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I think I killed my camera -- I put the wrong kind of battery in it...

... I accidentally put the wrong kind of battery in my camera, and when I pulled it out, there was an awful burning smell. I thought it was the battery, but now my camera doesn't work at all. Can this be fixed? I've only had the thing for a year! Thanks!

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I have seen this a couple times. The aftermarket batteries short out the DC/DC board. Not a pretty site. A repair however is affordable, usually between $200 and $250, quite a bit less than a new camera. If you have any other questions please let me know.

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