Question about Sony Cyber-Shot DSC-W7 Digital Camera

8 Answers

Sony DSC W7 consumes battery in less than 5 minutes

My camera consumes a full charged pair of "AA" batteries in less than 5 minutes. I have tried with several batteries and chagers and the same happens.
Help me please!
Thanks.
Lisandro

Posted by on

  • 22 more comments 
  • Bill Homan Jan 27, 2008

    Same problem - brand new battery, or freshly charged lasts only about 5 minutes

  • doreendoreen Feb 04, 2008

    My DSC-W7 (2005) goes through batteries in no time. We thought it was the rechargeable batteries and replaced them, but it didn't help. I'm trying to see if others have the same problem.

  • GussyPoo Feb 09, 2008

    Same problem here. Tried many different battery types and no luck. An estimate just to look at the camera for possible repair came in at $170. Does anyone know any ideas or at least a place to have it looked at for a reasonable price?

    Thanks

  • hernandez07 Mar 08, 2008

    I have the same camera and mine is doing the same thing. My door is also cracked. Wonder if this is the problem?

  • x6369x Mar 26, 2008

    I have the same problem with my DSC-W7 ...

    It just eats up batteries, even the regular Energizer Alkaline batteries.

    The same batteries last forever in my DSC-W1.



    I could also take a dead battery from the DSC-W7, and put it into the DSC-W1, and it would work fine.

  • PSPSPSPSPS Mar 30, 2008

    I have the same problem with my DSC-W7 ...
    It just eats up batteries and it doesn't matter what batteries I use.

    My battery cover door is cracked. My brother has the same camera and his battery cover door is cracked exactly in the place and exact angle.

  • joonday Apr 17, 2008

    Same problem as well batteries last all of 5 min. My battery door is also cracked.

  • Anonymous Apr 30, 2008

    Same problem here, door cracked, battery lasts only a few minutes.

    In fact, first I've noticed about the batteries, then found this topic, and then noticed about the cracked door :S

  • westy1 May 03, 2008

    Sony DSC W7 consumes new batteries and newly charged rechargable batteries in less than five minutes or two flash pictures. Camera is basically unusable.

  • chris545 Jun 15, 2008

    Don't bother replacing the door. Mine is not cracked and eats batteries, so it is not that.

  • Anonymous Jun 22, 2008

    Mine is fixed (new door). I took about 20 pictures one after the other and still full battery. So it seems to be fixed!

  • kakpui Aug 04, 2008

    Purchased in 2006
    Did not have this problem esp with Video function
    Sent to Sony Service Centre to complain loose contact of function dial.
    They replaced dial but did not upload firmware.
    Finally convinced them that they needed to upload firmware.
    Initially the Sony AA batteries (2500 mHrs) WERE excellent -real lasting
    Then I used Energiser AA 2500 mHrs. Initially OK, but then same problem
    W7 just could not boot even when batteries fully charged.
    Now my whole new set of Sanyo 2700 NiMh batteries just fail to power up
    the Video function.
    On review function it its OK ---battery indicator shows full charge.
    Suspect it is firmware which somehow gives false reading to the camera
    telling it the battery is flat !!!


  • Anonymous Aug 10, 2008

    same as others after several years of use

  • masonkw Sep 12, 2008

    I'm having the same problem except my camera shuts down immediately. I've checked the batteries with a tester and they are fully charged. The only thing I did differently before the problem was to get a larger card. I took it out and put the old one in and it is still having the problem.

  • Anonymous Sep 22, 2008

    Had W5 for 2 yrs, upgraded to W7 2 more years. Sony batteries excellent, Duracelss OK. Panasonic rechargables kind of crappy, die quickly even after recent recharge, or recharged and left unused as spares, 3 days later when I try to use them, charge is gone. This happened before my battery cover started cracking. I don't think thats it. I stuck a piece of plastic across crack to strnghten overall battery door. Looks odd but works fin.

  • smsorensen Sep 27, 2008

    Same problem for me. One picture with fully charged battery and it shuts off. Sony's only attempt at a solution is reset the camera, which does not work.

