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Canon powershot a560 problems with batteries?

Each time i put new batteries in no matter what it keeps telling me that i need to replace the batteries..... it wont stay on for anything can anyone help????

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  • drea_da_lett Jan 04, 2009

    Thank you fixed it right away!!!

  • salcharette Jan 05, 2009

    I'll try the other batteries, but it seems strange that the camera has worked just fine on the regular batteries for more than a year and suddenly won't recognize them.

  • maggiebelle Jan 13, 2009

    My A560 will not power up any longer and I have used rechargables since it was new. I've tried several different batteries with no success. I have it packed up and ready to send back to Canon during lunch today. I'm hopeful they'll have it back to me as fast as last time when the shutter refused to close.

  • mrsfeige Jan 16, 2009

    I have the same problem. I was using NiMH batteries all along. When I contacted canon they said I have to use canon brand NiMH batteries. What a crock. Has anyone found a solution to this other than canon batteries?

  • kearney4 Jan 31, 2009

    I have the same problem as does my Brother-in-law and the same problem seems to be all over the internet blogs. Canon's big fix is to clean terminals with a pencil eraser, or I can buy a new rerurbished camera from them...Must be how they keep the refrurb supply up build in a defect..Time to switch to NIkon

  • sandorjr Feb 07, 2009

    Eu tenho o mesmo problema. Esta camera devora as pilhas novas- podem ser recarregáveis ou não.
    Isto é um absurdo. Gastarei mais em pilhas do que custou a camera. Não vale a pena. Tem que usar pilhas de litio, que são muito caras.
    A Nikon Coolpix L14, faz 1.000 shots com 2 pilhas Energizer-Litio.
    Essa sim, vale a pena !!!!!!!!!
    Estou profundamente decepcionado com o consumo absurdo de pilhas dessa camera .
    Nota ZERO para o consumo de pilhas !!!!!!!!

  • Dawid Gibek
    Dawid Gibek Feb 09, 2009

    I have the same problem. And my sister, who has canon A710, has the same problem as well. We check a lot of different rechargeable NiMH batteries. We deleted picture counter, data, next all settings, change memory card... and the problem still exist :( Our batteries is working fine on other equipment and we checked them with technoline BL700 charger, which show that our battery (energizer 2500) still have 2350 mAh...

  • jvsham Feb 25, 2009

    I also have the same low battery warning problem with my A560 which is less than a year old. It has worked fine for about 8 months, using AA alkaline batteries, so I don't think the post about using only rechargeable batteries is on target. I've read other forums on this issue and it is widespread. Some say the contacts on the lid do not make good enough contact, others suspect some problem with internal circuitry becoming degraded from moisture/humidity. Canon seems to ignore it or tell you to use their rechargeable batteries. I have no clue how to fix this problem but I do not think using rechargeables will do the trick. I have some and will put them to the test and report back.

  • rev_jeff Mar 02, 2009

    I never thought about, but after reading several of the posts here I realized that my Canon A560 did NOT have a battery drain problem for the first year or so of operation. The batteries (just regular alkaline AAs) held their charge well and I did not have to replace them regularly. It just occurred to me that the battery drain problem I am having developed after having the camera for a couple years. I not only tried rechargeables, I even tried buying new rechargeables, but to no avail. I'm wondering what could have changed in the camera's internal circuitry that would result in the battery drain. But it is clearly a later onset problem and not something that was present when the camera was new.

  • llvolkman Mar 23, 2009

    Same problem! I've tried every kind of battery, from regular to rechargeable, even bought brand new ones that are the good kind that are recommended from a previous post. I'm convinced it's not the batteries!!

  • gusdawg Apr 18, 2009

    It's a defect in the camera's durability design inherited from the previous line. The camera worked well for about a year. Then I developed the low battery indication with new batteries problem. It doesn't matter if the batteries are brand
    new duracells or freshly charged Ni-MH. This camera (A560) only is
    capable of a handful of pictures before shutting down with low battery.
    I had the exact same problem with a Canon A75. Note to self, BIt twice = never buy
    Canon again!

    I wish i had a solution. Cleaning the contacts isn't it...



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Tem que passar LAPIS BORRACHA nas pilhas, no plo positivo e nagativo, e tbem nos terminais da camera......aí, funciona tudo houver um pouco de suor das mãos nos terminais das pilhas, a cemera reconhece que as pilhas são usadas, e pede para trocar as pilhas.....é uma camera MUITO SENSIVEL.......!!!!!

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Para esta consumidora voraz de pilhas, só pilhas de LITIO.......que custam muito caro !!!!!!!!!! ou troquem pela Nikon Coolpix L14, a camera mais economica do mundo !!!!!!!

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Are you still using alkaline batteries? If so, alkaline batteries just don't have the power for more than a few pictures in a digital camera. Some may also have reached their shelf life, and though right out of the package may even have problems just powering startup of the camera. Digital cameras for the most part should only be used with rechargeable NiMH batteries. If you read the camera's instruction manual concerning batteries, you may see the same recommendation.

Keep in mind rechargeable NiMH batteries will save you money in the long run over alkalines, AND they'll last for at least 100 pictures per charge (and probably many many more). You'll be very pleased with their performance, and may be angry with yourself for not buying them sooner. When at the store, look on the package for a power rating of at least 2500 mah.

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