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S40 Battery problem

Reaplaced my dead rechargeable batteries with new alkaline AA's and the camera won't work - still shows "battery depleted". These new batteries work in my daughters camera so they are not the problem. I tried some NIMH batteries and they work in my camera. Why won't my camera accept the akaline batteries ?

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  • Anonymous Jan 23, 2008

    Pebtax Option S50 - Battery Depleted Error message - I use re-chargable batteries which work in other cameras. After charging for 12 hours it still says battery depleted. Can it be anything else?

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  • Anonymous Apr 27, 2008

    This is not exclusively a battery problem and may be related in some cases to a firmware bug in the camera. In some circumstances you can get the same error if youdownload images vis the USB lead and don't disconnet in the right way. Sometimes reconnecting the camera clears the problem and sometimes it doesn't.

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Alkaline batteries are not capable of outputting the level of power required for your camera to operate. Your daughter's camera may have lower requirements and be able to function properly using alkaline batteries. Your standard alkaline battery outputs about 700 milliamps of power when they are brand new. A rechargeable NiMH battery can range from 1200 to 2700 or even 3200 milliamps max power output depending on the quality of the battery. Most compact digital cameras that accept AA style batteries are designed for these high-output rechargeables and will not function for very long even on fresh Alkaline batteries. David Millier Advance Camera Repair

Posted on Mar 23, 2007

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This camera is also able to use CRV3's. Some brands of the rechargeable version have a slightly power output than the disposable and work well when alkalines and NiMHs don't.

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