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Batter Life We purchased a Samsung S630 camera from you a while ago, but have found that alkaline AA 1.5v batteries only last a few photos before they run down. We're therefore wondering whether you have any suggestions on which type/make of battery is best to use with this model, or is there any other way of avoiding this?

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    Kashmero Gosal Feb 29, 2008


    Not sure if you misunderstood my query, but we have already purchased the Samsung S630 camera and have found that alkaline AA 1.5v batteries (including the ones provided with the camera) only last 4 or 5 photos before the camera shuts down, with or without the flash.

    We are therefore wondering whether there is a standard type/make of battery we are supposed to be using with this model, or whether the camera itself is faulty?

  • Anonymous Mar 02, 2008

    I put brand new batteries in and after 2 to 3 photos the camera shuts down and says low battery. I can still use the batteries and they are good in other uses like remotes and such. What is the problem with the camera . Un happy very much about this. Julie

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This isn't a solution but is a confirmation. Battery life in this camera is terrrible, especially with alkaline batteries. The rechargable NiMh batteries do better, but even there life is substandard. When setting up the camera on the munus, you have to choose a setting for either alkaline or NiMh batteries. This seems to have some effect.

I have found that with new alkalines, the camera will even shut down so fast that it leaves the lens extended. The only I could find to get the lens back in was to put in freshly recharged NiMh batteries, and then push the power button to close. Then the camera was back to its voracious "normal."

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    The word I meant to type was :menus:, not "mumus" in the third line of the fiirst paragraph.

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How can I extend my digital camera’s battery life and save money?

Avoid the three main power drains in a digital camera: power cycling, unnecessary flash, and excessive LCD (liquid-crystal display) use. A camera uses power each time it initializes or shuts down, so avoid cycling the camera on and off between shots; you should only turn the camera off when you finish taking pictures.

Also, because it takes energy to use a flash, turn this component off in daylight or high-light areas. Even if your camera doesn’t fire the flash, it takes energy to keep the flash charged.

In addition, the color LCDs used on digital cameras can demand a lot of power (especially if the camera is left on for a prolonged period), so turn off the LCD and use the optical viewfinder rather than the LCD to frame the snapshot. Plus, make sure you only use the LCD sparingly to review your snapshots.

If you haven’t purchased a camera yet, choose one that uses common (low-cost) alkaline batteries rather than the more expensive lithium cells. Most cameras that operate on AA or AAA batteries also will accept rechargeable batteries, which may cost more initially but can easily pay for themselves in the long run. Of course, always refer to a camera’s manual for specific operating suggestions and precautions.

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