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Batteries go low too fast. New batteries can only last for about 5 camera shots.

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You don't say what batteries you are using. I believe this camera takes AA batteries, which come in many capacities. The best batteries for high drain applications are not single use alkaline cells, but high rated NiMH rechargeables. See if a pair of 2700mAh rated ones last longer than what you have been using.

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I have to change batteries in my Canon A710 after 5 - 10 pictures, what can be the broblem and how to fix it?

Buy the best quality batteries, but NOT the highest mAhr ones. They are designed for long usage for low drain applicaions but may not be able to deliver the high currents required by digital cameras. 2100-2400mAh is said to be best. Also, use a good quality charger that can discharge and slow recharge to reconditionbatteries. I recently bought a Maha charger and some Imedion batteries. Now my camera works as it should. (previously it lost the auto-focus after a few shots). A bit expensive but cheaper than a new camera!

Dec 26, 2010 | Canon PowerShot A710 IS Digital Camera

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This camera is using up the batteries too fast. There is something wrong here.

What type of batteries are you using?
I have only found ONE battery that is worth buying for a digital camera, any make or model. I've always had HP cameras, but my last purchase was the Canon A1100 IS. It is amazing, but all that power makes it hungry too.

I have had nothing but success with the BLUE Energizer LITHIUM batteries. They run about $5-6 for a two-pack or $10 for a 4-pack at WalMart. We get an amazing amount of shots out of these. The only time I totally drained them quickly was when I took several movies. I always date the batteries with a sharpie to see how long they last. I regularly get from 1 month to 3 months, depending on the quantity of shots.

Other batteries, even alkaline, are useless. I tried the Duracell copper tops, and got maybe 8 shots before they died! : P
So, we now only buy the blue energizers, with no regrets at all!
(And the neat part? Those blue batteries have more juice left after your camera too. Once they are not powering up the camera properly, they can be used in other things that take AA, like small flashlights, etc, and it can still power those items as well. We have a beard trimmer that I never have to buy batteries for - I just use the used camera batteries and we get even more use from them.)

Truly, I am a loyal BLUE Lithium fan for life.

Oct 30, 2010 | Canon PowerShot A1100 IS Digital Camera

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Batteries drained off too fast. New pair of batteries can only last for about 3 camera shots.

You don't say what batteries you are using. I believe this camera takes AA batteries, which come in many capacities. The best batteries for high drain applications are not single use alkaline cells, but high rated NiMH rechargeables. See if a pair of 2700mAh rated ones last longer than what you have been using.

Oct 14, 2010 | DigiLife DDV-C330/C340 Camcorder

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After 20 sec or so, it shuts itself off

This sounds like a battery problem. Recharge batteries fully before proceeding. If the batteries don't last, replace them with new ones.
Low voltage in the batteries under load can cause this problem.

Jul 23, 2010 | Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W300 Digital Camera

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Flashes low battery with only a few shots. Battery is new. Also what brand of rechargable batteries do you suggest?

cameras eat batteries fast. the best cameras have rechargable battery packs.

i'd use energizer or duracell. try to stay away from alkiline rechargables as they wear out fast. try Nickle Medal Hydrate Batteries (NiMH).

Aug 10, 2009 | Canon PowerShot A560 Digital Camera

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Battery life

The rechargeables are only meant to last a couple years maximum (pretty good that you got three out of them). Also rechargeable NiMH's have approximately 5 times the power of standard alkaline batteries. Alkaline batteries should only be used in emergencies in digital cameras as they will only last for a short while before they are drained (as you've discovered).

The obvious solution is that it's time to consider purchasing a new set of rechargeable NiMH batteries. Look on the package for a power rating of at least 2,500 mah. Avoid batteries that do not list the power rating as they are generally inferior batteries.

Jul 20, 2009 | Canon PowerShot A710 IS Digital Camera

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Going through batteries abnormally quickly

Hi. I bought a used A70 that had that problem. I disassembled the outer body panels and found that a base panel assembly screw was too long, and was touching the LCD's ground cable, at the cable's tip. I changed the screw for a shorter one and it was settled. It never happened again.

May 31, 2006 | Canon PowerShot S1 IS Digital Camera

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Choosing batteries

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 more hours of fun and satisfaction with your digital camera. These lithium batteries are not rechargeable, they are long lasting. Alkaline: Using the 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 vary based on the Alkaline batteries selected. 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.

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