  • lroutaboul Jan 01, 2009

    To solve this open the camera and remove the battery chamber (be careful with the cable that joins the chamber with the main board because it is very fragile). Once you have the battery chamber, clean all the contacts with a contact cleaner. By all the contacts I mean, the 4 contacts for the batteries and the two contacts (male and female) that join the main board and the chamber. Be careful when you apply the contact cleaner to the main board contact bacause it is a liquid and might harm your lens if it reaches it. I have made this with my camera and worked awesome.

  • mbsbtb Jan 18, 2009

    Hi, how do you change the door on the battery compartment?

  • mbsbtb Jan 18, 2009

    How do I change the door on the battery compartment of my Sony cybershot DSC-W7?

  • Anonymous Mar 07, 2009

    it just stopped working! door is not cracked. another fine sony product, not.

  • prinkles Apr 12, 2009

    I read the solution of removing battery chamber and cleaning all contacts. Seems very plausible to me. Is it possible to get some specific instructions on how to open the camera, to remove the battery chamber. It would be much appreciated.

  • sv-gr Apr 30, 2009

    My battery cover is not cracked, and I am having the same issue...Fully charged batteries drain after 5 to 10 pictures. It scares me to try and remove the battery chamber not really knowing what I’m doing. Is there any way of posting pictures with step by step directions for some of us dummies?

    I’m also experiencing a new problem with my DSC-W7. I can only view the last picture taken. Any thoughts why?

    Thanks

    Sophie

  • doreendoreen May 11, 2010

    Thanks, but the battery door of my camera isn't cracked. Any other thoughts?

  • Anonymous Mar 13, 2014

    how do i remove the old door and attach the new one?

×

Ad

8 Answers

  • Level 1:

    An expert who has achieved level 1.

    Mayor:

    An expert whose answer got voted for 2 times.

  • Contributor
  • 1 Answer

So I had the same problem with my camera. The issue is related to the cracked camera door. The crack protrudes through the large C & E on the bottom of the camera door. When you close the door the negative battery doesn't fully contact the copper node that located on the battery door. The solution I reccomend is to buy a new camera door. If you need a quick fix I would take a small needle & pry up the copper node on the negative side of the battery door. This will allow more contact with the negative side of the battery when the door closes.

Posted on Apr 21, 2008

Ad
  • Level 1:

    An expert who has achieved level 1.

    Mayor:

    An expert whose answer got voted for 2 times.

  • Contributor
  • 1 Answer

I have tried 10 different brands and types of batteries and all after 5 mins of use it shuts down with the battery empty symbol flashing...
So no solution here. My battery door is not cracked.

Nice that tou sell **** sony thank you!!!!! payd 250 euro's for it!!

Mike

Posted on Jul 26, 2009

Ad
  • Level 1:

    An expert who has achieved level 1.

    Mayor:

    An expert whose answer got voted for 2 times.

  • Contributor
  • 1 Answer

Ok, gang, here is what I discovered with my DSC-W7. I initially started getting that camera message that said "please turn camera off then on". It always seemed to happen as I was zooming to the point where the optical zoom gives way to digital zoom for further reach. Sometimes the camera would just go black and the lens would freeze. I'd wait a while, then I could turn it on again. At first, I got my head wrapped around it being a camera logic or chipset problem. Checking the manual, I looked at the recalibration sequence, but that didn't seem to help. With my tech background, and knowing something about battery life and battery characteristics, however, I discovered the problem.

First of all, I was using NiMH rechargables, fairly new batteries. Better than ni-cad, of course, and they should have been fine. I've used NiMH for other gizmos. But I found, in measuring several sets of somewhat used batteries, that they were only reaching about 1.3 volts when fully charged. New AA batteries are 1.5 or even a little more. I surmised that the camera doesn't like working with batteries that are below optimum, and that it must have a fairly high threshold, or what we sometimes refer to when using battery backup systems as a "low voltage disconnect". In major systems, this saves big batteries from deep discharge. Anyway, I got some new, regular, non-rechargable alkaline cells, and also some AA lithium. Both indicated over 1.5. And the camera worked fine on those, even when I really did a lot of zooming, on-off cycles, etc. - to force the lens motors to work and load the batteries. No problems whatsoever.

