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Battery drain The batteries seem to drain quickly even when not in use. We bought new rechargables thinking it was the batteries but could it be the camera. Is there something that may be draining the batteries?

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Re: battery drain

Some models of camera do this, it's like a standby mode.

you can bypass this by blocking the terminals with a piece of paper or plastic, which you remove when you want to use, this should protect the battery life, however you will have to remove the paper/plastic when you wish to use the camera.

Posted on Oct 13, 2007

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