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Shows low battery after putting in new batteries

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Your best solution is to use Sanyo Eneloop batteries because of their higher voltage over the discharge curve compared to regular NiMH batteries. See http://www.epinions.com/content_309637189252.
I have gotten a full week of use with hundred of pictures on one charge using a Canon A540 and a set of Eneloops. The only problem is they are hard to find, but you can get them on Amazon.com.

Posted on Jan 29, 2009

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Buy a Nikon L11 camera. I gave up trying to carry my Canon A540 around to take impromptu photos, the battery would go dead within a few days. I bought a Nikon L11, put the alkaline batteries that came with the camera in, and it has been going strong for over 3 weeks. The Nikon also has a setting for what kind of battery you are using - alkaline, NiMH recharable ot lithium.

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Some of The Canon Powershot A530 and A540 cameras are subject to an advisory recall. Seems that a small spring on the battery compartment door can short out the batteries. Suspect this of yours, in that you mention that your batteries aren't lasting long. If your camera is on the list, Canon should fix this for you for free, including free shipping both ways. This is regardless of your camera's warranty status. Please check the following link for more info:

http://camerarepair.blogspot.com/2007/12/canon-a530-a540-with-short-battery-life.html

Posted on Mar 13, 2008

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    OK then. Guess that means your camera is not on the recall list. Then how about this?



    Are you still using alkaline batteries? If so, alkaline batteries just don't have the power for more than a few pics in a digital camera. Some battery brands may even have problems just powering startup of the camera.



    Digital cameras for the most part should be used with rechargeable NiMH batteries. Modern NiMH batteries are of much higher energy capacity than Alkaline batteries. Walmart sells these for around $7 for a package of four (about $15-19 for the batteries with charger). Keep in mind they'll save you big bucks 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 slap yourself for not buying them sooner. When at the store, look on the package for a power rating of at least 2500 mah.

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I got this from Nikon Tech support and it worked.
First make sure you are using either brand new or fully charged re-chargeable batteries. If the issue persists, there was a firmware update for the camera to resolve an issue similar to this, and you may need to get the update. To check what version you have, do the following:

-turn the camera off
-turn the top dial to SETUP
-turn the camera on while holding down the MENU button

A splash screen will display and it was say 'E3100 v1.X' in the bottom right side of the screen. If it says v1.1 or v1.2, you will need to upgrade the firmware. For instructions on doing this, please see:

Title: Coolpix 3100 Firmware Update 1.3 - Windows
URL: http://support.nikontech.com/cgi-bin/nikonusa.cfg/php/enduser/std_adp.php?p_faqid=13030&p_created=1102934617

Title: Coolpix 3100 Firmware Update 1.3 - Macintosh
URL: http://support.nikontech.com/cgi-bin/nikonusa.cfg/php/enduser/std_adp.php?p_faqid=13031&p_created=1102934414

If it says v1.3, then you already have the update and your camera may need to be repaired.

Posted on Nov 10, 2007

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SOURCE: my canon powershot A550 camera behaves as low battery with new b

cudgegong said in another forum:

To resolve the annoying "change the batteries" problem. Goto menu, choose yellow menu, select
file No. reset to ON. Turn camera off and back on.

Voila fixed.

Posted on Aug 21, 2009

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SOURCE: Erratic Low Battery Warning

cudgegong said in another forum:

To resolve the annoying "change the batteries" problem. Goto menu, choose yellow menu, select
file No. reset to ON. Turn camera off and back on.

Voila fixed.

Posted on Aug 21, 2009

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SOURCE: Low battery all the time

remove one battery after using your camera..install again when taking more photos. This solved my draining battery problem.

Posted on Aug 14, 2010

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SOURCE: Canon Powershot A570 keeps showing change the batteries

I had the same problem. Here's the solution. Go into menu settings, then over to tools, select reset all at the bottom of options list. You may have to re-enter the date and time. This solved the low battery problem for me. I hope this helps.

Posted on Aug 15, 2010

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