Had the very same problem. Returned it to CANON through the store I purchased it from. CANON said it was a problem with the shutter circuit and the cost to repair was going to be around $200.00!! I was and am not impressed. CANON would not deal with me direct unless I ship the camera direct to them. The retailer told me that I shouldn't pay to fix it and get a new camera. The camera cost me $600.00 and almost to the day the warranty expired, the batteries started draining! I will get a new camera and it won't be a CANON AND I will also return the camera direct to CANON telling them to fix it at no charge or replace. That way, at least, I'll have something I can sell.
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this may depend on what batteries are being used or some error of the camera or its settings.
1 when this happens try to open the battery compartment and close it again after a few seconds and see if this resolves the problem.
2 test the batteries in some other device such as a torch or other device and see if they work in that if so it maybe a problem with your camera or its settings.
3 if you are using regargeable batteries check in your camera setting if
there is a battery type setting and ensure it is set to the same as the
batteries you are using. it is wise to use NiMh or other rechargeable batteries with a high rating such as 1000 or 1800 mAh normal alcaline batteries may not have the power to operate the camera for long.
note: if the flash is being used this will also run down batteries quicker also if images or video clips are being viewed on the camera this will also cause faster battery usage. also if the camera is being switched on and off after each few shots this may also reduce bettery life through lens extension and retraction, it maybe better to leave the camera on longer than keep switcing it off see if you have a power setting and set the camera to switch off automatically after 3 minutes if not being used then to keep the camera open if shot opertunities are still ripe the just half depress the shutter button to keep the camera live. this may help.
if this does not improve then recommend to replace the batteries as they maybe defective or the camera go to a certifed agent for testing.
Short answer - yes.
Manufacturers have become very good at making products that are reliable for exactly 1 year.
Usually it's small components that have a deffinate shelf life.
I would first check that you are using the correct battery for it. Even if it looks like it takes standard AA's - they often will only work for original spec rechargable blocks.
If this does not solve it - write a letter to Olympus saying how dissapointed you are with their product.
They may offer you a good deal on a repair hopefully.
Unfortunately Sony and HP are even worse - HP and lexmark printers now stop working after a period of time - telling you to buy more ink - even though you still have plenty.
How old are the rechargeables? They really aren't meant to last more than a year or two, regardless of how much they were used. If more than a year old, recommend replacing them.
Now you didn't mention the type of rechargeables. If standard AA NiMH, just go to your local retailer such as WalMart. But if it's a battery made specifically for your camera, recommend Amazon.com as they list many generic low-cost alternatives. Just make sure to choose based on user ratings.
I would strongly suggest new, I mean NEW batteries, first.
You may be confident with your current batteries, but don't trust any rechargables you have, as they lose their 'power' (ability to supply enough current at the nominated voltage).
Also, don't trust any cheap batteries you have, definately no carbon type batteries.
Go buy some new Alkaline batteries (Energizer or Duracell, or some cheap Panasonic or Varta alkalines) and then we'll go from there.
This is an important step. Sorry if I'm stating the obvious, but a far far majority of digital camera faults and power related.
Let us know how this works out.
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I've been having problems with the batteries and the camera refusing to start even with fresh batteries. I bought loads of new rechargable batteries and have finally found some that work. Duracell rechargables. Theyr'e brilliant and keep their charge for ages despite continuous use of the camera! Last summer I managed to take 975 photos before the batteries finally decided to give up!
I think I Had that problem too. mine also quite suddenly started showing low battery even on new ones...
it seemed better with non-rechargeable types.
Now the reason I'm on this site is as the lens doesn't open.