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Battery life When I first had this camera, about 3 years ago, the rechargeable batteries I bought seemed to last for ages. But more recently the "low battery warning" has been coming on very shortly after inserting freshly charged batteries. I have tried using ordinary batteries (high powered) but even with these I can only take a few pictures before the warning light comes on. Once the light is on, the camera goes dead after a few more pictures so it's not giving me a false "low battery" warning in that sense. Clearly the batteries are OK if I am using new ones, unless for some weird reason the camera is draining them super-fast, so what's the problem? Any help would be much appreciated!

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The rechargeables are only meant to last a couple years maximum (pretty good that you got three out of them). Also rechargeable NiMH's have approximately 5 times the power of standard alkaline batteries. Alkaline batteries should only be used in emergencies in digital cameras as they will only last for a short while before they are drained (as you've discovered).

The obvious solution is that it's time to consider purchasing a new set of rechargeable NiMH batteries. Look on the package for a power rating of at least 2,500 mah. Avoid batteries that do not list the power rating as they are generally inferior batteries.

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I cant take credit for this, I found it elsewhere on another forum, but it sure worked for me. CLEAN the contacts in the battery compartment thoroughly with alcohol, use a *small* bit of WD40 on a ear cleaning bud after that. Do the same to the metal (+ and - contacts) on the battery itself. Things should work fine after that. Did for me.

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    I cant take credit for this, I found it elsewhere on another forum, but
    it sure worked for me. CLEAN the contacts in the battery compartment
    thoroughly with alcohol, use a *small* bit of WD40 on a ear cleaning
    bud after that. Do the same to the metal (+ and - contacts) on the
    battery itself. Things should work fine after that. Did for me.



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I have the same problem, and I have used different brands, rechargeable non-rechargeable, the new ready to use re-chargeables. Still the low battery light comes on within a shot or 2.

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