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Digital Camera My Canon Powershot S3 drains batteries within a few hours of putting them in the camera and with the camera switched off.

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Unfortunately this camera is very bad for battery life because the zoom lens itself takes up alot of power. I would have the same problem with putting fresh batteries in and they would only last a couple of minutes.
I went to Blacks and asked their opinion and they suggested a Lithium Ion battery which came with the charger.
The charge only takes 30 minutes and I have been using my camera all week and the batteries are still going strong!
The price for the pack and charger together was a about $29 and it was totally worth the money

Posted on Feb 22, 2008

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Sorry I don't have an answer though. I have checked batteries after the camera told me they were low/unusable and found them to be fine.

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I found a post and this worked for me...just fixed it about an hour ago. Mine would show a blank screen on the LCD nothing thru the view finder other than the menu screen. Found out the shutter was stuck and that seems to be a common issue with these cameras. This is how I fixed mine.
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3. take a picture and within 5 seconds open the battery door. Then close it back and repeat. Your trying to interrupt the shutter reset process thereby "unsticking" the stuck shutter.

4. If this fails then try LIGHTLY tapping the camera against a piece of wood, again to unstick the shutter.

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If none of this helps, call Canon for service or other option to upgrade for a deep discounted rate. Sometimes it's cheaper than to fix it if you are out of your one year manufacturer's warranty.

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