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My power shot keeps giving "change batteries" message. I've changed and checked batteries, and they are fine. It happens every time I try to shoot, and I am able to shoot one picture before camera shuts down. All I've done is change the batteries.

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  • Dianna Ritchie Aug 11, 2010

    My camera is a Canon PowerShot S3 IS
    Keep getting error message to change batteries
    Have changed memory card
    Cleaned contacts
    pulled on contacts
    Camera turns off after one shot

  • Dianna Ritchie Aug 14, 2010

    My Camera will only take one picture and then shut off.

    I have changed batteries.

    Cleaned contacts in camera, and batteries.

    Are there any other ideas?



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The problem lies when batteries doesnt have enough power in it.
so either you need to charge your rechargeable batteries..

Are you using rechargeable batteries??

If you are just using plain batteries:
You're using the wrong type of battery. Regular alkaline batteries are not good enough to use in a high drain device like a digital camera, because they don't have much power in them. So, using them is a complete waste of time and money because they drain too quickly and once they're dead you have to throw them away.

The most economical type of batteries to use are rechargeable AA NiMH (high capacity, 2500-2700mAh). Using this type of battery will provide you with much more power than the regular ones, and will allow you to shoot approx. 400 images per full charge, whereas if using regular alkaline batteries, you will only be able to shoot around 150 images or so.

If you are using rechargeable batteries then re charge them and put them back in.

Other than this, there could be 3 more problems :-

1. Dirt, dust and debris on battery connectors. You could try to clean it with cleaning solution and clean cotton.

2. Sensor is at fault and needs replacement.

3. There is a fault in the circuitry that makes the battery to be exhausted very soon. The usual symptom of this fault is ' Battery would be very hot when touched '.

Good Luck!!


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Hi, First try to reset you camera to default setting and clean the battery contact. If you can lift up the color gold pin using a tweezer or use paper clip,that you can found inside of the battery slot.sometimes that pins was goin down and cause of loose contact to the battery.

if the problem still occur bring to service center and request estimation first before they proceed to repair.

Good luck and thank you my friend

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  • Dianna Ritchie Aug 14, 2010

    Thanks Jonas,
    I've tried all but all of your suggestions except resetting camera to the default setting. I will do that next.


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The battery you are currently using could not be providing enough current volume on the camera. Make sure you are using Alkaline battery and NiMh.

Also, check if the contact areas of the batteries and the springs inside the battery compartment are free of dirt of rusts. This might result to low battery as well since it loses elasticity and will tell the camera to change battery. Clean the these contact areas or terminals and adjust the springs by pulling a little up with a small hook.

Please let me know how this goes. Thank you for using FixYa.

Posted on Aug 05, 2010

  • Dianna Ritchie Aug 10, 2010

    Okay, I have tried changing batteries, cleaning contacts, and tugging on springs. I can
    still only take one picture before camera turns off.


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