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Batteries discharge quickly even if the camera isn't being used. I have three batteries and two are over one year old.

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It is recommended that if batteries are not going to be used for long periods they should be removed from the camera altogether during that time.

If you are referring to rechargeables the ability to retain charge is effected both by the age of the battery and the number of times it has been recharged.

Canon cameras are generally one of the better cameras in terms of being economic on power. It is likely that this problem is battery related and not camera related.

As it is also important not to mix old and new batteries together - I would recommend that you purchase new rechargeables. Three new rechargeables batteries in your Canon should resolve your problem and give the best results.

Thanks for using FixYa.

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