replacing regular batteries.

Posted on Mar 22, 2008

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I agree. If you use regular alkaline batteries, they simply don;t last in this camera. However, when i used the Energizer Lithium Ion batteries or the Duracell nickel metal hydride batteries (non-rechargable), they last quite a long while. Of course, if you are looking to save some money, get the rechargeable ones. I only prefer to use the single use batteries because i on travels, i don't want to bring the charger.

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Re: Batteries always low

If you're using regular alkaline batteries that?s fairly common. If you want longer life most people purchase rechargeable nickel-metal hydride batteries and a charger. Depending on the camera you?ll get 40 or more flash images out of a charging. I have two sets, one in the camera and one in the charger. Expect to pay about $5 to $10 for a set of four and around $10 or $20 for a charger, make sure its for nickel-metal hydride batteries and not the old style nickel-cadmium. Good luck and don?t forget to rate this post.

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I use the 15-minute charger currently available from Duracell. It cost about $30, but it comes with 4 AA batteries with a rating of 2400 mAh.

This rating is basically what determines how much of a charge the battery can hold. The higher the rating, the longer the battery will last.

I also bought an extra pack of 4 AA's while I was at it. I bought all of this for my digital camera. (Canon S3 IS.) The batteries in the extra pack had a higher rating of 2650 mAh.

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