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Old Aug 26, 2006, 3:28 PM   #1
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Hi - I have a F700 with lithium batteries and no problem. Shows when the battery gets low. I also have an S5200. I went to use it yesterday and the batteries were dead. This has happened before. I did not see a warning on the camera. It is very frustrating if you want to take a shot of the sunset like I did. Is there anywhere you can check where the battery is on this camera. I have read the manual and I know it should show when the battery is getting low but somehow I have missed this feature because when I go to turn the camera on - it is dead! Any comments would be appreciated. Thank you.
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Old Aug 28, 2006, 4:53 PM   #2
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Shari,

Tell me you're not using alkaline batteries in your camera.

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If you are using alkaline batteries, you really must change to rechargeable batteries. There is no question about that. But if you are already using rechargeable batteries, had the camera been sitting unused for a considerable length of time? If it had, it is quite possible that the batteries simply lost their charge. That is a characteristic of rechargeable batteries.
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Old Aug 29, 2006, 4:42 PM   #4
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I am using rechargeable batteries and I had used the camera the day before. No icon came up to tell me that the battery was low as far as I can remember. I feel there should be some sort of a warning. The manual says there should be a red lit icon but I don't remember getting either time. Thanks for taking the time to comment.

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What batteries and charger combination are you using (brand, capacity, model, etc.)? You could have a defective battery, or batteries. How old are the batteries? Have you used them in any other applications besides your camera? Your charger may not be providing a complete charge to your batteries. There is also a possibility that your camera is draining the batteries even after being turned off. (rare, but I've heard of it happening). Your S5200 should display a red battery symbol when the battery state of charge is low. This symbol should blink when the batteries are very low, then the camera will automatically shut off. Is it possible you just didn't notice the red symbol?

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Old Aug 30, 2006, 1:45 PM   #6
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Ni-mh batteries, unlike alkaline or ni-cad, don't show a steady decline in voltage as they are used. When the voltage does drop enough for your camera to detect it and show the red battery-low icon, the charge is pretty much already gone. Ni-mh's also last a very long time, so it can be difficult to tell exactly how much charge you've got left if you haven't used your camera in a while. The only answer is to have a couple of extra sets and to make sure there's always one set in the charger ready for use.
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Thank you both. Sorry I couldn't get here sooner. I have a CamPower NiMH battery Charger and two sets of batteries. I was told not to leave a set in the charger to just sit for days or weeks. Yes, it is possible I did not see the red battery light but I was hoping there was another way of checking how much battery is left. Thanks again.
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