I have a pretty new (less than 6 months old) Canon Powershot A460 Camera. The camera will turn on but after I take the first couple of pictures a flashing red light comes on. It looks almost like a battery. I have tried changing both the AA batteries and the coin battery but this doesn't help.
Can you tell me first of all what this flashing red light is. I can't find anything about it in the booklets that came with the camera. And also how to solve the problem.
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Check to make sure the batteries are inserted correctly. Clean the battery terminals with a dry cotton swab that has a fine and soft tip,
and then re-insert the batteries.If the [Memory Card / Battery Cover] is not securely closed,
the power of the camera may not turn on.Close the [Memory Card / Battery Cover] securely, and then turn
the power on. If your camera still does not work even after you have performed the above
procedures, your camera may be malfunctioning. Please have the camera serviced
in this case.
The best way to download pictures from your camera to your computer involves removing the memory card from the camera and plugging it into a card reader (either built-in to the computer or connected via USB or FireWire). This is likely to be faster than connecting the camera to the computer, and won't run down your camera's batteries.
Once the card is plugged in, it will appear to your computer as a removable drive. You can use the operating system's drag&drop facility to copy pictures from the card to the computer's hard drive, the same way you copy any other files. Or you can use any photo cataloging program such as Picasa.
I have a Canon A460 that does this every now and then. Usually if I removed the batteries and put them back in, it does the trick. If that doesn't work, and the camera will stay on, try resetting it. Click Menu> Tools and then scroll all the way to the last option Reset All. Good luck!