Camera is saying batteries are no good. They show plenty of life
For nearly a year now I've had issues with general AA batteries in my camera. I do not use my rechargeable batteries that came with the camera because they won't hold a charge (or so the camera is telling me). Now I'm starting to wonder if it is the actual camera that is having issues. It tells me batteries are dying or dead after only 10 or so pictures. The last two sets of batteries I've acquired show that the batteries still have more than 50% life left and the camera is shutting down after five or so pictures. I have spent a ton of money on batteries in the last year and I want to know if I can have the camera looked at to see if there is an issue internally?
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Is there anything plugged into the 12V accessory sockets? (cell/mobile phone charger, USB charger, dash camera, aftermarket navigation unit). Take them all out. Some of these sockets do not switch off with the ignition depending on the model/market. New/high capacity batteries can deal with some discharging like this overnight but can not when they start losing capacity. Generally a battery's life expectancy is 5 years. You should be replacing it if it's near that age anyway. Make sure all interior lamps are off (including vanity lights on the back side of the sun visors (if equipped - slide open the plastic cover to see the mirror, a little light comes on). Otherwise - you need to troubleshoot where the power is going. There are plenty of YT videos out there showing you how to hook up a cheap test meter to the battery and systematically pull fuses until the power drop disappears.
If your camera uses AA batteries, you should note the battery type your camera support, and many cameras only support Lithium AA batteries or Alkaline AA batteries, else there maybe note enough voltage, so the camera will note low power.
If your camera uses special camera batteries, and maybe you should replace it for a new one.
Regular Alkaline AA's don't last very long you are so right and it's a wonder because they actually pack more power but just don't have the staying power in I'll say most digital point and shoot cameras. I can only suggest that you purchase a four pack of rechargeable batteries and a charger, you will find way more then double the life or use before needing to recharge the batteries. Again I can only suggest when you are buying rechargeable batteries for your camera look for a new type that will say on the package (no doubt in fine print) that the batteries will hold up to 80% of their power for one year. That is the key to having batteries with power when you want or need the camera. The batteries are only 2000mAh NI-MH but will hold their own up against the 2700mAh I use in some of my other equipment. I first started to use this "new" type of long lasting battery about two years ago first produced under the "Sony" label and have since seen them under no-name labels at the department store check out for a pretty cheap price in comparison but they were batteries only not the charger. So the first hurt is getting four batteries with a charger and you will be good to go. The key think here is to see first if it says on the package ready to use and another holds up to 80% of it's power for one year I use a lot of battery power with remote photography sets and I'll eventually switch my batteries over to this type. Cheers I know this will help your situation have a great day
It seems there is some where inside the camera leakage..
Are you using Li-ion rechargeable batteries or AA batteries
For previously cameras, always comes with AA batteries, and most of the battery are with low capacity.
Good quality rechargeable batteries are a must for these cameras. What I would suggest is AA' NI-MH rechargeable batteries the type that come already charged and when used and recharged will hold their charge up to 80% for a year. These batteries you will find will outlast any AA Alkaline type. If you are using a no name department store AA Alkaline type battery it's a wonder it even turned on.
A search of the Fujifilm website provided no answers. Try cleaning the battery contacts in the camera first with a pencil eraser and then with a cotton swab lightly dampened with rubbing alcohol. Also, I would switch to 3 or 4 sets of rechargeable batteries. That way, you always have a fresh set ready and you'll save money in the long run.
Battery Life: Good battery life for a camera running from two AA cells. The
Nikon Coolpix 4600 uses two AA batteries for power, but its lack of a
standard external power terminal prevented me from conducting my
standard power measurements. It does seem to have pretty good battery
life, particularly if you run it from high-capacity rechargeable NiMH
if you use the lcd screen a lot, which i know i do, it really shortens the battery life. good to carry extras, NimH batteries have a shorter life but can be recharged 100s of times.... try different sets and let me know if any particular set gives you less life than the others. Sometimes NimH batteries go bad, usually the charger lights will reveal this when you go to charge them... but one bad battery will greatly shorten the battery life. you are lucky the camera gives you the option of using either, so you could, say you were at disney world and your nimh were dead, pickup some AA to get you thru the day. rsvp ;)
Usually the 3v battery holds the date and time in your camera. A lot of time with digital cameras you have to remove the batteries when there not in use for a long period of time to prevent the draining from happening.
Do you have regular AA batteries to see if the meter changes? That would be the best way to see it the camera is reporting the correct battery life.
I purchased a *ist DS used a couple of weeks ago, and it turns out to have similar problems. This camera seems very fussy about batteries. I am using rechargeable NiMh AAs. After about 30-40 exposures, the camera shows battery depleted. If I turn the camera off, then back on, it will show a charge - sometimes a full charge and will work for another 20 or so exposures. It can keep this up for a couple of days.
I read an explanation in one of the photo blogs (can't remember which) that suggested this was caused by one or two incompletely charged batteries in set of 4. If one is discharged the current from the others supposedly will flow to it, giving fluctuating power readings to the power management curcuit. This sounded plausible enough that I purchased a new charger yesterday which monitors the charge on each battery. Too early to tell whether this solved the problem or not. The other option is to switch to disposable batteries.