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Re: CANON PowerShot A430 4.0mp Digital Camera eating...
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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I don t have a solution, but I got a similar problem. When I install new batteries, they only last for maybe 10 snaps- snaps ,then the "battery" light comes on and camera shuts off. I ve tried several sets of different batteries so its not a battery problem.
Hi, these are known issues with various Canon PowerShots
LCD eats up lots of power.. if there is a dim option use it or shut it off completely
1st Reset your camera to the manufacturers setting. 2nd Make sure your battery setting is on the correct configuration (can be found in settings -setup) 3rd Take a look in your battery compartment to see if there is any residue, if so clean with a qtip and isopropyl alcohol
1)Try a full reset of the camera by removing the batteries for 24
hours. It's possible that the battery monitor circuit is stuck on the
wrong value. Often with electrons, by removing all power from it for a
day, it drains it if any backup memory it might have and will reset.
(Kind of like how if you pull the plug out of your TV for 5 minutes and
then plug it in it's fine, but pull it out for a few days any you may
have to totally reprogram the channels on the TV)
2) Some cameras just don't do well with regular alkaline batteries.
And the older your camera gets, maybe the more it's eating up power.
You could try rechargable lithiums, you may find they will work better.
If you are using regular batteries (Alkaline) then try switching to some NmH rechargeable or some long lasting Lithium disposables. A lot of newer digital cameras can only run on these. They eat regular batteries like candy.
If that doesn't solve the problem, and it is in fact a mechanical issue, then you may want to have it serviced under warranty. It comes with 1yr parts/labor. If it's outside the warranty it's more than likely not worth the cost to fix it.
Hi, That is a possibility but in most cases the camera's are just very very greedy and eat the power like a starving dog. The best way around this problem that i have found (my camera does the same) is to purchase plenty of batteries, preferably Duracell Alkaline as they seem to last, also refrain from using the flash when you don't need it as the flash really does eat the batteries, this will conserve power and you'll get a little more life from them.
Which batteries are you using? If they are rechargables, make sure they are not drained because you can overcharge them to the point that they discharge. If they are regular AA batteries, make sure they are reputable brand, and if they are, then use a pencil eraser to gently clean the battery contacts inside the camera. If none of these steps work, the camera may have an excessive battery drain issue and needs service. You should call Canon and see if you can have it repaired under one year manufacturer's warranty, or if you are beyond the year warranty, ask about the Canon Loyalty program where you can upgrade your camera for a deep discount for another model with a 6 month warranty.