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Camera only takes one or two pictures then message tells me to change batteries. Batteries are new and camera turns off.

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After surveying the web, I see that this problem has been around for at around 3 years. I use fully charged NiMh batteries and get the “change batteries” message after only a few shots or immediately.
In my case, changing to alkaline 1.5V batteries solves the problem (versus ~1.3V for NiMh or other rechargeables.) Cleaning the contacts (stainless steel) makes no difference.
Interestingly, I can operate the camera in the playback mode and view pictures and movies with no problem. This involves driving the display on the camera back, probably the most power hungry part of the instrument. This suggests the problem is record mode specific.
My guess is that there is a voltage reference problem. References can drift over time, and depending on the initial value, cause problems any time during a camera's life. The reference isn't necessarily needed in playback but is critical for recording should the image sensor voltage be too low.

Posted on Aug 24, 2010


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I had the same problem - I think the battery was not being held in far enough by the battery cover, this cured my particular problem yours may be the same. Try a thin piece of card (less than 0.5mm thick) about 5.0 mm wide folded in a U shape over the top of the battery. This will 'push' the battery in just a little further. If the battery cover is a little tight when you try to close it your card is too thick!

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E18 is a lens error that needs to be serviced by Canon technicians. You may qualify to replace your S3 for a flat rate or to repair, but it is nothing that you can fix at home.

As for the batteries, what brand? If they are rechargable, make sure they haven't been drained-try them in another device perhaps. I drained mine by leaving them on the charger too long and I had the same issue. Try another set of batteries and clean the battery contacts inside the camera with a pencil eraser to get rid of any residue or oxidation that may have taken place.

If none of this helps, call Canon for service or other option to upgrade for a deep discounted rate. Sometimes it's cheaper than to fix it if you are out of your one year manufacturer's warranty.

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Posted on Jun 01, 2008

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Make sure you have the internal menu for the battery selection correct.
Choosing the wrong battery may cause this.

Rechargeable batteries and alkaline batteries are not the same.

This may also be a condition and problem caused by the camera itself, and may need repair.

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SOURCE: batteries drain after only 5 or 6 pictures

New camera?...take it back.

Posted on Aug 25, 2009

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Cross check that the batteries u inserted are compatible with the camera.

Hope this helped sir..

Posted on Jan 05, 2010

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