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Battery life has suddenly become very short - Canon PowerShot A520 Digital Camera

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  • barry_protte Aug 02, 2010

    I am not using rechargeable batteries. New batteries take about 10 pix whereas before, anything up to a hundred pix.

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The classic sign of a worn out rechargeable battery; they don't last forever. It's the simplest and most likely explanation so just replace it with a new one.

Posted on Aug 02, 2010

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    Obertelli Aug 02, 2010

    Are you using good quality alkaline AA batteries? Cheap batteries (especially from fairs, markets, boot sales and pound/dollar stores) may claim to be alkaline but are often plain zinc-carbon types. Are the batteries still within their expiry date (as per original packaging)?

    If the batteries are totally reliable then you have a camera fault causing a high current drain and as your camera is now about five years old any repairs are not going to be cost effective.

    All you can do is to check that the camera's battery terminals are bright and clean and that there's nothing obviously obstructing the lens retraction mechanism. If the camera is infrequently used then the fault can even be due to dried-out, gummed-up, lubricant films and the only cure is a professional strip down and re-lubrication which far exceeds the camera's residual value.

    Your camera (assuming it is a Canon A520) was designed for a maximum five year lifespan, so your only fix may now be to recycle it and buy another. Very few digital cameras last longer than five to six years, regardless, so you may want to bear that in mind when deciding how much to pay for a replacement.


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