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Bad Battery My DIgimax 530 has had battery problems for some time now. I know that this problem has not been like this forever. When I put a new battery in, it uses it quite quickly, then says low battery. The only problem is, when I test the batteries with my battery tester, it says that they are partially full (still in the "good" zone). I am just a kid and don't have much money, I use it for the video feature. It's warranty has timed out, Is there a simple solution?

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  • fortun81 Feb 17, 2009

    exactly the same problem here and there isnt any support at the SAmsung site. we ought to tell them there is NO support online for there products, why should we buy from them if they cannot offer support. I guess its a throw away society. Shameful that they got so rich and now dont care.
    email them...if it matters we will find out!

  • RV Granny Mar 16, 2009

    I have had problems for a long time with the camera using up batteries extremely fast. I returned the camera when it was still under warranty but nothing was changed when I got it back. I have gotten in the habit of removing the batteries anytime I am not going to be taking additional pictures in a very short period of time. I also found there is no support or even a memory of this camera on Samsung's site. My next camera will be a different brand.

  • lisavox413 Apr 01, 2009

    I have the same problem. My camera worked for just under a year and now when I turn it on I get the "low battery alert" and then it shuts itself off. I've tried all different brands of brand new batteries. I used this product for not even a year and now it's worthless to me. Hmmmmmm, made in China.



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Hi there,

This isn't a 100% solution but it did help. I have had this camera for about 5 years now, and about 3 years ago the "low battery" signal kept appearing on my screen, it got to the point where it would just come on then turn off, even with brand new fully functional batteries. I filed it away in my box of useless **** and decided to take it out the other day as I hated relying on my mom's camera. I came to the conclusion that its clearly not a battery issue but the signal telling the camera the battery is low... i noticed the metal tab on the door for the batteries was sitting lower than the plastic guide beside it, i took a pocket knife and bent the tab back out so it was sitting higher than the plastic tab. Turned the camera on and voila! the camera stayed on and was able to take pictures again. I think what happens is after time the metal tab gets bent down to the point the plastic guide makes contact with the battery and the metal tab doesn't. Worked for me I hope it does the trick for others!

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I have the same problem, and have found no solution anywhere. The metal tab that was mentioned is not going to do anything except make a good battery connection if was is bad anyway. If one is bad its because the metal plate itself has a coating you cant see and needs cleaned. Best clean the silver metal plate with alcohol (91%) to get rid of any film that might exist. this will allow your camera to now operate again but it does not resolve the low battery issue. I do believe the cameras are flaky. I will open one up and trace the battery connections and see if there is something I can do. If that doesn't work I will experiment with a one more battery added. Look it doesn't work now, and I am not going to pay for repair. You can pick these cameras up for about $10 - $15 or even less. Problem is thats because they have the same problem.
I suspect it's in the voltage regulator circuit. Either the voltage is truly low at the output from the regulator which means the regulator circuit is not working or it is not and the voltage low circuit is messed up and is shutting it down. Possible the reference voltage for the regulator is fried and causing the regulator to output a lower voltage. It might be built in on a single chip where one can't do anything with it. I will get back with my solution or not.

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  • Ernest Taylor Apr 09, 2010

    I have got my camera working again without it saying low battery.
    I said I would be back and here I am. I will still do more research when I have more time. For now for testing purposes I have a third battery. This gives it 4.5 volts. It turns on and stays on with no ill effects. This camera was one I bought on ebay and repaired, so am not worried about ruining it. The one thing I noticed is that the flash does not go off at the proper time when the camera takes a pic. It will however work with the flash properly in the inside house mode or low light. I am curious if your camera does the same thing,before an extra battery is added. That will give me a clue to see if these two problems are related. The problem of low battery and the flash not working in sync with the picture being taken. What I did was leave the battery door open. Connect the negative of the one battery in the camera to the positive of the extra battery, and the negative of the extra battery to the positive of the other battery that is showing at the battery door. Never close the battery door when doing this experiment. I used tape to hold it in place. No this is not a solution, but i am working on it. At least now I know I can still use my camera. I used alkaline batteries for the test. What would be more closer to the correct voltage would be three nicad batteries. They are 1.2 volts each instead of 1.5 volts for alkaline. That would give you a total voltage of 3.6. Now with that said, My next step will be to use a 3.6 volt lithium Ion battery in one battery slot and use a dummy battery in the other battery slot. The dummy battery is nothing more than hollow plastic tube that has been fitted with the the actual top and bottom of an old battery. Just the metal parts, with a jumper wire to connect top and bottom together. You could use enough aluminum foil to be as hard and as long as a battery and slide it in the battery slot. That way you would a lith battery on one side and foil on the other and you could shut the door.
    Now another way to fix this is to use a lithium ion battery and get a battery holder from Radio Shack to put it in, and then get a power plug to fit the power hole in the camera. You know the one used when you use the AC adapter. It calls for 3.3 volts, but so what! Use a rechargeable 3.6 lithium ion battery or better yet two of them or more in parallel. That way you still have 3.6 volts but will last a long time. get the holders at the Radio Shack store. carry the holder on your person and just plug it in the ac adapter slot. I have not tried it yet, But I am sure it will work. If it doesn't then switch it out with two 1.5 volts in series. I will have an answer and draw out a diagram and take pics of how to make it work with the battery door shut and no cables. That will be next time when I have a bit more time. I will post the how top on my web site. For now you can experiment.

  • Ernest Taylor Apr 09, 2010

    Clarification: I actually soldered the battery connections and used tape to hold the extra battery in place on my camera



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