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Rechargeable Batteries I was given a set of rechargeable batteries with my new Finepix A500 camera which came with a set of non rechargeable double A's. The original batteries are now dead and i wanted to swap to the recahrgeables. According to the packaging and the charger they are fully charged but when i put them into the camera nothing happens i cant turn it on. I have checked in the manual and the batteries i have should be compatible with the camera, has anyone else suffered from this problem or know the answer? I would really use rechargeables if i possibly can. Tha batteries i have are nickel metal hydride, 2350mAh, 1.25v

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  • Eric Standifer May 09, 2008

    it did work with rechargables.Now it only works with the 3v power supply.I have tried other batts. One thing .When I got the power supply it only worked with batt.door open.Now only when closed.If I open batt.door while on with pwr.supply.It shuts down.have used discharge feature.didnt seem to discharge batts.Have cleaned contacts.It seems internaly batt.function has some how been disabled.But nothing in menu about enabling.any ideas would be helpful

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This is a triky one. Most cameras will work with rechargeable batteries. If they don't work the most probable cause is this: a normal battery has about 1.5 V nominal charge. Because you use 2 of them you get 3 V nominal charge. Most rechargeable batteries have about 1.21 - 1.25 V like yours. This is given by the technology type used in their construction. However 2 1.25V batteries will result in 2.50 V at nominal charge and some cameras woun't go whell with the 0.5 V difference. You should try other types of rechargeable batteries, maybe some of them will work, but it is recomandable to do that before you buy them, so like I said, it's a triky choice. Try to go to a digital camera shop, they may sell rechargeable batteries more compatible with your camera.

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