My Olympus c-5050 developed some fault. The low battery warning comes up despite the batteries being fully charged. Initially I thought it is due to my rechargeable batteries reaching their lifetime but the problem persists on new batteries as well. When fully charged the camera shows full batteries for duration of approximately 2-5, maybe 10 shots and after that the power warning comes up. The camera is still able to take a large number of photos on the same batteries but the red low battery warning constantly flashes, the operation is slower and sometimes the camera switches itself off and powers on again. A bit annoying. Is it a common fault, anyone encounter it ..?? Can it be repaired, any remedies ..?? Would appreciate any help on this matter, many thanks
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The reason you are still getting this error despite the fact that you've placed a new fully charged battery means that the battery is not compatible with the camera. The fact that it states this is because the battery isn't capable of handling the Olympus camera. I would suggest for you to buy a recommended battery pack by Olympus, or a rechargeable battery pack to avoid these errors.
Is there no sign of any light from the camera when you turn it on? When was the last time you used that camera? If you have left the battery inside the camera for quite some time, then most probably, it got exhausted. Despite of being charged for hours, can you put back to the charger again and see if it gives a red battery charging indicator? If it gives a red light, then you may need to replace the battery pack.
It is possible that there is a fault, or that the battery connections in the camera are dirty or corroded, but digital cameras are famously demanding on batteries. You must use good alkaline batteries or better, a set of high capacity NiMH recharegables. Zinc or "long life" batteries just aren't up to the task.
New rechargeable batteries are supplied only partially charged. You need to charge them fully before use.
Have a look at CNET.COM
I have the same camera and the same fault. CNET are suggesting Canon should recall the camera because of this fault. I did see elsewhere on the net that it was a battery contact problem and a home-made modification could fix it. The camera takes great pictures but I can only use it if I have a batch of fully charged cells with me, and keep changing them. If I go out I take my Olympus or Fuji with me.
Firstly digital cameras are notoriously hard on batteries especially if you are using normal alkalines. NI-MH rechargeables are a much better option and usually provide around 300 shots before they require recharging as opposed to alkalines which can be as low as 40 to 60 shots.
The A570 is also known to have an overly sensitive low battery warning and gives this warning off well in advance of the battery fully loosing its charge. However it does also have a tendency to "eat" AA batteries.
Recommendation - if you are not already on rechargeable NI-MH batteries move over to using them and you will not regret it. Despite the initial outlay on buying the charger and rechargeable batteries themselves you will definitely end up saving in the long run.
Try running camera directly on DC from charger and see if it stays functioning.
If it does, they you either have:-
1) a faulty Lion battery
2) the battery detect circuit in the camera is faulty (reporting low battery and forcing shutdown)
3) the power switch on top of the camera may be leaky or partially collapsed
4) internal power supply circuit in camera has developed a fault.
Good luck...hope that the issue is the battery.