I tried the test.. I do happen to have an old AA minimag, the sanyo batteries are just a tad to wide to fit in it, but I got a wire and setup a small test... I'm concerned that I did something funny though... I'm really not that much of an electrician, so owning the voltometer isn't always useful.... at the same setting that got me 1.3 volts, I had a reading of 0. I had to go to a lower sensitivity and got .2 for all 4 cells. The light lit up.. maybe a tad dim, but not that bad...
with out load, they all still read about 1.31 Volts So no majore changes here.
I'm thinking about reloading the firmware....
The camera even turns on claims it has a full set of batteries and then turns off saying its drained them completely.