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Re: What causes bad battery life?

Bad battery life has a number of major causes: The primary causes are: Selection of the wrong battery chemistry or type for the camera used Extremely power-intensive use of the camera A damaged battery (probably the least common cause of bad battery life) The way in which the camera is used is at least as important as the battery chemistry selection in influencing battery life. The highest power-usage modes in any digital camera will be video and live preview. Thus, heavy users of these modes will see the shortest battery life. Other significant power consumers are the strobe, zoom motor, fill flash, and the image LCD display. For longer battery life, use these modes only as necessary.

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Battery life is only about few days even if we dont use the camera,any idea how to fix the problem?


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Battery life is very bad. i can put in a new battery and it will last. maybe 3 to 7 pictures. and the low battery will come on. and maybe get 1 more pic. and then die.. am i using the wrong battery? i even...


With no mechanical problem,
It may Cost 90$ to fix it

I hope there would be a capacitor or an IC problem

But first test A Proper Pair of Ni-MH rechargeble Batteries

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What is the battery life...if its not fuuly charged could it cause the zoom to malfunction


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That is not good, by the way is there a possibility that the battery is over charge? because overcharging it will cause some damage on the battery and it will only good for a few months...

Hope that helps........

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