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*istD Problem with Vertical Grip

I have bought the *istD and the vertical grip. Using it always with fully charged batteries I expected the camera to work longer. Suddenly I experienced a very strange behavior. The cammera very soon /after some 100 shots/ reports that batteries are depleted (even though they are not) when both release buttons are on. At such condition it even starts a non-stopable series of shots (not recording on card) which can only be determined by taking out of the batteries in the body. After some minutes without shooting it reports that batteries are full. I am using the alcaline AA batteries. Anyone has a clue what that all could mean?;-(

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Re: *istD Problem with Vertical Grip

Digital cameras require a large 'surge' of power when performing things like processing an image and saving it to the memory card. Alkaline batteries work best when used in a device that draws power at a steady rate. They do not work as well when asked to provide a surge of power. Your batteries are indeed not dead, but they are sufficiently depleted that they can no longer provide that surge that the camera requires. Take them out and put them in something like a TV remote or a radio. They probably have quite a bit of life left. NiHM and Lithium based batteries are much better at being able to provide the amount of current needed right up until they go dead. The 100 shots you got out of your Alkalines is at the high end of what you can typically with Alkalines in your camera. The continuous shooting could be a symptom of the batteries getting low. Another option to those previously listed are AA Lithium batteries which are cheaper than CR-V3's and last nearly as long. They are not rechargeable though.

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