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Flash use "kills battery dead"

I have a many year old S50. I use it primarily in manual exposure mode. Recently the flash has been draining the battery and today the flash has stopped working all together. When I attempt to take a picture with flash it shuts off and tells me the battery is dead. I remove the battery, replace it and all functions normal, but still no flash.
Everything else works fine.

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  • eplayer Jul 21, 2008

    I have the exact same problem. I cannot take any shots which require flash. A fully charged battery is exhausted within 5 minutes. If I even attempt taking pictures on the AUTO setting I can hear a little clicking when I press the shutter button, but no flash and no picture. I can change the dial to other settings and take a pictures, but with no flash assistance.

    I receive a message on the LCD screen stating "change batteries".

    I purchased a new battery from Best Buy, fully charged the battery and inserted in to the battery compartment, but the exact same thing happened. No pictures could be taken requiring the flash and again the battery is exhausted in approx 5 to 7 minutes.

    Can you help?

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The most likely culprit is a several year old battery that is not accepting or holding a sufficient charge. Turning the camera on, and taking a non-flash photo may not tax the battery too much. However, when the flash is called for, the power demand may exceed the battery's ability to deliver enough juice. A new(er) battery is probably your best bet to resolve the problem.

Posted on Mar 24, 2008

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