So, you ask, in the previous scenario, why did the camera work again (if only briefly) after being turned off for a short time? Because batteries that are not completely or deeply discharged have a sort of bounce back characteristic. Just like a car battery that is low, when you try to start a car and it finally goes wow-wow-thud, and then you wait awhile you can crank the engine again somewhat. Same thing. In this case, there was just enough bounce back to bring the battery voltage back over the threshold so the camera would re-start, but shortly after that, under load, it crapped out again.

I have tossed out my NiMH batteries for this camera. Other cameras may have a different voltage threshold, but the W7 seems to be around 1.1 or 1.2 before it says 'I'm outta here'. Once I switched to AA lithium, even though they are throw-away, I get MANY more pics before they die.

This may not answer all W7 problems, but I'll bet it answers many of them in terms of weird behavior. Very likely power related.

Posted on Oct 01, 2008

  • Level 1:

    An expert who has achieved level 1.

  • Contributor
  • 1 Answer

The camera is not actually draining the batteries in 5 minutes. If it were, the batteries would get very hot.

Poor electrical contact between the batteries and the four gold-colored contact points (two on the door, two way down deep in the battery compartment) is causing the camera to incorrectly report that the batteries are exhausted when they really are not - especially when you are drawing a lot of current (charging the flash, taking video).

The DSC-W7 camera is particularly susceptible to this problem because it has poorly designed contact points.

I fixed a DSC-W7 that had this problem by cleaning the four contact points mentioned above with an alcohol-moistened Q-tip. Just use a little alcohol - you don't want it dripping into the camera. Some of my rechargeable batteries still did not work, though, until after I had cleaned them with some alcohol-moistened toilet paper.

In other words, in order to ensure good electrical contact, both the contact points in the camera, and the ends of your batteries need to be nice and clean.

- kc

Posted on Aug 13, 2010

  • Level 1:

    An expert who has achieved level 1.

  • Contributor
  • 1 Answer

Same problem for me. My battery door cracked and I assumed that was the source of the problem. Fully charged 2500 mAh batteries last 5 minutes max. .

Posted on Feb 20, 2008

Try using energizer lithium batteries. Mine was doing that because I broke the charger to the batteries that came with it and I was trying to use regular batteries instead but it would take like 3 pictures and die. I finally figured out that the energizer lithium batteries work and they last a pretty long time.

Posted on Sep 02, 2008

Mine is fixed (new door). I took about 20 pictures one after the other and still full battery. So it seems to be fixed!
I take out the batteries now if unused for a longer time.
Stupid plastic doors...

Posted on Jun 22, 2008

  • Level 1:

    An expert who has achieved level 1.

  • Contributor
  • 1 Answer

I have a DSC-W7 cybershot, I use the factory charger with duracell 2650 batteries I can take pictures most of the day on one set of batts? Also use a 4G mem card. Battery life for me is excellent??

Posted on Sep 06, 2008

1 Suggested Answer

6ya6ya
  • 2 Answers

SOURCE: I have freestanding Series 8 dishwasher. Lately during the filling cycle water hammer is occurring. How can this be resolved

Hi there,
Save hours of searching online or wasting money on unnecessary repairs by talking to a 6YA Expert who can help you resolve this issue over the phone in a minute or two.

Best thing about this new service is that you are never placed on hold and get to talk to real repairmen in the US.

Here's a link to this great service

Good luck!

Posted on Jan 02, 2017

Add Your Answer

Uploading: 0%

my-video-file.mp4

Complete. Click "Add" to insert your video. Add

×

Loading...
Loading...

Related Questions:

1 Answer

How many hours do i charge my battery dor dsc t20 camera?


Hi,
You can charge the battery of the Camera for 4 to 6 hours when used initially. For normal full recharging, it takes, 330 minutes. The practical charge time of the battery is for 270 minutes.
Thanks for using FixYa.

Jul 17, 2011 | Sony Cyber-shot DSC-T20 Digital Camera

1 Answer

My DSC-W7 was working fine the other day, it was just sitting on my counter one day and it wont come back on? any suggestions?


