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Batteries are Depleted

There is something wrong with my camera when I insert the batteries and I take a few pictures the screen turns red and says batteries are depleted camera shutting down, I turn the camera on again for a few seconds it does it again I don't know if there is something wrong with the camera or something wrong in the battery department. I hope someone can help me out. The camera is now 2years old no more warranty.

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  • Anonymous Dec 17, 2007

    I put new batteries in the camera and yet it tells me battery low camera shutting off

  • redsox_bite Jan 29, 2008

    I have the same exact problem.

  • huukhanh0309 Jul 16, 2008

    my camera is too, Although i use the new bateries or adaptor. There 's " bateries's depleted" on the red screen, After that it turn off automatically.Sometime in the few case it shut down but the lens's still outside.I do not know why?

  • Anonymous Dec 21, 2008

    My Camera is doing the same thing, it keeps saying change batteries. I even put rechargeable batteries in and it says the same thing. HELP

  • Anonymous Apr 28, 2009

    drains batteries way too soon, even rechargable nicads

  • Anonymous May 18, 2009

    Same thing



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The M407 shares a problem common to many cameras using only two AA batteries. Because of the low voltage, the camera must draw quite a bit of current to have the same power as 4-battery or Li-ion powered models. This higher current results in more voltage losses at all connection points, such as where the batteries touch the camera contacts. As a result, this camera is more sensitive than most to battery condition. On top of it all, I suspect the M407 may be a battery hog to begin with.

I've had decent results with both of the following solutions: (1) Use only "new", "good" NiMH rechargeables that have low output impedance, so that their voltage does not drop so much as a function of current. Sanyo Eneloop batteries (white case) are among the best for this camera. (2) Use lithium primary batteries, which have both low output impedance as well as a slightly-higher output voltage. These work very well, but are a more expensive solution because they are not rechargeable. Great for the person who only pulls out the camera every month or so, though, because litium primaries have a great shelf life.

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Posted on Nov 06, 2009

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A camera rep told me that use about 2500mi (?) batteries instead of the 900 I was using otherwise the batteries will be depleted with just one picture. Digital cameras or any other digital piece of equipment needs the extra power. Make sure that your charger will charge the 2500 power ones fully.

Posted on Apr 12, 2008

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I have the same camera-It needs rechargeable or Lithium batteries.Alkaline batteries last about 2 seconds in this model.

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I have the same camera and u have to buy rechargeable batteries or after pressing shutter it shuts off

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Are you using Rechargeable batteries or Alkaline batteries?

My guess is you are using Alkaline (disposable batteries). There are very few digital cameras that well run on alkaline batteries. Most (inlcuding the HP cameras) require rechargeable NiMH or lithium.

A pair of rechargeables with charger will be $20 bucks at most but it will take far more pictures and will last you at least 500 charge/discharge cycles.

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