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My camera eats batteries like candy!

I can only take a total of 10 pictures before my camera goes dead on a new set of batteries. I have used charged batteries, and rechargables also. It lasts only a little longer with the rechargables. I have a friend that has a different model but with the same problem. It doesn't use the flash on every shot, so it couldn't be that. The problem started on the first usage, I have spent a fortune on batteries. Now the camera won't even come on at all with fresh batteries installed?

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  • vbgunltd Dec 05, 2007

    I have the same problem. I just purchased the newest Duracell rechargeable batteries. They are 2650 Ma and charge in 15 minutes. I put them in the camera last week. When I turned the camera on today the batteries were dead. There wasn't even enough power to retract the camera lense!

    Duracell claims these batteries will take 80+ pictures per charge.

    I'm wondering if I should return the cameral to Vivitar under the 1 year warranty .

  • Anonymous Dec 13, 2007

    I have the same problem - when I try to switch on my camera the lens extends and the Vivitar screen comes up and it just goes black. Then nothing. I've bought new batteries, and if I try to get it to come on a few times it says Low Battery and the lens goes back in. That's all the camera will do. It's very frustrating.

    Has getting better batteries fixed this?

  • Anonymous Feb 02, 2008

    Camera imediately shuts down on low battery even when new batteries

    are inserted.



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I have similar problems with a Kodak .. i bought the best lithium ion rechargeable batteries. and it still only lasted for about 10 min..
i put them in the charger and the charger lit up green...meaning the batteries are ready and fully charged only took about 15 go green.
i thought that was strange so next time i just let them stay in the charger for like 3 hours....the next time i used my camera i had it taking pictures for over 2 hours..non stop!!! i was so the dumb charger was incorrect when it says the battery was fully charged..

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Alkaline batteries are a No-No Rechargeable Ni Cads are little better The Best are NiMh Rechargables in the AA cell range or Li-on in the specialist range. Always get for the best.

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