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Camera malfunctioning - any ideas? 172

Absolutely No Life Club Posts: 6,090
Camera malfunctioning - any ideas?
« on: February 17, 2019, 10:38:08 AM »
I dug out my cheap little point-and-shoot Fujifilm Finepix AX560 to see if I could find out what is wrong with it as it stopped working for me a year or so ago. With fully charged batteries in it, the low battery warning flashes and the camera turns off.
A search on the internet has turned up ideas such as adjusting the battery contacts, but today I noticed that when I turn it on with the play button (which only looks through the photos and menu/settings and doesn't activate the lens) the battery shows (correctly) as fully charged.

Any ideas what the problem could be?  :dunno:

Global Moderator Absolutely No Life Club Posts: 7,720
Re: Camera malfunctioning - any ideas?
« Reply #1 on: February 17, 2019, 10:48:52 AM »
Extreme weather such as cold weather maybe the cause... happened to my dslr once during our trip to Japan during winter
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Re: Camera malfunctioning - any ideas?
« Reply #2 on: February 17, 2019, 10:50:10 AM »
Try with regular AA alkalines - sometimes cameras are sensitive to voltage. I have a Canon that does that.

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Absolutely No Life Club Posts: 6,090
Re: Camera malfunctioning - any ideas?
« Reply #3 on: February 17, 2019, 10:59:02 AM »
Some people say to use Lithium batteries.

Zombie Apprentice Posts: 11,837
Re: Camera malfunctioning - any ideas?
« Reply #4 on: February 17, 2019, 11:31:24 AM »
The activation of the lens uses extra battery power (more amps).

The voltage of the batteries might still be ok, while the max output of amps dropped down completely  (read: batteries are worn).

Try some brand new ones that have a high amp rating.

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Absolutely No Life Club Posts: 6,090
Re: Camera malfunctioning - any ideas?
« Reply #5 on: February 17, 2019, 11:48:31 AM »
That sounds like a good explanation.  :tu:

Zombie Apprentice Posts: 11,837
Re: Camera malfunctioning - any ideas?
« Reply #6 on: February 17, 2019, 01:00:08 PM »
:hatsoff:

Our alarm panel batteries do the same thing.
After a few years of use, the max amp output is too low and the battery gives a fault error on the alarm panel. When taken out, the voltage measures ok, sometimes leading to discussions with clients who don't get the difference between Volts and Amps.

Alot of devices calculate the battery status by a voltage measurement instead of an amp measurement.
Which works perfectly, unless the battery is worn.

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Absolutely No Life Club Posts: 6,090
Re: Camera malfunctioning - any ideas?
« Reply #7 on: February 18, 2019, 07:18:43 AM »
I bought some Lithium batteries today...

The good news: The camera works now!  :nanadance:
The bad news: They are really expensive.  :td:

Global Moderator Absolutely No Life Club Posts: 6,922 I brake for cake
Re: Camera malfunctioning - any ideas?
« Reply #8 on: February 18, 2019, 09:01:53 AM »
Cheaper than a new camera.  :tu:
Absolutely No Life Club Posts: 6,090
Re: Camera malfunctioning - any ideas?
« Reply #9 on: February 18, 2019, 09:22:25 AM »
But almost as much as rechargeables.  :'(


 

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