I had the same problem with my camera. It happened less than 2 months after purchasing the camera. I was lucky that it was still under warranty, so I took it back to Sony. They ended up replacing the Circuit Board, but now the anti blur motor has gone and all my pictures have gone shaky, warranty period over. 2 major problems in little over than a year. Hopefully this is last problem I will have with this camera.
I looked though the message board for people with the same camera. Seems there is a consistent problem with the model of cameral that I have.
The response was overwhelming enough to help me make the decision to dispose of the camera.
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Crazy thing about "regular" AA's I ran into the same thing and just shook ,my head but the regular batteries just don't last in the cameras at all switch to a set of rechargeable and you'll get a lot more pictures per charge. On my little camera I went from getting about 30 pictures to a set of AA's to over 300 with the rechargeable type. I don't know what country you are in but Sony has a set that when you buy them they are already charged AND once used and charged again will hold up to 80% of their power for a year just sitting, basically unheard of for a rechargeable battery
Your camera uses a proprietary Sony InfoLithium battery which I presume you are using. The message normally only comes up when using non-genuine batteries though the chip in genuine batteries sometimes gets corrupted. Four years is a fair lifespan for a rechargeable lithium cell so even without any faults you may already have noticed that the battery needs recharging more frequently.
Check that the battery contacts are bright and clean, and use a torch to look inside the battery chamber to check that the camera contacts are intact and clean. If all checks out then borrow or buy a replacement battery. If you buy a battery then you'll have to try and resell it if the camera proves to be at fault.
If the ultimate conclusion is that the camera is faulty, then it's cheaper to just replace it rather than repair. It was only designed for a minimum five year lifespan, so if it's failed prematurely you've been a bit unlucky. It's worth complaining to Sony anyway, but as they'll want to inspect the camera and will charge you for shipping with no guarantee of a favourable outcome you may decide that you'll just be gambling more money which could go towards a replacement camera.
I have same problem as edmoze mentions above - batteries went dead. I first tried to use regular Duracell AA and it would still not come on. Went to internet & it recommended getting the Duracell rechargeable NiMh which I did. Got the charger & last nite they charged overnight. Today the camera did come on & I was able to download what I had taken. But what concerns me is that the low battery light is still flashing after a night of charging. What's up? Should I expect this kind of battery problem to continue? Seriously considering getting a Nikon Coolpix.
unfortunately,the best solution is to send it back to creative for them to check it out. this sometimes happens when the player has been unused for too long and battery "under charges", which there is a solution.but seeing as u used it under normal conditions,that cant be the problem
In the cameras menu try finding the reset feature. once it is reset test it out also check to see if the cameras flsh is working if it is and then the batteries are dead then it has a bad flash compasitor because it has to charge up and release the charge to the flash but if the compasitor nevr fully charges it keeps tring to charge it and the batteries drain fast. It can be repaired. Hope this helps.
i have the same camera with the same problem, i usually have to take the memory card out and the battery, put the battery back in but leave the memory out, it usually starts to charge after that small ritual. good luck
For some reason, Fuji does not emphasize that if your batteries get low, this is what happens. You just need recharged batteries or new batteries. Be careful with rechargables--before recharging them when this happens, you first have to drain them using the discharge mode of your camera. Then they will take a complete charge. (Good for some 300 charges or so, I believe.) But if you don't discharge them first, they will take less and less of a charge, and last shorter and shorter. If you use regular batteries, they might not last for 50 pics before running out of juice.