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When I turn the camera on it only stays on for about 5 seconds and then automatically turns off. Re-charging the battery does not help. Is this the sign of a defective battery? Current batteyr is 2 years old.

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  • Anonymous Feb 26, 2009

    I have the same problem. It happened after my daughter took it on an overnight hiking trip at Mount Rainier, and I think it must of gotten too cold?

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Unless it's turning off while you're still taking photos, I believe this is similar to many electronic devices (i.e. laptops), which turn off after a certain period of inactivity so that the battery won't die when you accidentally leave it on when putting it away etc.

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  • Batmanfan Feb 28, 2009

    Oops! Sorry! I misread "5 seconds" as "5 minutes". Sounds more like a battery problem, or a problem with your battery charger. I had a similar problem, and discovered that my charger wasn't working properly. I take it with me on a lot of trips, and I must've damaged the wires in the cord.

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