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Camera will not come on when power is on in battery mode withe even new batteries /but will sometimes come on with usb power supply

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Camera suddenly powers down or stays off.

* The function of POWER OFF in (Setup) mode has been activated.
* The battery has run out.

*Set the option of POWER OFF to OFF.
*Turn the power back on or charge the battery.

Try this and let me know what happens and thank you, Binary Bob

Posted on Nov 30, 2008


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