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I put in new batteries...the camera works fine for four or five pictures and then the battery message comes on that I need new batteries. Sometimes that message comes on before I even get to take a picture. I have inserted 4 sets of new batteries....it's like the batteries are draining instantly.

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Same here, not the batteries
1.2v rechargeable Radioshack 1600mah & 1500mah did work though...

If you eventually get it to boot, go to menu and pick coolpix batteries.

Posted on Apr 16, 2011

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