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Low Battery when using screen

The camera works fine, except when using the screen. I get a low battery indication after only a minute of use, and then the camera shuts down (apparently due to it thinking the battery is too low to operate). This happens when I use any of three fully charged batteries. When not using the screen, the battery life seems fine, so this is not a battery problem. For example, I'm shooting without the screen. The battery indicates a full charge. I open the screen and turn it on. The battery indication quickly goes to a low indication, and then the camera shuts off. If I close the screen and turn the camera back on, the battery indication goes back to showing a full charge. The camera seems to act as if the screen were drawing too much current. What is the problem, and how is it fixed? Cost?

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Cudgegong said in another forum:

To resolve the annoying "change the batteries" problem. Goto menu, choose yellow menu, select
file No. reset to ON. Turn camera off and back on.

Voila fixed.

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Hard to tell from the imprecision of the description, whether this "solution" works, or whether it works only on one model of Canon camera, or just the particular camera Nisoca owns.
Judging from the hundreds of hits and top position of this issue, Canon cameras have a propensity for falsely reporting low battery condition and then shutting down, even if the batteries have just been changed. I've had this experience with a Canon PowerShot A490, an otherwise good pocket camera that is rendered useless by this serious defect. This failure happens to develop just outside the 1-year warranty period. I consider this kind of failure a product of calculated, engineered obsolescence to force repurchasing of cameras every 1 to 2 years. It's a ripoff of the photography customer. Canon's reputation and sales deserve to suffer for putting defective cameras like this on the market.

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