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Cannot open the battery compartment to change batteries

I push the button downwards but compartment door does not open, even if I try to force it.
I have tried to find a service shop for Cannon and can't find one: I live in Vancouver, WA so Portland OR is also ok for service location.


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  • jchapinmd Jan 28, 2009

    brand new Sx110 is - can't open battery compartment.

    I have a powershot 570 and another model before that...all the same problem though , after a great struggle, they've finally yielded. PLEASE design a better one for this series of otherwise great cameras.

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I give up...battery compartment so bad I'm returning the camera.

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