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Battery Problem When fully charged the camera will work for a few hours. It can be switched off annd back on again and will run with no little loss of charge after 8 hours or so. If a fully charged battery is fitted but is not turned on the camera will not even switch on after about 15 hours - the battery is totally run down. New batteries have been used but no difference is found. This has happened from new. It was returned to Nikon UK's service department with a covering letter trying to explain the problem but they said there was no problem found. I know that li-ion rechargeable batteries do not hold their charge for days on end but I would expect it to last at least 3-5 days while not in use. It means that if I wish to use the camera I have to charge the battery immediately prior to operation. The performance of the Coolpix 8700 is perfect in every other respect. I only purchased this camera after using Coolpix 5000 cameras at the university where I worked. (these cameras held a full charge for more than 2 weeks if not used.

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Sorry this isn't a solution, but I wish my 8700 would last even as long as yours does. 2 hours, period. on or off, taking pictures or not, two hours & it's a stone dead battery. Just on the off chance it will help I'm about to upgrade the firmware to 1.3 (I don't really think it will help). After that I've decided to take the camera apart & try to find the problem or possibly just a hack that will let me turn it OFF without removing the battery. I'd as soon have a bunch of bits for the project bin as have to put up with this 2 hour battery life problem. Good luck with your problem, and if I find anything worth while I'll post back.

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