Check these:
  • Batteries are fully charged
  • Take the batteries out completely and reinsert them after a while
  • Try new batteries
If none of the above work, take the camera to a local electronist or Sony dealer for repairs.

Apr 09, 2010 | Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W70 Digital Camera

1 Answer

Sony DSC H5 runs down batteries very rapidly. Much faster than when the camera was originally purchased. A pair of new AA batteries only lasts for 12 - 24 photos. Brand new rechargeables fully charged are...


Hi there please reset the camera 1st . THen pair your battery with your camera. Go in menu then battery type option. Select the type of a battery. After that save the setting. Now try . If you face the same problem then the camera internal power transformer are damaged or week. So you need to replace that transformer after that it will start work properly. You use that camera so long, that's why there is a chance of that damaged. Thanks if its helpful then rating me.

Mar 15, 2010 | Sony Cyber-shot DSC-H5 Digital Camera

2 Answers

Sony DSC-S70, battery not charging to a full charge


That battery is not good.if the battery have warranty please give back and get new one. after that the problem continues, The charging control ic of the camera may be damaged

Sep 21, 2009 | Sony Cyber-Shot DSC-S70 Digital Camera

1 Answer

Battery life on sony DSC-h1 is shortening


apparently, i was told by a sony sales guy, to use sony batteries WITH the sony charger. Don't use another kind of battery in the sony charger or use an engergizer charger with duracell batteries...we'll see if that fixes the problem as for I have the exact same problem! I'll let you know what happens! (though I'm very suspicious that the guy didn't know what he was talking about! worth a shot though since I've tried a lot of batteries and chargers to try and fix the problem with my H1!)

Jun 28, 2009 | Sony Cyber-Shot DSC-H1 Digital Camera

1 Answer

BATTERY


When it comes to this matter,If it isn't the snoy battery problem,then it must be the problem of sony camera charger.
For the NP-BG1 problem,you can refer to this website for help information.
Sony NP-BG1 , Sony NP-FG1 ,np-bg1 digital camera battery charger

Jan 06, 2009 | Sony Cyber-Shot DSC-W7 Digital Camera

1 Answer

Digital still camera


Hey rolvnetr,
The Sony Cyber-shot DSC-S700 Digital Camera should be powered by 2 AA batteries. There are 3 main varieties of AA batteries which are Alkaline, Lithium, and rechargeable NiMH batteries. I prefer Lithium batteries, but rechargeable batteries are also nice but once they start losing their charge it goes fast so have a backup set. You should be able to buy any of these batteries at most retailers, and of course our Best Buy™ stores carry these batteries.

Sincerely,
Allan
Go Ahead. Use Us.

May 03, 2008 | Sony Cyber-shot DSC-S700 Digital Camera

2 Answers

Sony Cyber-Shot DSC-W7 Digital Camera--battery problem


To solve this open the camera and remove the battery chamber (be careful with the cable that joins the chamber with the main board because it is very fragile). Once you have the battery chamber clean all the contacts with a contact cleaner. By all the contacts I mean, the 4 contacts for the batteries and the two contacts (male and female) that join the main board and de chamber. Be careful when you apply the contact cleaner to the main board contact bacause it is a liquid and might harm your lens if it reaches it. I have made this with my camera and worked awesome.

Apr 09, 2008 | Sony Cyber-Shot DSC-W7 Digital Camera

1 Answer

Format Error C:13:01 on Sony DSC-W7


Please try with the new memory stick. Regards, Arpi

Mar 26, 2007 | Sony Cyber-Shot DSC-W7 Digital Camera

Not finding what you are looking for?
Sony Cyber-Shot DSC-W7 Digital Camera Logo

4,329 people viewed this question

Ask a Question

Usually answered in minutes!

Top Sony Cameras Experts

Donald DCruz
Donald DCruz

Level 3 Expert

17130 Answers

james laughton
james laughton

Level 3 Expert

2192 Answers

JonSnell Electronic
JonSnell Electronic

Level 3 Expert

27751 Answers

Are you a Sony Camera Expert? Answer questions, earn points and help others

Answer questions

Manuals & User Guides

Loading...