Question about Canon PowerShot A520 Digital Camera

3 Answers

Battery drain My 520 has become hypersensitive to "low" batteries. Didn't use to be. Rechargeable or not, I will get 'replace battery' message on batteries that test way in the green on my tester. I cleaned the camera contacts with alcohol. New batteries will make it work, but fail way to soon ...usually at the perfect 'kodak moment'. Is it worth having repaired or ???

Posted by Anonymous on

  • Anonymous Aug 31, 2008

    I gave up on the rechargeables (have been using the 2700 mah) and got the more expensive lithium AA's (non-rechargeable). They're worth the cost.

  • Lena Sep 07, 2008

    My 520 turns off as soon as it flashes for a picture, sometimes with the change the batteries message and sometimes not. Sometimes it doesnt even flash. It turns off with the lens still out: the power light just goes off. I can still look at previous pictures and it seems fine, but when I try to take any it doesnt work. The batteries are brand new and non rechargeable. I've tried a few different brands. Does anyone know whats causing this? Can it be fixed, and if so, is it worth it?

×

Ad

3 Answers

Anonymous

I have the same problem and wrote to Canon. It's been a month but I am hopeful they will respond.

Posted on Aug 20, 2008

Ad

Anonymous

  • Level 2:

    An expert who has achieved level 2 by getting 100 points

    MVP:

    An expert that gotĀ 5 achievements.

    Governor:

    An expert whose answer gotĀ voted for 20 times.

    Hot-Shot:

    An expert who has answered 20 questions.

  • Expert
  • 35 Answers

I have the Canon A540, almost a clone of your camera, and it doesn't **** batteries at all. I thought it did at first, as a matter of fact, I almost returned it. But then, I stopped using my old rechargeable batteries, and started using the newer, higher mAH batteries. Try using a rechargeable battery that is 2500-2700 mAH or higher. I noticed that the older rechargeable batteries I was using were only 650 mAH, and it really made a difference.

Posted on Aug 17, 2008

Ad

Anonymous

Exactly the same. Used to be fine. It has only just started doing this.

Posted on Aug 13, 2008

Add Your Answer

Uploading: 0%

my-video-file.mp4

Complete. Click "Add" to insert your video. Add

×

Loading...
Loading...

Related Questions:

1 Answer

Gigaware wireless mouse instructions


The first thing to realize is that most wireless keyboards and mice will eat regular alkaline batteries for lunch. This is where most of my clients have gone wrong. It seems they are replacing batteries in a device around every month or even more often. For an office full of wireless devices, this can add up very quickly. Plus it also seems that certain devices act inconsistently with regular alkaline batteries. If you need to purchase a non-rechargeable battery for your wireless devices, you should purchase the "advanced" or "performance" type of batteries such as the Energizer Lithium or Duracell Quantum brands. For what it's worth, the Apple devices usually come with Energizer Lithium brand batteries. However, high performance batteries are more expensive than alkaline batteries and their cost will add up over time. So I don't recommend buying these batteries except in a pinch.
What I really recommend are a particular type of rechargeable battery called low-discharge Nickel Metal Hydride (NiMH). I believe many people stay away from rechargeable batteries because of misconceptions based upon past generations of rechargeable batteries. Many people perceive rechargeable batteries as expensive and prone to failure. But the worst stigma associated with rechargeable batteries are that they don't hold their charge and never seem to be ready when they are needed. The reality is that today's new generation of low-discharge NiHM rechargeable batteries have resolved many of the issues that previous batteries suffered from. Low-discharge NiMH batteries hold their power on the order of months or years after charging. Unlike previous iterations of rechargeable batteries that lost their charge quickly, you can charge these batteries any time and they will be ready for use when you need them.

Sep 25, 2013 | Computers & Internet

1 Answer

Toc not available


Problem solved: Downloaded service manual and after studying it for awhile found the fault.
1. On power up in "timer record" mode the 520 proceeds to record selected input until the timer shuts the power to the 520 off.
2. TOC info is stored in memory along with error code history.
3. On power up TOC is read from memory and written to disk and second recording started.
4. Found BT451 had failed (causing loss of 2 above) as soon as the power is removed from the 520.
5. Replaced BT451
BT451 1-528-739-11 BATTERY, LITHIUM (SECONDARY)
(Sanyo ML2016-HJ1 40mA/h 3v rechargeable is suitable replacement) shop around as prices vary

I actually fitted a Lithium battery removed from an old satnav I had lying around! bit of overkill really as it 1400mA/h

Note a faulty BT451 can cause quite a few other problems as well so it's worth checking out and replacing if low or not holding it's charge...........

