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Battery drain My 520 has become hypersensitive to "low" batteries. Didn't use to be. Rechargeable or not, I will get 'replace battery' message on batteries that test way in the green on my tester. I cleaned the camera contacts with alcohol. New batteries will make it work, but fail way to soon ...usually at the perfect 'kodak moment'. Is it worth having repaired or ???

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  • jrsigns Aug 31, 2008

    I gave up on the rechargeables (have been using the 2700 mah) and got the more expensive lithium AA's (non-rechargeable). They're worth the cost.

  • Lena Sep 07, 2008

    My 520 turns off as soon as it flashes for a picture, sometimes with the change the batteries message and sometimes not. Sometimes it doesnt even flash. It turns off with the lens still out: the power light just goes off. I can still look at previous pictures and it seems fine, but when I try to take any it doesnt work. The batteries are brand new and non rechargeable. I've tried a few different brands. Does anyone know whats causing this? Can it be fixed, and if so, is it worth it?

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I have the same problem and wrote to Canon. It's been a month but I am hopeful they will respond.

Posted on Aug 20, 2008

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I have the Canon A540, almost a clone of your camera, and it doesn't **** batteries at all. I thought it did at first, as a matter of fact, I almost returned it. But then, I stopped using my old rechargeable batteries, and started using the newer, higher mAH batteries. Try using a rechargeable battery that is 2500-2700 mAH or higher. I noticed that the older rechargeable batteries I was using were only 650 mAH, and it really made a difference.

Posted on Aug 17, 2008

Exactly the same. Used to be fine. It has only just started doing this.

Posted on Aug 13, 2008

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