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Power When I put new batteries in my camera it tells me to change the batteries

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  • bmcaleer Oct 18, 2008

    When I got the message to change batteries, I put in new ones. Camera worked for a couple of minutes and then the battery icon started blinking and I got the message "change batteries".

  • Anonymous Oct 21, 2008

    Same problem, except it only says change the batteries when i turn the camera on not when i view the pics.

  • TDeGrado Nov 04, 2008

    OK, maybe not the same problem, but similar. Mine said change the batteries. I did. Used if for a couple of shots (maybe 5) and heard a "pop".

    Now it's dead. The lens is stuck out. Won't work at all. Anyone else have this issue?

  • Anonymous Dec 02, 2008

    When I got the message to change batteries, I put in new ones. Camera worked for a couple of minutes and then camera powers off and I get the message "change batteries".

  • chrispc Dec 18, 2008

    My S3 is just over 2 years old. I primarily used rechargeables with alkalines as a back up for special events/heavy shooting. This summer I was away from power for a week and took and used only alkalines. Now the camera only powers up with new batteries, and if I use flash, I can only get maybe 1 shot off before "change the batteries" message appears and lens collapses and camera finally shuts off. I've re-tried rechargeables, different memory card, reset camera, pulled date battery (3.6v still), tested voltage on multiple sets of new alkalines after "failure" (all full and over 1.5v). A call to Canon was no help nor was cleaning contacts... Sadness.


  • Anonymous Dec 30, 2008

    Same problem. Approximately 2 years after buying the camera, it displays the "change batteries" message no matter how new the batteries are. If I{m lucky, it will power up for a single shot. Batteries are not drained, and no, it does not depend on the type of batteries. I tried several types, and got the same results each time.

  • dutchaccent Feb 13, 2009

    Hi, I also cannot take pictures, or maybe one or two before my camera tells me to change the batteries. Changing the batteries doesn't help, though.

    I'm desperate!!

    Please help!

  • nherrera_ce Feb 24, 2009

    My Canon S3 IS is doing the same thing. Mine started after I left it in the car during a freeze. The temperature was around 0 degrees F or so. After that it has done this no matter how fresh or what type of battery I put in, it always says "Change Batteries" I can review old pictures though. Anyone know what part usually fails on these when they are subjected to freezing temperatures?

  • MarkQUK Apr 05, 2009

    Switching on the s3 just gives message change the batteries, no matter what I've done (new batteries, cards, reset, clean etc.) can't get it to start up for more than a few seconds. Still reviews, connects to PC etc. so not a loss of power.

    Camera is 2 years old.

  • manhie May 02, 2009

    I have the same problem. Batteries need to be replaced after a few shot. I put in new batteries. I think Canon has a defect there.

  • Anonymous May 08, 2009

    Same problem too.

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It depends of the type of batteries. try alkaline or duracell heavy duty

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