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Quick battery drain

I find using duracell batteries that are fully charged, I`m lucky if I get around 60 photos, and if using flash considerably less. what is the problem ? am I doing something wrong ?

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  • buggybill200 Jan 12, 2009

    thank youfor yor prompt and honest answer

  • buggybill200 Jan 13, 2009

    I will certainly give your suggestion a try and use the viewfinder eyepiece rather than the screen in future. Thank you once again.

  • buggybill200 Jan 13, 2009

    thank you for your help in this matter. I use my 5800 as a back up too.

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If you are using "rechargeable" duracells, use the camera's discharge function to fully drain your cells. Then re-charge them and try again. If you are using the Duracell 15 minute charger leave them in there for ~3 hours, there is a 15 minute quick charge cycle, then a 10 minute cooldown, then a 1.5-2 hour trickle-top off. If you start with a fully discarged cell this will give it a really good full charge and you chould get many more shots out of the camera.

If you are using Duracell "alkaline" non-rechargeable batteries then the # of shots you are getting is about right. Alkalines are really for emergency use only in this camera.

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No sorry to say this is normal for this camera! you may want to look for rechargable lithium batterys (they will last longer in a high drain device such as your camera!
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