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Toshiba PDR-3300 Digital Camera

I put new batteries in my camera and it will turn on and maybe take one picture then the camera says low battery and shut off. I can open and close battery cover and it work again for a few seconds I have exactly the same problem. Brand new lithium batteries make no difference - within seconds the camera says low battery power and shuts off. I've tried cleaning the contact points in the camera but still nothing.

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  • John D Anthony Apr 25, 2008

    The problem persists. It has gotten progressively worse over the three years I have had the camera - the first time I used it I could take dozens of pictures. A year ago I could take maybe 15. Now I can't even take one.
    I've bought new Energizer lithium batteries made for digital cameras and new Energizer 2500mAh rechargeable batteries - both from a local camera store - and the result is the same - I turn it on, the battery display shows low power and it shuts off.
    I don't believe the problem has anything to do with batteries.

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Hi There

The batteries are just flat. Trust us on this one and buy new batteries or recharge the one's you have ( if they ate Li- Ion )

This will do the trick !

Good luck and thanks for using Fixya.

Posted on Apr 25, 2008

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    Marnus Jacobs Apr 25, 2008

    See this is all stuff you should have mentioned.



    That it has been happening eversince you got the camera and that you've tried different types ! Anyhow , there is some kind of short then that pulls the battery power dead.



    You do not want to open this camera yourself to try and investigate - rather take it to a Service Provider to do this for you.


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I beleave if the issue is not the batterys then there is a motherboard fault in the camera which is draining the batterys.

if you live in the us, you can get a free repair extimate from here
http://www.advancecamera.com/repair/

if you need anything else, let me know.

Posted on Apr 25, 2008

  • Ekse Apr 26, 2008

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    Please consider my solution



    Thanks.

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Have your batteries been charged?
If they are Lithium ion batteries, they may need to be charged even if they are new.
If they are not Lithium ion bet are just lithium, then they cannot be recharged.

The following is a comment from a blogger........

You need to be careful of counterfeit batteries. These counterfeit lithium-ion battery packs and chargers on sale, and in circulation on internet auction websites, being passed off as genuine lithium-ion battery packs and chargers. They can cause an explosion which can lead to severe injury.

Because these counterfeit lithium-ion battery packs and battery chargers are often not equipped with certain protective devices meeting the industry's basic quality standards, using or recharging these counterfeit lithium-ion battery packs could cause your camera to malfunction, or lead these battery packs to overheat, leak liquids, ignite, or explode. In the worst case, this could not only damage your camera or camcorder, but also result in fire, burns and/or injuries (including loss of eyesight). Accordingly, these counterfeit lithium-ion battery packs and/or battery chargers should not be used.

Personally, I would use Ni-MH battery pack.

Posted on Apr 06, 2008

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I'm assuming that you have had this camera for a while right? Many cameras have experienced this same problem. Most owners just return them and get a different one. I am trying to find out if anyone or if the company has figured out what is causing this and has found the solution. Thank you.

Posted on Apr 06, 2008

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  • Benjamin Patri
    Benjamin Patri Apr 06, 2008

    Brand new rechargable lithium batteries usually do not come charged, try charging the battery before using it

  • Benjamin Patri
    Benjamin Patri Apr 06, 2008

    Let me know if you need further help and please have a good day

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    Benjamin Patri Apr 06, 2008

    A new TOSHIBA Digital Camera Battery comes in a discharged condition
    and must be charged before use (refer to the devices manual for
    charging instructions). Upon initial use (or after a prolonged storage
    period) the digital camcorder TOSHIBA NP-100 may require three to four
    charge/discharge cycles before achieving maximum capacity. New TOSHIBA
    NP-100 needs to be fully charged and discharged (cycled) a few times
    before it can condition to full capacity. Rechargeable batteries
    undergo self-discharging when left unused. Always store a Digital
    Camera Battery pack in a fully charged staged for storage.When charging
    the TOSHIBA NP-100 for the first time the device may indicate that
    charging is complete after just 10 or 15 minutes. This is a normal
    phenomenon with rechargeable batteries. Remove the camcorder batteries
    from the device, reinsert it and repeat the charging procedure

    It is important to condition (fully discharge and then fully charge)
    the TOSHIBA battery every two to three weeks. Failure to do so may
    significantly shorten the battery's life (this does not apply to Li-ion
    batteries, which do not require conditioning). To discharge, simply run
    the device under the battery's power until it shuts down or until you
    get a low battery warning. Then recharge the battery as instructed in
    the user's manual. If the battery will not be in use for a month or
    longer, it is recommended that TOSHIBA battery be removed from the
    device and stored in a cool, dry, clean place.

