Camera won't turn on with fully charged batteries in it.
I have placed two different sets of fully charged batteries (NiMH) in my camera, which have enough power now to operate a cassette player, and the camera won't turn on. The green light flashes for a split second and that's it. Recently, I have able to operate the camera for decreasing amounts of time with the batteries...taking just a few pictures would cause the "low battery" icon to come up on the screen.
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Your camera can work with 2 AA sized batteries.
Always charge NiMH batteries before using them for the first time, or if they have not been used for a long period.
Always charge sets of batteries together.
Do not use alkaline batteries unless it is absolutely necessary. In most cases, alkaline batteries may have a shorter service life than NiMH. Alkaline battery performance is limited, especially at low temperatures. The use of NiMH batteries is recommended.
AA manganese (Zinc-Carbon) batteries and NiCd rechargeable batteries cannot be used with this camera.
If you are sure you have good batteries, also check if all contacts are clean and shiny. No oxidation is allowed. To clean contacts never use sharp tools. They can damage the camera forever.
Eventually clean contacts with a cotton swap or a dry cloth.
Also check if no debris is in the battery compartment. Just a little pice of paper can spoil all the (camera) fun.
Just to make sure, try some other batteries, then the ones you are sure of, they are fully charged. Perhaps, next time you are less convinced.
The solution to your problem is simple, Kathrynbax.
The battery never comes in fully charged. It's always charged only so you may be able to check if your camera is working. I suggest, you take out your battery and put it to charge for exactly 90 minutes as the manual says. Then I'm sure you won't face any such problems.
This actually a really common problem among Canon point and shoot cameras. There are a couple of methods that have worked well for others.
1. Open the battery compartment and remove the batteries. Then take a regular wooden pencil and place the eraser end down onto the battery contacts. Rotate the pencil to remove any corrosion. Sometimes a lack of proper battery contact will result in the low battery indicator.
2. Take a toothpick and wedge the tip under the battery contact and break it off. This will put more pressure between battery and contacts.
You can also try installing 3rd party firmware at http://chdk.wikia.com/wiki/CHDK_in_Brief This is a bit technical and will probably void your warranty, but might be worth the try.
This is a common problem related to batteries. Use 2100mA or higer batteries fully charge batteries. This problem occurs when you use alkaline batteries or faulty NiMH batteries. To solve the problem try with new fully charged NiMH batteries.
I had that problem. The camera can distinguish between NiMH and Alcaline batteries. Your camera is probably set to the wrong type. Put in fully charged NiMH batteries OR alcaline batteries, check which doesn't cause beeping. After switching on the camera search for the menu where you can change the battery type and change it to that type you want to use. Consult the manual if you cannot find the option, it's under the setup icon.
This happened with my Canon Powershot A470. I sent it back to he manufacturer and they said I was using the wrong batteries. Even though the camera is supplied with two alkaline batteries, they recommend using AA NimH rechargable batteries.
Not the camera obviously - works OK
Replace the NiMah batteries- get several sets and keep one set in the bag charged with one set in the camera.
You may be able to 'refresh' the original batteries by putting them into a small flashlight and running them until the bulb goes out.
This discharges them completely- then recharge.
It is said batteries have a 'memory' so that a battery that is down say 50% and recharged will only recharge that 50% and the other 50% is lost for use. So you have to flatten the batteries completely
The cable connector on the *istD looks fairly flimsy to me and I am willing to bet it is not designed nor will it last as many insertion cycles as the CF card socket, also the CF card is much more tightly aligned less chance to damage contacts by inserting at an angle, near impossible.
Any card reader is faster that using the cable, the cable is only USB1.
You say you are lazy, but gee whiz you must be vey patient waiting for images to download via the cable at USB1 rates.