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Shoter battery life

I have a powershot s2 is and i use canon cbk2-400 charger battery kit.but i get 247 to 287 shot after full charge.whatever the reason?i have been using this since last one year.whereas its mentioned in manual book that its possible to get 560 shots after full charge.

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Re: shoter battery life

Well after a year of using the camera its battery slowly decreses and soon after a couple more years it wont hold its charge. you need to keep a back up battery

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