Digital Camera Problem

Discussion in 'Computers' started by Brian Harnish, Mar 22, 2003.

  1. Brian Harnish

    Brian Harnish Screenwriter

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    I just got the Olympus D-560 Zoom Digital Camera. It's great when it works. However, there's a big problem:

    It sucks the life out of my batteries in less than two minutes. I've been through several AA batteries without being able to take a single picture (the batteries work just long enough for me to press the button down -- for the lcd screen to go blank and come back on -- as if it's taking a picture). Then the battery indicator is flashing red (meaning extremely low battery life left). These batteries are Rayovac heavy duty AA batteries.

    I had to go through 5 pairs of batteries just to get the damned lens to retract so I could shut it off. It says it works on two AA batteries but the way this thing is acting, it more or less CRAWLS on two AA batteries.

    Are there special AA batteries out there that I need to get in order to get this thing to work long enough so I can take a picture? Or did I get a defective camera?
     
  2. Robert_Gaither

    Robert_Gaither Screenwriter

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    Maybe it's just me but I personally think rayovacs makes the worst batteries I've ever had to dealt with and I avoid them like the plague. I'd advise going to something like a dollar general store and buying generic alkalines over the rayovac's "heavy duty" as they seem to be much cheaper and last much longer.
     
  3. Brian Harnish

    Brian Harnish Screenwriter

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    Thanks, Robert! I'll definitely do that and see the effect they have on my camera's performance.
     
  4. Steve_Ch

    Steve_Ch Supporting Actor

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    It sounded like something is wrong with the camera, if it's indeed as bad as you described. I had an Oly 460z, and have a Oly 2100UZ, a set of battery of either camera will take hundreds of pictures and download them to my PC (I don't have AC adapter, so everything is run out of battery). The batteries can easily sit in the camera for 3-4 weeks too.
     
  5. DaveGTP

    DaveGTP Cinematographer

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    No camera should suck down batteries THAT fast, not even the cheapy batteries with the lightning bolts/lightning cats/chinese symbols on them. That has to be a faulty camera. How long have the batteries that you are using been sitting around, are they new?
     
  6. Martin Fontaine

    Martin Fontaine Supporting Actor

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    Although this is about the Nikon Coolpix 3100 (Mine as soon as it arrives at the camera store I deal with) but I believe that this might still apply to you. My dad who's running with an Olympus C-3030 Zoom said he had this problem too, but not as extreme as you...

     
  7. Jon_Are

    Jon_Are Cinematographer

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    Brian...try ANY other brand and see what happens. Make sure you use (new) alkaline batteries.

    Jon
     
  8. Scott Wilson

    Scott Wilson Auditioning

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    From my experience with digital cameras, go get yourself some good rechargable batteries. There are several varities and price ranges and they will more than pay for themselves in the long run. B & H Photo sells a wide variety.
     
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  10. Brian Harnish

    Brian Harnish Screenwriter

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    Got some rechargeables and BAM...my new camera works fine. It's great and I don't regret the purchase one bit! [​IMG]
     

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