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Seems like batteries don't work, but . . .

Camera quit working. I figured the Ni-Mh batteries quit. I bought new batteries and the camera still didn't work. I hit the reset button and the camera was back, but only for a little while. I shot about thirty-forty photos and now the battery light keeps flashing and it won't work at all even with a fresh charge. If I hit the reset button now, the problem goes away momentarily, but comes right back after one or two shots. I've tried three different brands of rechargeable batteries and the problem remains.

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  • Joseph Long Dec 03, 2012

    There is definitely something that drains the batteries in this camera at a higher rate than when it was new. I bought some 1200 aH batteries and that has helped, but it's also something internal. I find that turning the unit on when simultaneously pressing the on button and the menu and the execute button does a soft reset and the battery indicator level will read full whereas just turning it on makes it read as barely full, which causes the camera to think there is no juice in the batteries.

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I think the problem was either dirty battery contacts or a broken connection somewhere with the battery terminals. I'd cleaned the contacts a number of times with a pencil eraser before, but nothing worked. This time, I just did it again and paid careful attention that both contacts on the battery door were protruding properly--could be that one of the contacts got pushed back such that it wasn't making proper battery contact. All I know is that it's working now, perfectly, after sitting for a couple of years on the shelf. I really like this camera.

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