I had a similar problem...my lense woudnt go back in either, but it kept saying low battery and bleeping. I realised that my lense was stuck skwint, and that was what was causing the problem, once i straigtend up my lense it folded bak into the camera and worked fine wen i turned my camera on :D
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The manual says: The camera turns off immediately even when battery power is full. The remaining battery power is low even if new batteries are inserted. •The remaining battery power may not be displayed accurately, and the camera may suddenly stop working, when the type of battery and the settings on [BATTERY TYPE] are not identical. However this is not a malfunction. Depending on the battery brand and the operating temperature, or if exhausted batteries are used, the remaining battery power may not be displayed accurately. and: Use sufficiently charged batteries when using Ni-MH batteries. You also should set the correct battery type in the setup menu. So put in alkaline / NiMH or oxyride. According to what you are using. Before you panic, buy a set of alkaline batteries, to make sure your camera is ok. Perhaps you are using rechagable batteries who are not ok anymore.
I also have this problem. I put freshly recharged batteries in the DX3900 and the camera starts to turn on and reads the memory card (the green LED blinks) and then I notice that the in CAPTURE mode the lens does not extend out of the body housing. The top display shows a flashing low battery warning and after approx. 15 seconds, the camera shuts off with no function.
I have determined that the camera appears to have changed its low battery sense level as I have verified that the batteries are indeed fully charged by using a volt meter. If I have the camera in a warm environment, and do not have the LCD display on (removes a major power drain) the camera can be made to work for a short while. If I select the LCD to turn on, the extra drain seems to cause the camera's battery monitor to think that the battery voltage is too low and the camera shut down. I have yet to resolve this issue.
hi...ensure that the camera is turned on. If applicable, ensure the
lens cover has been removed before taking pictures. the LCD backlight
is turned on by pressing the DISPLAY button several times until the
screen appears. Depending on the camera model, the DISPLAY button may
be labeled as DISP or with a display icon. This button could be a
standalone button or it depends upon the camera model..... If operating the camera with a battery, ensure the battery is fully charged. Ensure the battery is inserted properly in the camera. If operating the camera with the power adapter, ensure it is plugged into a working AC outlet. Ensure
no Audio/Video (A/V) cables are connected for viewing pictures on a TV;
the LCD screen will not display when an A/V cable is connected. Perform a reset procedure on the camera....
The batteries u r using for your camera are of very low rating or low ampere output, you should use atleast 2100mAhr rating batteries and you will be very much satisfied with the performance.
go to your local walmart and but a set of nimh rechargeable batteries and let them charg when done charging install them in to you camra then hit the menu button go to the setup display and scrool down to the battery type and choose Ni-MH this will save you battery life from 5-15 min to 5-6 hrs of life.
the 3 beeping sound means that the camera has low battery capacity. the lens is stuck out because there is incorrect battery connection. there is an option on the camera setting for the battery type. try this one: -turn the camera on -click on Menu button -select options using left/right, up/down button -select Set up 2 -Select Battery type -Select Alkaline for non-rechargable or Ni-MH for rechargable -click OK button
this setting should be done when using camera for the first time and whenever you are switching battery types, from rechargable to non-rechargable and vice versa.
In cases where the blinking low-battery icon appears indicating insufficient power, wait approximately 8 seconds until the LCD monitor display and the EVF become blank. Then switch to another power source or replace with fresh batteries.