My camera is about 18mths old and has fired about 7500 shots. The camera won't turn on.
A charged battery (around 8.5V) inserted into the camera will drop to 3-3.5V straight away. This is with or without turning the camera on.
Tryed with known good batteries with same effect (ie dropping over half voltage).
It sounds like there is something inside drawing lots of current. It looks mostly surface mounted devices on the inside so will be hard to trace.
Anyone got any suggestions? or a repair manual / circuit diagram?
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If you have another battery definitely give it a try, most likely it won't work either. The problem is probably the fuse located on the DC/DC board that has 'blown' causing there to be no power. Replace the board and the camera should work fine. Canon will probably charge $175 or so for the repair.
Sometimes it happens that the ends of the battery get torn off while we place the battery into and out of the charger for charging. the battery heads get popped off which most of us dont notice.
i suggest you to get a new alkaline battery and check the same with your camera. If problem resolves go ahead and buy new rechargeable batteries.
It could be a number of things. The first thing you shouild do is remove the
back cover and check for loose screws. If you don't find any, the
problem may be a damaged battery door switch, a damaged
memory card slot door switch, or worse- it may be a defective
Most likely your batteries are just not holding a charge. However, before you spend good money on new batteries, try charging them on another charger (friend or sympathetic photo shop?). Could be the charger also. Usually it's the batteries, though.