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Batteries Dying Quickly

After three years the camera started draining batteries very quickly. It seems to work fine if I turn it on, take a couple of pictures, then turn off. When left on, it goes into sleep mode and cannot come out unless you open battery door, press on switch with it open, then close door. Again, the camera will work. If you use and leave on, taking a picture every couple of minutes, it very soon drains batteries. They used to last a long time.

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  • SamTed Mar 29, 2008

    This solution may work. Except HOW?? There is no obvious way to get to the internal battery, and it only mentions it in the user manual, with no information.



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Change the internal rechargeable battery.

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A) Try to take fewer photos that require a flash as that REALLY drains the batteries, and

B) Try installing a memory card for your photos. I got one that was about $10 at WalMart, and I'm not sure WHY, but it seems to have made the camera drain less quickly.

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