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Some batteries, although the correct nominal voltage for the camera, are not powerful enough for continued use. I have found the best solution is to use rechargeable NiMH batteries of at least 2100 MaH, preferably 2500 MaH.
This sounds like a problem with either the power button or the camera's electronic circuitry. I would contact Nikon Support at 1-800-645-6687 between 9 a.m. and 8 p.m. EST Monday through Friday and they will be able to help you get it repaired at one of their factory service centers.
As a first step towards resolving your issue, we recommend you restore the camera's default settings. You can reset all of the menu and button operation settings to default except for Date/Time, Language, and Video System. To reset these settings, please follow these steps:
1. Take the memory card and battery out of the camera for 20 minutes.
2. Please use a clean pencil eraser to rub the contacts on the battery. Please do not store the batteries in the camera for travel. The batteries will discharge even if the camera is not powered on.
3. Place a fresh (or fully recharged) battery in the camera.
4. Turn the camera on.
5. Put the camera in picture taking mode. Ensure the display is on.
1. Remove the batteries from
the camera, wait a few minutes. Put a fresh set of batteries back in
and turn the camera
on. If that didn't work, try pressing and holding the Function or OK
button while turning the camera on. 2. If the camera's batteries ran down completely while the its lens was
still open, the camera may show a lens error or not start properly when
new batteries are installed. Remove the memory card and keep it
removed, then install the new batteries. When you turn the camera on
with the card removed it may come back to life, as this triggers a
reset in some cameras. You
don't have a memory card installed, so turn it off, slip in the sd card
and turn it on one last time.
Here are the steps for the no power problem: 1. Make sure you will install a new or fully charged battery/batteries into your camera. Please use lithium batteries Ni-Mh or rechargeable Batteries (2000 M.Amp or higher). 2. Clean the battery contacts. a. Remove the battery/batteries and the memory card from your camera, then wipe the battery contacts with a soft, clean cloth. b. Reinstall the battery/batteries into your camera 3. Turn on your camera without the memory card. (If it works then it?s your memory card that is faulty)
I have a ViviCam 8400 and have the same problem UNLESS I buy Duracell Power Pix or Energizer Titanium batteries. These cost more than the regular grade AA batteries, but when I used brand new regular batteries, the camera would turn on for 2 seconds then turn right off. Titanium or Power Pix batteries make the camera work fine. And, because they are made for digital media, they do allow you to use the camera for longer periods of time.
Mine had the same problem. I consulted http://camerarepair.blogspot.com/ and it said to use rechargeable batteries only. The entry claimed that alkaline batteries, even if they're brand new, don't have sufficient power for more than a few pictures and may not even be powerful enough to turn the camera on. I was dubious, but I tried putting in a pair of fully charged rechargeables and, by Gum, the camera was suddenly working again. So before junking the camera, try investing 20 bucks in a battery charger and a pair of AA rechargeables and see if that fixes it.
Be sure to charge for AT LEAST 14 hours on the new battery, even if the charger light goes out - it's still trickle charging. It's normal for most camcorders to auto-shut off after 5 minutes, if it's not recording. But if your batt light comes on, the problem is probably with the battery.