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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The main complaint against compact digital cameras used to be battery life. This was in the days when a 4 or 6MP would have been top-of-the-range.
The life of standard zinc-carbon batteries could be measured in minutes rather than hours and decent alkaline batteries might last the duration of a wedding but might not.
Manufacturers rushed to produce better batteries to meet the booming new market and the camera manufacturers began fitting rechargeable lithium batteries as standard in basic and lower cost cameras and with further developments in technology batteries now last much longer.
Leaving the batteries fitted into the camera when it wasn't being used didn't help much as the circuitry had to be kept alive to retain the settings.
Your camera might have a fault causing the batteries to discharge quickly but if it is working ok, probably not. If you have long experience with your camera and it has suddenly started costing lots of batteries it might be a good idea to update it. It has certainly been many years since Kodak cameras had the reputation for quality...
Meanwhile I suggest you use only high-capacity lithium batteries and remove them when the camera is not going to be used for a while.
It depends, if you are using regular Alkaline batteries, those are known to go dead really fast. Better if you try some rechargeable batteries with a rating of at least 2100mAh, anything smaller than that will drain just as quick as Alkalines.
1)teh batteries are not the right typ use or alkaline or only NIMH 2) if shooting a cold area, keep the batteries warm by placing them in a inner pocket, until you ready to use them 3) battery terminal are diry, wipe them very well, with cloth and ethylic alcohol to 70% 4)the batteries have not been used for over a year. God bless you
Rechargeable batteries lose performance when they get older. A three year lifespan is not unusual. Note that your camera does not use "normal" AA batteries. It should be using rechargeable NiMH or disposable lithium AA's only, although alkaline (e.g. regular Duracell) can be used but will run flat very quickly. Anything else will either run flat far too quickly or will provide a false battery charge level indication.
Without more information I'd head straight for the batteries. Some cheap rechargeable batteries don't last long and if they are old they could get to the stage of dying. Something nimh Batteries do well is die very quickly. if they are reasonably new it's possible for just one cell to die which would stop current from flowing from the others. Try a new set of high drain alkaline camera batteries and try them. if all works normally then buy a couple of sets of rechargeables. Make sure they are good quality, not cheap and nasty.
I've had that very same problem with it, too. I'd recommend a couple of things for it.
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.
Also, if you download pictures from your camera to your PC, unplug it right after you download. For some odd reason, leaving it plugged into my computer has seemed to make the batteries weak as well.
Finally, I'd just get a big, cheap package of AAAs (Ray-o-vac tends to be the cheapest.) from WalMart or wherever, because this is just a cheap camera, and I guess when all is said and done, you get what you pay for. :P
I had the same problem. After trying several different new batteries I bought high grade Lithium batteries. This worked! Before getting a new camera try spending $15 on quality batteries. It worked for me.