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What batteries are you using ? Some batteries, although the correct nominal voltage for the camera, are not powerful enough for continued use. I have found the best solution is to use rechargeable NiMH batteries of at least 2100 MaH, preferably 2500 MaH.
Check for any of the interior lights especially the glove box staying on, or one of the door switches stuck in the on position.. Other option is to pull all the fuses, then replace them one at a time overnight and monitor the battery. Soon as the battery gets drained you've found the circuit causing the problem, then troubleshoot that circuit.
With 206,000 hits when you type 'Finepix A700 problems', it is MORE than just batteries!!!! The camera model was pulled off the market because it has real issues internally draining the battery if you go to view your pictures. I hear there is a factory fix for it if you want to pay them. I haven't called them yet.
This is definately not a common problem the battery under normal use should last about a year. I beleive what is causeing this is you either have the exposure preview switch or the exposure memory switch turned on causeing the exposure meter to be taking a reading all the time and draining the battery. Those switches are located on the front of the camera to the left of the lens. If this doesn't resolve the issue I would have the camera looked at by an camera repair technician.
It sounds like a short in the circuit board. Not worth getting fixed unless you find a local person. but first try puting a set of lithium batteries in. sometimes those last forever even when other batteries last less than 10 shots.
other wise try takeing the batteries out whenever you are done and see how long they last that way. then you will know if it is a short if they last a long time.
The CompactFlash card may have caused the batteries to drain. Some solid state CompactFlash cards consume power while inserted in the FinePix S7000 even if the camera is turned OFF. Fujifilm recommends removing the CompactFlash card when the camera is not in use. Microdrives and xD-Picture Cards do not exhibit this problem.