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My camera is now going through batteries very quickly - 10 pictures per set of batteries - even less if using the flash. what could be the problem?

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The problem is most likely the type of batteries you are using.
Make sure they are rechargable. Normal batteries are not strong enough. Try using either rechargable Lithium Ion batteries, or rechargable Nickel Metal Hydride (NiMH) batteries. These are much stronger and should give you a good battery life.
If you are already using these, I suggest you take it back to where you bought it.
Hope this helps,
Gillian

Posted on Mar 04, 2010

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