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Postby My Kitten » Wed Feb 15, 2006 12:53 pm

Charged my batteries as normal, put them into the camera and started as usual then the wee blinking icon comes out then the camera shuts itself down.

Bought duracell's last night, camera powers up, lasts 10 mins this time then shuts down saying theres no juice in the batteries.

Anyone help?
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Postby Pripyat » Wed Feb 15, 2006 12:54 pm

My Kitten, what make and model of camera is it?
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Postby My Kitten » Wed Feb 15, 2006 1:04 pm

Its a Fujifilm Finepix E510. It seemed perfectly happy until this illness.
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Postby Pripyat » Wed Feb 15, 2006 1:32 pm

My Kitten, have you tried NiMH recharg batteries. If a new
set of NiMH don't do the job, I'd be back at the shop.

Thermal issues could be a problem, some cameras hate
the cold. A friend has a Fuji Finepix and it hates cold
weather.

Image

That's the current batteries for my Olympus, available
from Maplins in St. Enoch Sq. or Great Western Rd.
£12 for a pack of 4. I've found that duracells only last
about 5 mins in mine.

Don't trust Alkaline batteries from corner shops, avoid
like the plague.
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Postby crusty_bint » Wed Feb 15, 2006 1:34 pm

My Fuji Finepix died the other week... similar scenario, new batteries (Nimh of course :wink: ) but it just blinked... then died :(
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Postby My Kitten » Wed Feb 15, 2006 1:36 pm

Tis re-charge nimh batteries I have. Mibbe I'll buy it a wee jacket :)

Hmm where the hell did i buy it from *scratches head*
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Postby Pripyat » Wed Feb 15, 2006 1:39 pm

I'd scan the camera forums folks. Will be back soon
got some work to do, happy searching :)
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Postby Fossil » Wed Feb 15, 2006 3:23 pm

might need a service MK. and if it does your better off buy a new one :(

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Postby Pripyat » Wed Feb 15, 2006 3:30 pm

Modern Fossil wrote:might need a service MK. and if it does your better off buy a new one :(

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Modern Fossil, how much does a service cost?
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Postby My Kitten » Wed Feb 15, 2006 3:43 pm

would mibbe jessops do a service?
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Postby Pripyat » Wed Feb 15, 2006 3:46 pm

I would pop in and see if they will give you a quote.
Perhaps others have similar problems. Just having
a trawl around forums at present, see if there is any
issues with the model.

P.S. Dodge the lightning, think we are going to get
hailstones.

Found this

n article ,
"SteveQ" wrote:

> My sons girlfriend bought herself a Fujifilm Finepix E510 a couple of weeks
> ago for those happysnaps.
>
> It worked well for about 5 pictures then whenever she depressed the shutter
> button the camera would shut down but not retract the lens.
>
> Depressing the on/off button shuts it down and retracts the lens.
>
> Tried changing the batteries etc but the problem still persists.
>
> Now I know that 50% of these problems are faults with the camera and 50% are
> from ignorance. Any suggestions which category this falls in?
>
> Otherwise back to the store tomorrow to either replace it or get that
> "you're an idiot" look from the saleman.
>
Is she using a 16mb media? It could be the card being filled.

She is using NiMH batteries, not Alkaline or NiCads?

If no to the first and yes to the 2nd - Take It Back and tell Fuji about
the problem.


Memory card, perhaps.

Try..
http://whatdigitalcamera.com/forums/ubbthreads.php/Cat/2,16,3,8,7,11
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Postby Tamandee » Wed Feb 15, 2006 6:32 pm

My Kitten, my husband has a Fuji Finepix S3000. He says there is a power saver in the setup menu. Go to "taking picture" mode, put up menu, then to "option" and there should be a choice for "setup" or "lcd". Choose "setup" and power saving should be in there.
Hope this helps :)
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Postby Apollo » Wed Feb 15, 2006 7:15 pm

Non-rechargeable cells can't cope with the demands of a digital camera. As noted, 5 to 10 minutes use if you're lucky. I've had as few as 3 pictures taken before a set died.

Rechargeables have a limited life, 100 to 500 cycles dependent on application and charging method used.

Many cheap chargers charge them as a set, so each receives the same regardless of its need. Those that were fully discharged don't get enough, partially discharged cells end up overcharged. Both reduce their life.

Not widley publicised, although NiMh don't have a memory like NiCad, they steadily lose capacity as they age, and LiIon do this from the day they're manufactured. (That's why I always avoid new cameras with custom LiIon packs at £70 a throw).

Before condemning the camera, try a new set of rechargeables, and subject them to at least 3 full charge/discharge cycles from new, or they won't be holding full charge.

Better still, invest in a computer controlled charger. £30 to £50 but lets you see what condition the cells are in, and cycles each one independently.
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Postby Fossil » Wed Feb 15, 2006 8:17 pm

Pripyat wrote:
Modern Fossil wrote:might need a service MK. and if it does your better off buy a new one :(

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Modern Fossil, how much does a service cost?


There is a service centre for cameras in Hope St I think it’s next door to The Toby Jug/ Starbucks, Central Chambers :? :?:
They also fix digital cameras.

Take some smelling salts you’ll need it when they give you a quote to fix your camera

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Postby gap74 » Wed Feb 15, 2006 8:40 pm

Must be a Fuji thing, my old FinePix S304 started getting thirstier and thirstier for batteries, sometimes refusing to work altogether if I didn't buy high quality AAs.

Eventually, it just started dying without warning, with the lens still out, until one fine day in Blackpool it decided never to switch back on.

Not surprised, really, I gave it a hard if short 2 year life, crawling around building sites and living in my jacket pocket in sweaty clubs...! But having heard all these stories, maybe it wasn't my fault after all!

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