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Digital Rebel Canon Camera won't power up

Smells like an electrical burn inside of the battery area. I was using in cold conditions (35 degrees) but I don' think that has anything to do with it. Recharged battery and again and still nothing.

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  • JR Bondy Jan 19, 2009

    I have had the same experience with a 30D with the smell and I was not outside. I heard a faint sizzle sound & there was an electrical smell. Now my camera for some reason will just drain the batteries even if it's not in use. New battery will only last about 12 hours then it's dead. I have to remove them if I'm not using, but the camera still works. I get the err 99 message with popup flash. Canon says 435.00 will fix it, go figure.

  • Nicole421 Jan 25, 2009

    I was in the middle of taking pictures and it just went dead (although the battery hadn't shown it was low). This happened one other time and I thought it was a goner because I charged the battery and still nothing. But a few days later I went to show someone and guess what? It worked just fine and has been now for many months of consistent use. So tonight though - I recharged the battery and still nothing. I'm inclined to wait a little longer, recharge and try again... but I swear the battery compartment is warm to the touch... So I will leave the battery out for now. Sounds like this may be it for this camera (too expensive to fix) which would be really sad because I have really enjoyed it over the last 3 years. :(

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The cold probably does relate to the problem -- when the camera gets cold, then comes inside, condensation (water) collects in lots of nasty places, including the battery contacts. Water can cause all sorts of problems that result in a poor connection between the battery and the camera. The smell is a result of an arc (spark) -- not good, but sometimes fixable. There is probably something like rust (most likely oxidized copper or aluminum) on the contacts. Something rough like a metal nail file should help remove the oxidation (rust) -- turn the camera upside down so the powder falls out. If you can clean off the contacts so they are shiny again, and also on the battery contacts, you might be back in business.

You may need to replace the battery -- if it has shorted out, chances are it won't recharge properly. A BP-11 battery (doesn't need to be Canon branded) is around $15 or less. However, if the battery charger says the battery is charged, and there's no evident oxidation on the contacts, battery is probably fine.

It could be worse. If so, a local camera shop can probably give you the bad new more gently than I :-{

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