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Camera batteries drain quickly

My Olympus fe 210 batteries keep going dead in just a short time. I have purchase a battery recharger and batteries I even went out and bought K0dak rechargeable batteries ] can put the new batteries in the camera maybe take 6 or 8 pictures put the camera away take it out a couple of weeks later and the the batteries are dead any suggestions ?

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  • bigmo Nov 21, 2007

    Hi, bought my camera in June for my holidays brought it out to use at the weekend and the batteries were dead put it new ones said they were empty tried a different make and same thing happened again, any ideas whats wrong


  • Lou77 Nov 30, 2007

    I am having the very same problem. But, I bought and tried two different chargers and sets of rechargable batteries hoping something was wrong with the initial set. No, it just does not work well with rechargeables. Sometimes I can take a few pictures and others not even one!

  • Anonymous Dec 09, 2007

    having a problem with quick dis charge of batteries works for 10 to20 pictures then shows little or no battery charge .

  • flbaldy Dec 26, 2007

    When I called Olympus to discuss the battery drainage problem, they suggested getting rechargeables. But after reading posts here, I realize the problem is probably in the Olympus FE210 design. I'm going to write to the company and insist on my money back. I know it will not work if it's done only by me but if everyone with this problem wrote the same type letter, maybe the company would do something.

  • ricameraguy Jan 02, 2008

    Just bought this as a Christmas gift for my wife...It seems to get about two dozen shots per set of AA batteries, including those that came with the camera! Those were the last set I put in - gone through three other pairs of regular disposable batteries (all fro different manufacturers.) We experienced the same ridiculously short battery life issue with two of the rechargeable AA's I normally use for my own digital camera. It's going back to the store tomorrow!

  • midwesterner Jan 02, 2008

    Received this camera as a Christmas gift. Took 8 pictures, batteries went dead. Next set of batteries dead after 12 pictures. Third set of batteries lasted for 15 pictures as no flash was needed. I will be returning it.

  • Anonymous Jan 03, 2008

    I have had the exact same problem, reported it and was told to get rechargeables. I just began that process over Christmas and will see if that helps.... otherwise, I would like a replacement camera as well. While I love the camera, this battery problem is ridiculous and completely unacceptable.

  • Kailua Boy Jan 21, 2008

    I've found that the battery drains while the camera is off. The older FE-170 did not do this. Removing the batteries when not using the camera could help with this.

  • wb5bbw Jan 28, 2008

    Daughter got one for Christmas. Same problem - leave in the batteries, they go flat even when turned off. We are not amused.

  • prasanta57 Jun 17, 2008

    battery drainage on my Olympus SP550uz camera purchased 4 months back. only 15/25 shots with or without flash, viewing through viewfinder. what else can i do? little zooming, turn camera off when not required, etc.

    No respite from drainage. It seems I am duped by the company. The camera had also been checked by a company authorised service center at KOLKATA--INDIA. they say its ok! But the problem remains...........

  • cpjack Jun 24, 2008

    i have the same problem . i am lucky if it last for a day the recharbles. meryl

  • Anonymous Sep 29, 2008

    My Olympus FE-310 drains its batteries when not in use. I am using standard Alkaline batteries, as rechargeable batteries did not have high enough voltage for the first FE-310. I took that camera back, for exchange, because it too drained batteries when not in use.

    I do not like this camera. For this and many other reasons. Much preferred my Nikon Coolpix.

  • Anonymous Mar 24, 2014

    have bought new battery packs charged them fully and when inserted into camera in about 5 minutes they are dead even without taking a picture


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Open the battery door and check the contact between the camera and the batteries. Most often then not there is just a bad contact and it's ruinning your baterry life.
Make sure that the contact are well placed and that there is no rust or dirt build up around there.

Posted on Dec 20, 2007

  • Marjorie Ledford
    Marjorie Ledford Nov 01, 2013

    I can't do that as mine uses a lithium battery and you can't even see or get to the place where it connects. I am so upset as I thought for sure Olympus was a half way descent camera. Mine is baely 6 weeks old and taken 62 pics and now it is froze up and DEAD.



Take the batteries out when you put it away or better still buy a camera with lithium ion batteries which are built in e.g. Fuji F20 - great pictures too.

Posted on Sep 23, 2007

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