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Finepix S9000 won't turn on with fully charged batteries

Two days ago my camera suddenly started showing a low battery icon within minutes of inserting fully charged NiMH batteries. Sometimes it lets me take a few pictures; more often it shuts down within seconds. This happens with both sets of batteries I've alternated successfully for a long time. With a new set of fully charged batteries, the camera won't even turn on or make any sound. Yet those new batteries work with my portable CD player, so it doesn't seem like the problem is with the batteries!

I've cleaned all the battery contact points with a rubber eraser. No change.

I don't know if this is related to something else that happened JUST BEFORE this problem appeared. I had downloaded my images as always with a universal card reader connected to my computer via USB. When I reinserted the 1gb xD picture card in the camera, I got a "card not initialised" message. This had never happened before, and on putting the card back into the card reader, the computer immediately accessed all the images which were still on it. The camera would not re-format the card. Although I was able to navigate through the menus to the formatting command, the Menu/OK button would not respond. The only thing I WAS able to do was reset the date and time in the camera, but I could do nothing with the card. Finally in desperation I put the picture card back in the card reader/computer and opened its window. It showed some Macintosh files (e.g. "Trashes"), even though I actually downloaded the images by accessing the card reader through my Windows "Parallels Desktop" software on my MacBook [however, the Mac had TRIED to download the images when I first inserted the card in the reader, before I remembered I should have enabled the card reader device in Parallels before inserting the picture card in the reader. I had immediately closed down the iPhotos program without downloading the images into the Mac, but that must have been when those little files were put on my picture card.] What I did, trying to solve the problem with the card, was to delete those Mac files (there were two of them, I believe), and to my relief, when I put the card back into the camera, it worked again. I was able to erase all the images within the camera, as I've always done, and to take pictures again.

But shortly after that, the camera told me I had low batteries, which soon ran out, and I've had the problem described above, ever since.

To complicate matters, though, tonight I tried inserting the 512mb picture card from my Fujifilm F700 camera into the S9000, and the same battery problems still occurred.

So I don't really know if the two problems are related or merely an amazing coincidence. I have tried four sets of fully charged rechargeable NiMH batteries with it: with the original two sets the camera comes on briefly, shows "battery low" and then shuts off after a few seconds. With another set that I usually use in another digital device, the camera makes a faint "click" but won't turn on. With the brand-new set just bought today and charged up, the camera doesn't even make a click. NOTE: I just now inserted a new set of alkaline AA batteries (which I've never used with this camera), and the camera insisted I reset the date and time (something I've never normally had to do when changing batteries). I left it on for three minutes and took a few pictures, and the "battery low" icon did not appear. I don't know how long these batteries will last, in use -- will try it tomorrow. But on inserting the rechargeables again, the same problem recurred.

I use my camera constantly on a semi-professional basis. To make matters worse, my Finepix F700 just last week started putting an uneven white border around all the photos. So I've gone from two good working cameras to none, in a matter of days, and neither camera has been dropped or subjected to any damaging conditions! I'm feeling desperate, and this problem seems to weird for you to be able to sort out by e-mail, but I don't know where else to turn.

So thanks for any advice you can give me.

Warm regards,

Lethea Erz in rural New Zealand

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  • Anonymous Nov 11, 2007

    The same thing happened to my PDC 5080 from Polaroid. It worked fine but after i uploaded my pictures to my computer the camera just wont turn on.

  • Jean-Luc Nov 28, 2007

    I have a Fuji FinePix E550. It goes through batteries very fast. In just a couple hours new alkaline batteries can get used up. This problem did not occur instantaneously, but developed rather quickly.

  • auntydoris Jan 07, 2008

    I have exactly the same issue with my Finepix E550 - the set of batteries that had worked for a good while with no problem at all suddenly started showing no charge after a couple of minutes even after a full refresh. I bought new batteries thinking that they were the likely cause but the new ones show exactly the same problem. I carried on using the camera for a while like this, but things have now degraded so far that I can touch the power button and it will beep and turn off instantly. Using normal AAs in there will allow me to take maybe 2 photos before the same thing happens so I feel this is more likely to be a problem with the camera than the batteries. I have unfortunately yet to find a fix to this, and would buy a new camera but I recall a similar thing happened to my Sony DSC-P1 a few years back so I wonder if I'm somehow destroying cameras through my actions even though I'm pretty careful with them and can't think of anything that has happened just before the cameras started to go funny.

  • jk53 Feb 20, 2008

    I've had the same problem with Finepix F10.

  • fraserco Mar 01, 2008

    I have been having the same exact problem as auntydoris, rechargeable batteries not working at all and alkalines only getting 1 - 2 pics. This had been my most favorite camera ever, but it is creeping to the bottom of my list rather quickly. I hope someone can figure out a solution. I've tried to discharge the batteries, as described in the manual, but that hasn't fixed the problem either.

  • Anonymous Apr 06, 2008

    I had similar problem with my Finepix 602S. But I reloaded the batteries totally twice and after the third time the batteries has been extremly good. From the beginnig I tried with non-recharchable batteries while I thought that the higher voltage would be better. But no way. The rechargable batteries after some charge and rech. was much better, the only alternetive for that camera.
    My point of veiw is that is som starting problem with all rechargeable Nimh, not a problem with the camera. Finepix cameras i normally very good.
    Per-Olof B. Eriksson, Sweden

  • Polypost Jul 19, 2008

    Same problem with FinePix A600 camera. Even got new NiMh Rayovac Hybrid batteries - same problem. I can't even set the date/time. It just shuts off. Will try to fully discharge and see if this helps. Too many problems with Fuji - they should do something about this!



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Stoppa dina batterier i en ficklampa och låt den lysa tills den slocknar. Då är batterierna klara för en ny uppladdning. Detta oavsett om det är NiCd eller NiMH.
Per-Olof B.E.

Posted on Aug 04, 2008


I have the exactly same problem on my E550, I also use AC adapter to test it, it works without any question, the conclusion I got focus on the circuit of E550, may be some parts was old enough that they need more Amp. to work, in other word, batteries won't provide enough juice to make them work correctly even you use new batteries. This is the issue regarding the quality of E550, Fujifilm should responsible for this, and we need sue fujifilm on this particular issue

Posted on Feb 03, 2008

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A solotion is to totally discharge the batteries. Totally! You need to connect the batteries to a resistor.( 10 ohms, 5W) and check when the voltage is below 0,5V each. Then you can charge again.
They say that NiMh dont need to be discharged like NiCd but that must be wrong. I can tell you that I bought a Nikon D1X very cheap from a big photo-shop while the batteries didn't stands for more than a few pictures. (The batteries would cost about $600 they said) But I discharged only the batteries(2) and after that I could take hundreds of pictures before recharging.
So: Discharge your NiMh-batteries totally before charging! (Specially new batteries.)
Per-Olof B.Eriksson, Stockholm Sweden

Posted on Apr 06, 2008

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