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Battery life Every time I put in a fresh set of batteries my camera only takes about an hours worth of pictures. Then it starts to shut and gives me the dead battery symbol. I check the batteries with a voltmeter and they are good. I've read customer review's and this is a common problem, but the problem is not addressed on Samsung's website. I know the batteries are good. So the problem lies with the camera.

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  • Anonymous Dec 20, 2007

    i also have the same problem,and i feel like it is a waste of money! why my batteries do not last?

  • bubattolo Feb 20, 2008

    I have the same problem, and definetly it is something with the camera: I have brand new charged 3800mA batteries, took 6-7 photoes with flash, and then tells me that batteries are depleted. Took the batteries out, pute them in a portable CD player and it is the 4th cicle of playing a 70minutes cd.
    The nice thing is that was continuosly shutting down BUT the battery meter was at 2/3...
    The capacitor trick it's a little bit risky, and warranty wise not covered i think...

  • Anonymous Feb 20, 2008

    The camera will only hold actualy battery life for 30 mins if I keep rotating batteries from left to right I get afew more mins?

  • Anonymous Feb 22, 2008

    yes i have the same problem i spend more money on batteries alone then what i paid for the camera

  • danikcha Oct 06, 2008

    I have the same problem but with only one difference, the camera shows me that the battery is FULL, in other cameras like fujifilm finepix the same batteries can make many pictures after i took one pictuse with the s730

  • oregoncrete Oct 31, 2008

    Brand new rechargeable batteries will not power on my camera, brand new alkaline batteries do, but only for 10minutes of pictures. Terrible, terrible battery life. I would never suggest this camera to anyone. Tomorrow when I can get a smaller screwdriver I'm going to try a suggestion that someone made here. If anyone gets that to work let me know.

  • msaffel Nov 06, 2008

    Same problem, called support and was told take the batteries out when not in use. What a joke??

    Mike Saffel

  • thesoftbulle Dec 15, 2008

    It's gotten to the point now where I'll plug in new batteries, it will start up for just a moment, then give the low battery signal as soon as I try to take a photo. Then five minutes later, it may turn on, give me two notches out of three for battery life, drop to one, go back up to two, and maybe get five pictures taken before it dies again. Awful.

  • thesoftbulle Dec 15, 2008

    Same problem here. I'll plug in new batteries, and it will still give me a low battery alert and shut off. Sometimes it will turn on for a moment, but won't let me take any pictures at all, and the battery power gauge will jump up and down before turning off altogether. Useless.

  • nikkibaby Dec 22, 2008

    I got this camera last christmas as a present .. Since day one everytime i put brand new or rechargable batteries i get the same thing the most this camera has lasted with new batteries is most likely .. 20 minutes if even! Im getting a new camera for christmas that is chargable and doesnt run on batteries.. I dont know what the problem with this one is .. Takes decent pictures but sucks on battery life.. so you can barely take pictures im not going to waste 50 dollars a month say on batterys.. Cant wait for my new camera.. time to put this on the shelf for good!



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Hi everyone, After 2 years having this amazing camera but not long lasting battery, I decided to find some solution and ended up here.
I followed the advice of removing the silver capacitor from below the screen, (needed careful opening) and straight after putting it back together, my camera recorded its first amazing one and a half hours of video (non stop) with the same set of rechargeable batteries. It never ever ever lasted for more than 2 minutes of video recordings and never took more than 30 photos even without flash (I bought it because of the high ISO feature, so no flash was ever necessary). So here it goes my veredict: removing the date capacitor really worked. Hint: dont touch any part of the motherboard once the camera is opened, the sweet on hands may burn the circuits, so I advise wearing some rubber gloves. Thanks everyone.

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    REMING THE DATE CAPACITOR WORKED FOR ME! Yes, for the first time I was able to record almost 2 hours of video non stop without having to replace the battery every two minutes. it really worked for me.


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Removing the time date capicitator really helped thanks

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I had the same problem with the batteries until I got some Radioshack 2000mAh Nimh batteries. They come off the shelf fully charged and will go a day with heavy flash or video use or a week of ordinary use. Now that I don't have to worry about the battery anymore, it's a lot easier to use all the cameras features without running out of juice.

Posted on Sep 27, 2008

Remove the time/date capacitor, its the small silver color cylinder below the lcd screen when you open it on the back, worked for me, apparently it was discharging the batteries

the time won't show but everything else checks out

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I bought a pack of Kodak rechargeable batteries at Walmart for $15.00 9 months ago and they are still going stron - they go for about 4-5 hours without needing to be recharge, not to mention 4 come in the pack and the camera only takes 2 so I always have 2 extra ones ready.  I love this camera and use it non-stop on a regular basis (I took over 200 pictures yesterday at my daughter's soccer game) - get the rechareables and I think you will be happy.


Posted on Oct 15, 2007

I think its cuz the wrong voltages on the batterys, u need 1.2V, not 1.5............ most rechargables are 1.2V

Posted on Sep 23, 2008

That Happened to me n everyone was telling me to get Lithium batteries.. n now i have camera life...

Posted on Jan 07, 2008

Didn't see the other posts about getting 2500 Ni-Mh batteries. I will try that. I've been using Alkalines and Lithium...and this camera eats them for lunch.

Posted on Oct 06, 2007

There is no solution to this problem. This is why the S700 line of cameras are so cheap! Unfortunately, I discovered this after the 14-day return policy had expired (Circuit City). They told me to contact Samsung...but they don't even acknowledge the problem. Will Samsung replace this with a different camera? This one is almost useless the battery life is so bad! Anyone got a contact phone number or website?

Posted on Oct 06, 2007

The best thing you can do with the Samsung cameras are basic energy saving rules. Decrease the brightness of the screen and use flash only when it's really necessary. I always bring a extra set of rechargable batteries in case they run out too soon.

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