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What is wrong, this thing eats batteries like crazy, has anyone else had this problem!?!?!?

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Ok well this is a common problem with digital cameras. And the fact is you just cant use regular batteries in a digital camera.

Your two best options are; You can buy lithium batteries, or you can buy rechargeable ones.

Hope that I could help!

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I had the same prob with one i had never could get it to take the firmware update

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There is a firmware update you can get from the manufacturer which will greatly improve battery life on the early 3100s.
See the link for more info:

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