When I put brand new batteries, it says "Change Batteries"
I have a Canon Power Shot S1 IS 3.2 mp 10X Digital Camera. When I put brand new batteries in it and then turn it on, the display picture (bird) comes on briefly, and then the screen goes black and then the screen say "Change Baterries". Can you tell me what the problem is? Thanks
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Use a Q-tip with alcohol to clean all the batter contacts (battery cover and inside the battery compartment), and a small hook into the compartment to pull up the contacts a little bit up. The idea is to make the batteries connect properly. Use NiMh rechargeable batteries or Alkaline batteries, don’t use other Dry batteries, which are not designed for digital camera.
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I've got the same problem with 2 A 480 canon. I put in NiMH batteries and they work fine. If you put in slightly drained used batteries they work!! Nimh batteries are 1.2 volts and Alkaline are 1.5 volts. There is definitly a problem with this camera. I measured the voltages of brand new batteries 1.51 volts each and they didn't work. I put in some old batteries 1.4 and 1.42 volts and they worked fine.
First make sure that you are using quality batteries, and not "super heavy duty". If so, some of The Canon Powershot A530 and A540 cameras are subject to an advisory recall. Seems that a small spring on the battery compartment door can short out the batteries. Suspect this of yours, in that you mention that your batteries aren't lasting long. If your camera is on the list, Canon should fix this for you for free, including free shipping both ways. This is regardless of your camera's warranty status. Please see this link for more info.
Digital cameras require vast amounts of battery power. First check to see if the camera settings are on the simplest or default settings. If you are using batteries from some of the big warehouse stores check the expiration dates. The next thing you can try are the batteries labeled specifically for digital camera use. They have stronger holding power for the abuse the digital cameras can put on a battery. they are more expensive, so watch your overall cost. Another way you could go is to use rechargeable batteries and keep rotating fresh, charged batteries in thed camera.
Having using standard LR6 batteries in a Canon before you will only get 3 or 4 pics max before it drains the batteries. You really need high power AA's like 2300mAH+ rechargeables for any good performance or Lithium AA's