Every time I try to use my camera, it powers up just fine, I can access the menus just fine, and everything seems fine. Then, when I actually start taking pictures and go back to look at them, half of them are displayed as file errors. And when they're transferred to my PC, they are 0 byte nonexistant files.
Then, even though my camera's battery life reads full, it will shut off seemingly at random due to 'low battery life'. This often happens when I'm trying to look at photos I've already taken. When this happens, the camera often freezes on that screen until I manually take the batteries out. The funny part, however, is that after this stuff happens, I can turn the camera back on just fine... and the battery life still reads full... but that doesn't stop it from shutting down every minute or so when I try to use it.
I've tried alkalines, lithiums, and all the others, but every type has the exact problem and won't let my camera do its job for more than a minute. what give?
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It seems there is some where inside the camera leakage..
Are you using Li-ion rechargeable batteries or AA batteries
For previously cameras, always comes with AA batteries, and most of the battery are with low capacity.
its just a matter of batteries...some are not powerful enough to operate the camera ....Try to change them and buy some real good ones..like Duracell or Tatra...do not make any compromises when buy the batteries...get the best cause these kinda cameras really require powerful ones...or ...try to get a set of rechargeable ...
It is usually a battery strength issue. Try this, set the flash to "no flash" mode and try to take a shot. If it works with the flash set to "off", the batteries are probably not strong enough to power up the flash and shoot. If that doesn't work, try really, really GOOD batteries. Most of my customers with this problem solve the issue with Energizer Lithium AA batteries. We sell lots of these batteries, and it usually solves the problem.
Just set the proper battery type by:
- Pressing MENU/OK button - Scroll to the right until you are in SETUP 2 - Keep on scrolling down and look for battery type - Press the right button to pick up on 2 options like Alkaline and Ni-MH - Press MENU/OK for changes to be saved - Keep pressing MENU/OK to get out of the MENU
Once, it's done, camera needs to be turned off for a few seconds so that settings made will be refreshed with the camera.
As you turn camera on, you're now ready to take many pictures.
ALKALINE (Non-rechargeable) batteries when set to the correct battery type will really take a maximum of 100 pictures.
It really doesn't matter if you'll be using 2500mAh. So long as those are the recommended batteries, those will work.
This is the camera trying to give itself enough light to focus with.
As it uses contrast to focus with you will get problems in low light conditions. There's no way round this I'm afraid except to light the subject better. As it's a digital camera and you're not wasting film, try manual focus and see what results you get.
First off, everything was not fine until this morning. You had this occur a month ago. Frankly, I would have done exactly as you did a month ago and nothing more. I have seen too many electrical problems permanently solved by turning a device off and then on, or by rebooting.
Here is what I would generally recommend:
1. See what the camera manual suggests.
2. Charge the batteries fully before using them. New ones are often not charged up. They could have been in a warehouse for months.
3. The electrical contacts on your camera, the ones that interface with the batteries, may be a little corroded. If you can access them easily, try cleaning them with the eraser on the end of a pencil. Same with the batteries themselves.
4. If exposed to prolonged high humidity, electrical problems may include not only the power supply, but other electrical switches, such as the reset button., which you cannot address on your own.
5. Call Sony.
You need to begin using rechargeable batteries immediately.
Look for nickle metal hydride (NiMH) cells that are at least 1800 mah and preferrably more than 2000 mah. Get two sets and a charger. Print this and take it with you.
You can buy these at any electronics store.
You'll need to charge the batteries before you can use them. And they don't really give you full life until they've been charged and discharged a couple of times. In other words, the first few times, you'll get a shorter life cycle before they run down.
But you should see a marked improvement almost immediately.