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What battery to put in the camera

I keep putting fresh battery in and it keep saying low battery

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Re: what battery to put in the camera

It sounds like you need a new battery and/or battery charger. I had the same problem with a simular camera before and just replaced both the charger and the battery because I wasn't sure which one of them was faulty. I haven't had a problem since then. I bought them from the website the company guaranteed thier batteries for a year and thier price was the cheapest on and off the internet that I could find. They have both batteries and chargers for your specific camera. This should take care of your problem. Hope this helps

Posted on Mar 26, 2008

Re: what battery to put in the camera

I've had exactly the same problem, the camera does not seem to notice the new batteries/rechargeables even though they fresh and recharged.

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Re: what battery to put in the camera

You have a couple options. First you can buy lithium batteries, which are a little pricey, but they last a great deal longer in high tech devices such as digital cameras.

Second, you can buy rechargable batteries, which also last alot longer in cameras, and are worth the price because they can be reused!

Good luck!

Posted on Jan 15, 2008

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