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CANON PowerShot A430 4.0mp Digital Camera eating batteries

This camera will eat through batteries every 5 shots on regular and maybe 15 on lithium....I have tried all types of batteries.....I have 2 other canon cameras that don't do this whats wrong?...thanks

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  • Shahid Electronics
    Shahid Electronics May 11, 2010

    Camera seems hungry since ages.
    Power circuit has some problem and nothing can be done because camera circuit boards are unrepairable.


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The A430 is a 2 battery camera, and is known for being power hungry. Alkaline batteries just don't have the power for more than a few pictures in a digital camera (especially a 2 battery camera). Lithiums can also have problems. Some may also have reached their shelf life, and though right out of the package may even have problems just powering startup of the camera. Digital cameras for the most part should only be used with rechargeable NiMH batteries. If you read the camera's instruction manual concerning batteries, you may see the same recommendation. Modern NiMH batteries have over five times the energy concentration of the average alkaline (yep over five times more power!).

Keep in mind rechargeable NiMH batteries will save you money in the long run over alkalines, AND they'll last for at least 100 pictures per charge (and probably many many more). You'll be very pleased with their performance, and may be angry with yourself for not buying them sooner. When at the store, look on the package for a power rating of at least 2500 mah.

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