Sep 02, 2013 | Sony MDS-JE520 Mini Disc Player

1 Answer

Cannot pair my nokia N6730c with plantronics voyager 520


You want to remember that newer phones are like small computers, so
they may become corrupt over time and you may need to reset them every
so often. Simply turn your phone off and remove again the battery for
a few seconds, then replace the battery and turn it back
on again. Then carefully follow the pairing instructions in the attached link.

Plantronics Voyager 520 User's Guide

Good luck from Headsets Direct!

May 29, 2011 | Plantronics Hama Voyager 520 Bluetooth...

1 Answer

Dead battery


Be sure to charge your batteries fully before installing them. If the batteries are non-rechargeable, dispose of the old batteries properly, and then replace them.
Rechargeable batteries have a limited number of charge/discharge cycles before they become exhausted. If your rechargeable batteries are dead after a full charge cycle, they may also need to be replaced.

Mar 07, 2011 | Cameras

1 Answer

My Canon Powershot A2000 displays a low battery even when I've just replaced with new. I've replaced several times, each time with two identical batteries, each time from a different package. I may be able...


Hi,
For the best results, I recommend you to use Canon rechargeable (NiMH) batteries. Rechargeable batteries provide the best performance and are the most economical choice.
Else......
AA alkaline batteries such as those from Energizer or Duracell will provide the best performance for non-rechargeable batteries.

Feb 11, 2010 | Canon Powershot A2000 IS Digital Camera

1 Answer

The low battery message beaps on my phone every couple of days even though I know it has been sitting in the charger securely.Do I need a new rechargeable battery?


Usually this has to do with cells in the rechargeable batteries dying and then not allowing them to hold a charge as long usually requiring you to replace batteries because over time it will get worse and the talk time allowed or off the charger will become less and less

Dec 02, 2009 | Uniden Cordless Phone

1 Answer

Digimax 401 keeps saying batteries low


the camera tends to take up a lot of battery so what the best solution is to buy some rechargeable batteries those work great. i have some of those. and they tend to last a very long time!

Mar 02, 2009 | Samsung Digimax 4010 Digital Camera

1 Answer

CAMERA battery low message with new batteries


I have the same problem with mine!! Had it about 14 months now too!! Glad I'm not the only one... I don't know what to do! I have gotten brand new rechargeable batteries and instead of getting 250 shots, I only get like 20!

Dec 17, 2008 | Canon PowerShot A650 IS Digital Camera

1 Answer

Printer will not charge camera batteries. camera screen said to go on line and look for m627-435


Did you go online and look up this troubleshooting tip from HP?  Did you make sure the batteries are rechargeable and in the correct orientation ( + and - )? Here is the results from looking up the error code M627-435 at the HP website:
Solution
  1. Ensure that the batteries are rechargeable. If the batteries are not rechargeable, replace them with rechargeable batteries.
  2. If the batteries are rechargeable, take them out and check for obvious physical damage. If the batteries are damaged, replace the batteries with rechargeable batteries in good physical condition.
  3. If the batteries are in good condition, charge the batteries using the external charger that shipped with the camera before using them in the camera for the first time.
  4. If you have tried each of the steps above and the status message still displays when you try to charge the batteries, replace the batteries.
Cause The Batteries cannot be charged status message is usually caused by one of the following:
  • When first connected to an optional HP AC power adapter or placed on an optional dock, the camera performs a test to determine if the batteries are rechargeable. If the test determines that the batteries are non-rechargeable, an status message displays in the LCD.
  • If the battery charge falls below 1.1 volts, the camera cannot detect that the batteries are rechargeable. The camera does not charge batteries below a 1.1-volt threshold to prevent charging non-rechargeable batteries. Rechargeable batteries discharged below 1.1 volts can be charged in an external charger.
    Apparently, your batteries are either seriously discharged where you need to use an external AC charger to recharge the batteries or their damagaed and need replacing. Hope this helps.

Oct 31, 2008 | HP Cameras

1 Answer

When should I replace my backup battery?


The back up battery should be replaced immediately upon seeing the message "Backup Battery Very Low - Your back up battery is very low or missing. Data loss may result from failure to replace the battery very soon. Consult the manufacturer's instructions for directions on replacing or charging the backup battery." Warning: It is important to note that the back up battery in the MobilePro 900 is not rechargeable, thus, to prevent data loss, it is important to change the back up battery immediately when this message is displayed.

Sep 14, 2005 | NEC MobilePro 900 Handheld

Not finding what you are looking for?
Canon PowerShot A520 Digital Camera Logo

Related Topics:

99 people viewed this question

Ask a Question

Usually answered in minutes!

Top Canon Cameras Experts

old marine
old marine

Level 3 Expert

2281 Answers

Ekse

Level 3 Expert

13434 Answers

Poul Brinchs Larsen

Level 2 Expert

159 Answers

Are you a Canon Camera Expert? Answer questions, earn points and help others

Answer questions

Manuals & User Guides

Loading...