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Need Help!!!! Everytime I turn on my camera, the AF dot flashes red and after I take one picture, the camera turns off. About 5 seconds later, the camera turns back on, but I am not able to take any pictures. I do not have any idea how to fix this problem. My camera is only a couple of months old. If anyone could help me I would very much appreciate it!!!

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Re: Need Help!!!!

Return to seller for replacement under warranty

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