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Cannot open battery case

I received the camera for Christmas and put in a new battery and the memory card. Now it says the batteries are exhausted, but I cannot open the battery case. I push the button forward, but it doesn't automatically pop open. I've tried pulling it open with a fingernail, but it doesn't budge (and almost broke the nail). I don't want to force it, but I'm worried it could be jammed somehow. Is there a trick to opening it, or will I have to send it back to the factory?

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Put your thumb on the cover, push it toward the back of the camera and then toward the near end of the camera, and then it will swing open. The directions are indicated on the bent arrow on the cover.

See the illustrations in the "Insert the Batteries" section of the manual (page 12 in my copy).

Posted on Jul 20, 2012


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SOURCE: Battery EXTREMELY Exhausted

As the other person says Nimh rechargable batteries are the best....Also somewhere in the menu system you will find that you need to define which type of battery you are using, this may be the cause...Nikon UK have an excellent after care team if all else fails.

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I have the same problem as well. I have had my camera for a bout 2 years. The first time this happened was in March 2007. We had been using regular AA batteries, then we decided to go lithium and bamm! The camera started working. I was elited. Then in the beginning of December 2007, it let me take one last picture and then it wouldn't come on again. The lithiums wouldn't even work. We recently took it to a camera shop and they suggested the same as the other posts. I think it would be cheaper just to buy another camera and I think there should be a recall on this camera, if there are so many other customers having the same issue. I really did enjoy it while it lasted, though.

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SOURCE: Battery Problem

can someone fix the exhausted battery problem?

Posted on Feb 17, 2008

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SOURCE: I keep getting "Battery Exhausted" messages, with new batteries

you have to use only very good quality batteries ...I have a philips..and if I do not put alcaline quality bateries in it do not even power up ....and even with this expensive ones it eats 'em like snacks...
by the way ...keep the batteries inside only when you shoot cause all this new cameras with display and so ...consumes the batteries even when they are powered off ..
my advise is to buy some accumulators the kind you charge on the home power in this way .. you will always have strong power into them ..and the cost its worthily ..

Posted on Jun 08, 2009

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SOURCE: Blurry Photos & Batteries Exhausted

I may be able to help with the battery problem. Two suggestions: 1) With a WHITE eraser (preferably at the end of a pencil) rub the metal tabs in the camera that makes contact with the batteries. They may be slightly corroded. DON'T use a pink eraser. A fine sandpaper will also work, but is more difficult to work with inside a small space. 2) The metal tabs may be pushed in too far. You may need to pry them out with a small flat-head screw driver or needle nose pliers. Do so gently.

Posted on Sep 07, 2009

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