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  • rescuer Mar 28, 2008

    I found that the camera SWITCHED OFF discharges the batteries (20 mA).

    Nobody can tell me if this normal or not. I sent the camera to repair and I was told that the board was replaced. The problem remains and in less than 24 hours I have the baterries depleted message; I loose the configuration, time and date, etc... I tried many different batteries. I never saw a camera with this strange behaviour. There is no information about these parameters in the manual I downloaded.

  • ajk1978 May 29, 2008

    i recieved my camera within 2 hrs not using it constantly the kodak batteries died i have used several sets of batteries within 4-6 pics the battery indicater comes on and camera shuts off it is very aggervating to get something new and not be able to use it i was very satisfied with the prompt and fast service from best buy i am a loyal customer and will be continously i just want to know why and what to do thank you best buy

  • Anonymous Jun 20, 2008

    i put new battery and it dies in 4 minutes!!!

    new batteries!!!

  • Anonymous Aug 01, 2008

    Yes I have the same problem the camera takes about >2 mA when off. It is not keeping charge on the flash either as the flash does not come on at switch on if not selected.

    Is there a CMOS backup capacitor (for when you change batteries) that could have gone bad?

  • bluesunmed Aug 10, 2008

    Battery dies within minutes even if its been on charge for 24hours. I can take maybe 6 to 8 pics and then the battery indicator flashes and dies. This is a really bad problem with the camera and is very frustrating. Also trying to purchase a replacement lithium battery is a nightmare!! Ive been on line for 2 days and still cant find a battery.


  • Anonymous Aug 31, 2008

    Same problem.

    Really frustrating to think that I gave more money to Sony by purchasing new Sony batteries in an attempt to fix the problem.

  • earhaven9 Sep 12, 2008

    I put new batteries in and within seconds batteries are dead. I just went thru 12 batteries trying to kill all photos on there, thinking it may be full?

    What can I do so I can use this camera?

    Battery type does not matter, they die.

    Not rechargeable- these are new AA.

    Olympus FE-170

  • Anonymous Sep 25, 2008

    New battery goes in and the change battery image comes on.


  • Anonymous Nov 27, 2008

    My Nikon Coolpix 3100 is unuseable because the batteries die immediately. I will try lithium batteries as suggested by someone on the site. The camera was bought in the U.S. and sent to me a few years ago. In Italy, where I live, I haven't found someone who can fix it.

  • Anonymous Dec 03, 2008

    My Fuji E550 THINKS the AA batteries are dead after taking a few pictures and shuts off. After testing the batteries, they are fine. Have tried alkaline and lithium batteries -- problem still exists. Ready to take the camera to the shop for advise before considering replacing it. Camera is only a few years old. I'll probably get a Cannon Rebel next.

  • a_3306 Dec 26, 2008

    i can use AAA size batterys "Ni-MH"?

  • Anonymous Dec 28, 2008

    I get a warm feeling in my pocket that tells me the camera has started to spontaneously short the batterys. Great when you've just bought some new Duracells. This is an intermittent fault and,of course, doesn't happen if you take the camera back from where you bought it.

  • Anonymous Dec 30, 2008

    The camera runs down the batteries in a few hours even if it's turned off. And then it forgets date, time, etc. if I store it without the batteries in it.

  • Goldenhicks Jan 16, 2009

    I too have the same problem.. I take maybe 15 pictures and the batteries die.. I have tried buying new re-chargeables, and the same thing happened. So, I tried a different brand plus a new charger, the same thing. I find regular batteries last longer, but only by about 10 shots.. I don't understand this! What is the problem with these cameras? How to fix this without spending $100.00 at a Canon store? Any suggestions? Thanks!

  • Nicole King Mar 25, 2009

    Having same issue as everyone else. No matter which batteries I use (even Cannon NIMH batteries) my camera turns off and will not turn back on except to display the "change batteries" error on the LCD. I contacted Best Buy (where I purchased the camera 11 months ago) and they could tell me nothing except that If I didn't purchase the extended service plan to call Cannon. I called Cannon directly and was told they have never heard of this happening. That strikes me as odd since a simple Google search shows at least 15-20 people describing the same issue. I plan to send the camera back to them (with my original receipt) and obtain a replacement. Other then this issue and the delay b/w pictures when using the flash, this camera has always been reliable and provided me with some fantastic photos_ Nicole L King

  • Anonymous Mar 31, 2009

    GE A735 bought at Best Buy has the same problem. Brand new batteries get a few pics then "Battery Exhausted". Wait a few minutes and it works for maybe 1 or 2 pics, then "Battery Exhausted" again.

    Dark red camera color does make a nice paperweight.

  • Anonymous Apr 21, 2009

    And what is solution, 2 buy new camera???


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What kinda camera?If the camera takes AA batteries and you are using alkaline batteries that might be why try finding lithium AA the should correct the problem.
Hope this helps and if the camera has a rechargeable battery then you might have a defective battery not holding a good charge. It takes a lot to charge the compositor for the flash see if the camera last longer with the flash turned off. hope this helps.

Posted on Mar 28, 2008

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    Mike Johnson Mar 29, 2008

    I work on digital cameras daily and find that the main board can be defected. but the flash circuit can cause this issue even with the camera off because while the camera is off it first tries to make sure that the flash is charge so when you turn on the camera it is ready to take a photo. So if the compasitor in the flash circuit is bad it will cause this problem. I hope this helps you out. and yes the 20ma is not normal it is only should be around 5ma until the compaitor is charged and then level off to .025ma to hold the cmos info.


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