Battery draning on digital camera

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azzopara
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I have Kodak DX4900 digital camera, which I have been using for a couple of years. I used to charge the batteries without any problem, unfortunately the situation has drastically changed. The batteries are draining immediately (2 photos Max). I have purchased new Nimh rechargable batteries from the local Kodak agents, and the situation has not changed.

What could be the problem?

Thanks

busbyvideo
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You may have an internal fault in the camera that is draining the camera. Rechargeable cells have capacities much lower than those for alkaline non chargable batteries, so won't last as long.

Take a look at this site for more info on batteries.
http://www.dansdata.com/cambattery.htm

Mike

azzopara
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I have tried various types of rechargable nimh batteries ranging from 1800mah to 2300mah. the result is always the same. I then switched to Lithium CRV3 batteries, again with the same result. Therefore you may be right in saying that there could be an internal fault.

Thanks

Alex

Alan Roberts
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Sounds like the auto-switch-off isn't working. I know this might be difficult to measure, but does the camera work for a sensible time when it's on? If you turn it on with fresh batteries and make sure it stays on, does it last near the time it should? If so, the camera's ok, it's power drain when it should be switched off that's the problem.

Either way, it's a "back to the shop" job to fix it.

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