About every other time I turn on my camera, the red light next to the viewfinder flashes and the camera won't respond. The problem is resolved if i turn the camera off and back on again, and it then works fine. Like I said, it seems strangely regular--every other time I turn on the camera. Any ideas?
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Hi. Based on your brief description of the problem I would think that the camera is failing to focus and the flashing red light in the viewfinder is the auto-focus indicator, make sure that the red auto-focus indicator is positioned in the centre of the viewfinder initially until you have experience of using it (to do this consult your camera manual) focus on a subject that has some contrast ie a red brick wall, grass or pebbles on a beach.
Hi . .
I downloaded the manual . . found I needed to replace the 3 volt lithium battery
located on the underside of the hand grip for the zoom.
Changed the battery . . . No red flashing icon in the viewfinder.
The flashing "boat" in the middle of the viewfinder just means the button battery is dead. Camera will still work. It's the little pull-out light grey plastic thing that's next to the heel of your right hand when you're using the camera normally. You need a CR2025 cell.
I have exactly the same problem and I found, that it is probably related to rechargable batteries. If I use normal batteries, everything works fine. Confusing is, that I used to use rechargable ones all the time, but errors started few days ago. I also have two sets of rechargable batteries, but both are useless now. Maybe that camera is getting old and it needs fresh 4x1,5V from normal batteries instead of 4x1,2V from rechargable ones.