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Powershot A430 canon camera battery problem

What sort of batteries should we use? Currently when we put in new alkaline AA batteres the camera says "change batteres" and unable to take photos. Any ideas?

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  • Anonymous Oct 14, 2008

    everytime showing change battery even with new batteries.

  • Anonymous Nov 18, 2008

    With new battery even with recharged battery the display shows "replace battery"

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Alkaline batteries just don't have the power for more than a few pics in a digital camera. Some may have reached their shelf life, and though brand new may even have problems just powering startup of the camera. Digital cameras for the most part should only be used with rechargeable NiMH batteries. Retailers sell these for around $7 for a package of four (about $15-19 for the batteries with charger). Keep in mind they'll save you big bucks in the long run over alkalines, AND they'll last for at least 100 pictures per charge (and probably many many more). You'll be very pleased with their performance, and may slap yourself for not buying them sooner. When at the store, look on the package for a power rating of at least 2500 mah.

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What types of AA batteries can I use? Canon rechargeable (NiMH) batteries For the best results, we recommend using Canon rechargeable (NiMH) batteries. Rechargeable batteries provide the best performance and are the most economical choice.
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