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Same problem..lots of life left but camera says CHANGE

The batteries still have plenty of life, but the camera says they need changing and turns off. VERY frustrating.

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  • brucepotter Sep 13, 2009

    Gee...you don't think that was the first thing tried? 4 different types of batteries...all new...all different NIMH..same 1.2 vlts...all the same result. Now using 2600 NIMH. Let's make it clear..these cameras have a defective indicator from the factory and the problem is widespread. What we need is a FIX or a workaround. It would be nice if we could dsconnect the sensor. Incidentally, mine will run for hours on the "slideshow" mode after it will not even turn on to take a picture.

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How many volts do the batteries have on each of them? Many devices will not work if even one battery is less than the rated value of the battery like 1.5 volts. One battery low or bad draws down the others in series with it. It will be seen as a resistance and not a power source.

Try a new set or if you can use a fresh set of Alkaline.

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