Camera has been a decent digital but recently when I load a new set of batteries, the camera shuts down on low battery after 5 or 10 shots. I can disassemble and check voltages. If someone can give me any tips on this I'd appreciate it.
Buy a Nikon!
Sony wanted about 3/4ths the cost of the camera to fix it. It had just run out of warranty when it started having problems. Sony is quite inflexible when it comes to warranty. I'll send my several hundred $ to nikon rather than fix something that may break down again (and still be out of warranty).
I'd appreciate some guidance. Lately my camera has been working odd - I put charged batteries in take a photo or 2 and it shows fully discharged. I turn camera off and on or take out batteries and out back and show full and I get another photo or two and the same issue. I tried cleaning the battery compartment connectors which appear clean and problem remains.
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Digital cameras in general use a lot of battery power; this one in particular is noted for short battery life. When it was new, this camera was supplied with a Lithium Ion battery for longer life; if you're using regular AAs, the battery life will be disappointing. Oh, and cheap batteries from the dollar store might not even work at all!
The most cost effective solution is probably high capacity NiMH rechargeable batteries; get a set of four so that you can have spares on hand. If even that isn't acceptable, look into getting the Lithium Ion one.
If you bought this camera used, the short battery life could easily be the reason the original owner got frustrated with it.
50 pictures is way more than I get from this camera per battery charge. It draws 500mA when on, and 1000mA of current from the batteries when charging the flash so battery life will be short.
It also has a design flaw that says low battery and shuts off even when the batteries are 95% charged.
Be aware that rechargeable NiMH batteries self discharge at a rate of about 1% per day. They have a strong Amp-hour rating but need to be freshly charged.
IF the camera won't turn on at all when trying NEW 1.6V Lithium AA's (those are the strongest AA's made) or freshly charged 1.2V NiMH batteries and you know they are charging up to at least 1.35V per cell (they charge above their rating) then the camera itself has a problem.
Even if you get it to work, this is one of the lowest quality camera's made. I have quite a few decent camera's and I've never seen anything like this one, it's rated for 5Meg but has less resolution than an old 2Meg Canon. I paid $39 for it new on 3-2010 and I sent it back because it has no purpose since it can not take a clear picture.
Sorry but the only solution with this camera is to get something better (Canon, Sony, Nikon).
when you purchased the battery minimum charging is 48 hours.please charge fully battery and then use it.I hope your problem will be solved.sometimes we are not charged the full battery and then battery life is also effects.
You're using the wrong batteries. You need to purchase lithium batteries. They are quality batteries for high powered, battery operated electronics. Personally, I have a battery charger and use rechargable duracell batteries. (HR6/ DC1500/ NiMH/ 1,2V) Gives you approximately 16 hrs before having to recharge.
go to your local walmart and but a set of nimh rechargeable batteries and let them charg when done charging install them in to you camra then hit the menu button go to the setup display and scrool down to the battery type and choose Ni-MH this will save you battery life from 5-15 min to 5-6 hrs of life.
Could be time for a new camera
But check out Kodak Support first.
It has been said that cameras in a certain price band[any make/model] are to be considered as disposable -like toasters and kettles I guess.
It is possible that the batteries are dead (they might be faulty or too old) even when they are out of the package, though unlikely.
Try another set of batteries, and if these don't work, you'll probably have to send it for a checkup.