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Bought this camera in 2004. Has given me many good years of service. But for the last few months, I have not been able to use it. When I turn it on (with good batteries), it stays on for a minute, then shuts down......saying that the batteries are depleted. Sometimes I can get 2 photos before it shuts down.

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  • fred gray May 11, 2009

    I had read that elsewhere too. I will try it.

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Switch over to 2500 mAh rechargeable batteries and you will see a difference.
Digital cameras with zoom lens need more power than what can be supplied by ordinary batteries.


Bring along spare batteries if you are shooting for events. You will find batteries wear out very fast in situations where you need to supplement the lighting condition with flashes and do a lot of zooming to get close to your subjects.

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