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Unfortunately, all digital cameras with zoom and flash eat up batteries pretty fast. The best thing you can do is buy backup batteries, and have them when you have some serious shooting to do. Also, rechargeable batteries don't last forever, and start losing energy after awhile. You can order batteries at a great price by shopping on ebay. Good luck!
I am having the same problem with my Zoom-H2. I have 2 2650 mah rechargeables, and the draw is such that 20-30 minutes of record &/or playback kills the batteries. Last night I just turned the power on and did nothing. 5 hours later the batteries were dead...
This isn't a solution. It is a reaffirmation that you aren't crazy!
With digital camera's you can't use normal batteries. A digital camera will drain a regular battery in nothing flat. I am a professional photographer and my camera uses AA batteries. I never use anything but Sanya Eneloop batteries. They are rechargeable and I can shoot a whole wedding and most of a reception on one set of these batteries. They aren't expensive and you can get them at most camera shops and even off of ebay. As for the batteries you use I would have to know more as to what batteries you are using to give you a clear cut answer. But I do know if you are using just regualr batteries they won't last in a digital camera. Hope this info helps.
Hi Digital camera's eat batteries mainly due to flash being used all the time. If you don't need to use the flash don't, it will last longer. The best batteries i found to use with my camera are Duracell Alkaline.
ok... simple solution that battery is possibly defective or the camera has an issue that causes an excessive draw on the battery. digital camaras eat batteries anyways. when you bought the new battery did you charge it for at least 12 hours before the first use ?
The A430 is a 2 battery camera, and is known for being power hungry. Alkaline batteries just don't have the power for more than a few pictures in a digital camera (especially a 2 battery camera). Lithiums can also have problems. Some may also have reached their shelf life, and though right out of the package may even have problems just powering startup of the camera. Digital cameras for the most part should only be used with rechargeable NiMH batteries. If you read the camera's instruction manual concerning batteries, you may see the same recommendation. Modern NiMH batteries have over five times the energy concentration of the average alkaline (yep over five times more power!).
Keep in mind rechargeable NiMH batteries will save you money in the long run over alkalines, AND they'll last for at least 100 pictures per charge (and probably many many more). You'll be very pleased with their performance, and may be angry with yourself for not buying them sooner. When at the store, look on the package for a power rating of at least 2500 mah.
I had similar symptoms as well until it finally died:
1) First started eating batteries like crazy, especially standard AA and rechargeables. The CRV3 seemed to work a bit longer.
2) One day out of nowhere the autofocus stopped working. I replaced the batteries and it worked again for 10 shots. Then the autofocus stopped working and battery died (with the lens stuck open). Pressing power, the LCD backlight flashes on, the LED in the view finder blinks, and the lens motor makes noise. Then nothing just stuck open.
3) Again new batteries and was able to close lens, take a few pictures and dead again with lens stuck open - same problem in 2.
4) Replaced the batteries a couple times and was able to get a shot or two off, and now its complete stuck open, even with brand new batteries - with same problem in 2 it just won't turn on.
I finally sent it to Samsung the week of Christmas. I called Friday 1/7/05 to check and had to leave a voicemail. They called back Monday 1/10/05 to let me know they recieved it and that I should call back Thursday to check its status.