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Screen works in playback mode but turns off in camera mode as if batteries are going dead.

Camera turns on and works fine in playback mode. But as soon as you press the shutter button, the power goes off leaving a blank screen. We went to the beach last fall -- could it be sand? However, the camera worked fine until just a few months ago. Wanted to open it up to see if I could see any sand, but don't have a screwdriver small enough to do the job. Any suggestions?? Need to get it fixed quick with the holidays coming up!

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  • shant121 Dec 31, 2007

    I have a FujiA345 and have the same problem. Wonder if this problem will be solved by reinstalling the the camera software.

  • Rochbomb Jan 03, 2008

    The same thing happens to mine. I can do playback mode, but when I turn it on and take a picute it shows it on the screen for a short moment and then shuts off. If I go to playback to see if it took it did not. I have tried changing the batteries serveral times but no difference. It doesn't show a low battery symbol in the corner either. What could be wrong.

  • magnum45 May 08, 2008

    The same problem.

  • ikonizm Jun 09, 2008

    I've just experienced the same problem. I thought it was probably because my rechargeable batteries had run low (although it's never behaved in this way before) so I tried it with some new non-rechargable batteries. But the problem persisted. However, I've just tried it again with fresh rechargable batteries and it appears to be working again. Strange!

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For some reason, Fuji does not emphasize that if your batteries get low, this is what happens. You just need recharged batteries or new batteries. Be careful with rechargables--before recharging them when this happens, you first have to drain them using the discharge mode of your camera. Then they will take a complete charge. (Good for some 300 charges or so, I believe.) But if you don't discharge them first, they will take less and less of a charge, and last shorter and shorter. If you use regular batteries, they might not last for 50 pics before running out of juice.

Posted on Feb 24, 2008

  • Richard Roberts Mar 29, 2008

    One last comment: Fuji states that you should try to clean the metal connectors to the battery posts. (They don't say how, but likely some abrasive like non-soapy steel wool would do the trick.)

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This always happened to me when my batteries were low. Disappeared as soon as I changed them.

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