  • Benjamin Patri
    Benjamin Patri Apr 26, 2008

    you could possibly have a bad resistor or a connection that has worn down, if you want (what do you have to lose?) you can open up the camera and see if anything looks or smells burnt or out of place

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Hi,

The first thing i would say is to remove the batteries off the camera and allow the camera to reset for an hour and then put them back.
If this doesn't help then You need to use 2500 or higher rechargeable batteries - as soon as you switch to this type of battery, it will work fine!

Your camera requires four AA size batteries.There are several factors that contribute to battery life:

NiMH: This is the best solution for enjoyment and cost savings. NiMH batteries typically last longer per charge than the average alkaline batteries. NiMH batteries are rechargeable batteries, so they can be used several times and thereby reduce the expense of continually purchasing new batteries. NiMH batteries are typically sold with a power adapter for charging. The life of these batteries can often be determined by the mAh rating, the higher the mAh rating on the battery, the longer that they will last. NiMH batteries do not have the memory effect associated with NiCd batteries, which means that these batteries can be recharged at any time and at your convenience (you do not have to wait for the batteries to completely drain between charges).

Lithium: Energizer has introduced a new series of Lithium batteries that provide optimum performance and long life for disposable AA size batteries. Laboratory studies shows that Lithium batteries last more than three times as long as standard Alkaline batteries. This means many more hours of fun and satisfaction with your digital camera. These lithium batteries are not rechargeable, they are long lasting.

Alkaline: Using the LCD display, downloading images, playback, zoom and flash all require some battery power to operate and may decrease the number of shots per set of batteries. Performance may also vary based on the Alkaline batteries selected. To significantly increase battery life, be sure to turn off the LCD when it is not in use. The LCD consumes the most amount of battery power. The benefit of being able to use alkaline batteries is that you can find then almost anywhere if needed.

Manganese: If you are using manganese batteries, the typical battery life will be about 2 - 5 shots. Then the camera will indicate that battery power is low and may shut-down. To avoid this experience, use either Alkaline or NiMH batteries.

Optimum Solution: Use a set of NiMH batteries for longer use and to reduce the expense of continually buying new batteries. It may also be a good idea to keep a spare set of NiMH batteries for other devices that require AA size batteries on a regular basis. Use AA Alkaline batteries when the NiMH batteries need to be recharged and you want to continue enjoying the use of your camera.

Goodluck,
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    Please don't forget to rate the solution no.2 as fixya if my solution has solved out your problem..

  • Priya darshan Apr 06, 2008

    sorry it is solution no.3

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Hi this is common problem if your sure that these batterys are new and you have used that make and type of battery before than the problem will be on the board of the camera itself.
If these batterys are ones you have not used in your camera before then the chances are these batterys are just not powerfull enough so you can by a recharge pack for your camera ok so let me know if its new batterys and if you have used this type before.

Also insted of using the lcd can you turn the screen of then try taking picture using normal view finder as you would on a none digital cam

It could just be that the batterys you brought are faulty and might be worth trying another set before giving up.
These camera usuall wont switch on with normal batterys so just try another set or if you have let me know.
If the battery says low bat then goes off then these batterys will not work if tryed again but if you can get camera on turn off the screen then try taking picture ok get back to me and let me know ok

Posted on Apr 06, 2008

  • paul proctor Apr 06, 2008

    You can buy batterys that are made for that camera that you can recharge and would last alot longer than normal batterys would so buying these will solve your problem as even lithium batterys dont really last that long in certain camera's as even the quality of the picture even uses more battery power if it set to best quality.
    But using the lcd screen to view what picture your taking really takes alot out of the batterys.
    So try taking picture with view finder with new batterys just to check the camera functions properly and allows you to view the picture taken.
    Most people who dont use rechargable batterys try and use the lcd screen as little as possible when taking pictures as some batterys wont even let you take one picture, recharge bats give you longer time but will also only give you so many pictures before they need charging so its best to use the lcd screen as little as possible this would give you alot more pictures to take as it uses alot less power with the lcd screen off.
    So its best to use the lcd screen when you only cant use the view to look through like holding camera in the air as even recharge batts wont really last that long and could go flat at annoying times so its best to either buy an extra set of these or just use the lcd as little as poss.
    Hope this is some help to you and let me know if you need further assistance ok

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