Question about Canon PowerShot A710 IS Digital Camera
Ok. So far this has worked for me. I had exactly the same problem and called Canon service after reading your post.
This is what they said to do, even though it sounds a little hocus-pocus:
• take out the batteries & camera card • clean the battery contacts ON THE CAMERA (those bumpy little things) with an eraser • click the camera on/off button 10 x • click the "take photo" button 10 times • put in newly charged batteries.
Hint: Remove batteries every night. Never leave batteries in for more than 24 hours.
So this has now worked for 20 minutes! There's hope!
Posted on Feb 19, 2009
I have used only rechargable bateries with capacity over 2000 nmh
Posted on Apr 17, 2008
Try to use a rechargeable battery.
Posted on Apr 17, 2008
You can change your charger. or please try to clean the connectors connecting the battery.
Posted on Mar 31, 2008
I have the same problem too. My rechargeables (PowerEx-2700) will give me around 30pixs or so when fresh off the charger. But, if the batteries are left in the camera for a day or two after a fresh charge, it will take a picture or two and then shows "Replace Battery" sign. However, if the camera is doing a play back of the pictures then there is no "Low battery" signal. However, the moment i set it on Camera, it will show "Low Battery" and it will let me take pictures as long as I do not use the zoom-in, zoom-out. If i use zoom it dies with "Replace Battery". The only round-about solution i found is that I can disable the LCD screen when taking pictures and use the view-finder to take pictures with the zoom features and it has no issues.
Ah ! got a Canon thinking it was an overall good camera. The pictures are excellent, but the battery kills me.
Posted on Jan 08, 2009
I also have 2 Canon cameras with the same problem. The A710 is particularly bad and is worst when using rechargeable batteries.
The reason I believe is the lower voltage of NiCd or NiMh which is 1.2 volts as opposed to 1.5 for normal ones.
These cameras are designed for a 3v battery. When you use rechargeables the camera only gets 2.4 volts which indicates to the camera that the batteries are almost dead! If you've just charged them , then the voltage will be a little higher initially and so the camera will work for a while.
It's a big design flaw. What they should have done was have a switch inside the camera that would allow you to choose normal or rechargeable cells.
Other manufacturers overcome this problem by having a built-in rechargeable battery and the camera is designed to work with the correct voiltage.
The solution? I can think of two possible solutions.
One is to use rechargeable ALKALINE cells which used to be available 10 years ago. The voltage is 1.5v but the capacity was unfortunately low.
The other possibility is to build a rechargeable lithium cell such as used in cell phones to fit the battery compartment. This would give 3.6v which would be great. Someone could make a mint manufacturing such a unit with a charger.
Posted on Feb 02, 2009
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Posted on Jan 02, 2017
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