I was using my camera to zoom in and it just shut itself down...now when i try to turn it on it powers on, then off again quickly a few times and then powers off. Even when it powers on, nothing shows up on the screen...ideas?
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Using the zoom requires the motor which pulls more power than the camera when idle. If the battery is close to exhausted it will shut the camera off when you zoom. If this isn't the case your zoom may be stuck and the camera shuts down to prevent damage.
Hello ..Yes please make sure your batteries are fully charged..If battery is charged and still shuts down..There is a good chance lens was hit or bumped.When lenses are bumped the camera will try to extend lens upon power up as part of cycle.If camera detect problem with lens not opening..Then it will shut down...
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.
I would say to check the batteries and their connecting surfaces plus the contacts in the battery compartment. With bad connections on the batteries, when the camera zooms slowly it does not use much power. When zooming fast it uses more power (current) and if the batteries are making a poor contact the camera will shut down due to low volts. Check that first before spending big money. If you are using Duracell batteries, they have a short + pip end which some devices will not work with them due to poor conection. Compair a duracell battery with another brand. see the difference on the + end.
It could be the batteries running low. The mechanical zoom consumes battery power and at a certain point the camera will turn itself off. If you wait a minute and turn it back on it seems OK, until you try the zoom again. If you are using non-Canon batteries the camera doesn't always detect the battery level accurately and may flash "low battery" when there is still power remaining, or just turn itself off without warning. So I suggest changing the batteries and check that the battery terminals are not dirty or loose.
Don't think you'll have to send it in for repair. How old is your battery? Keep in mind that it isn't meant to last for more than a year or two, regardless of how often it is used. A camera will automatically shut down if its battery power is getting low. This usually occurs when the camera is doing power intensive actions, such as zooming (it uses a motor). Anyways, Amazon has some generic options for you if your battery may be over-the-hill:
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In your case though, I would try to turn it on with playback mode selected on startup, to prevent the zoom from extending. This way you will know if the problem is connected to the zoom, or other mechanisms.
In any case, if it's not a battery/battery door/card problem, you'll need to send it for repair, or find a shop that can handle it, and it's rarely a cheap repair.
Make sure to use good NiMH batteries.
Another possiblity is a problem with the card. Borrow a card and see if it has any effect. check to see that the pins in the card slot are all aligned, none out of place. check that the card door and the battery door close firmly, with some pressure. The camera can shut down when it has a problem detecting that the doors are closed.
When it does turn on, play with the zoom without taking pictures, zoom in and out, if during zoom the camera shuts down then you might have a lens problem, something is malfunctioning in the lens mechanism and the camera shuts down to prevent damage.