Olympus battery life

  davecooper 08:29 15 Jan 2007

How long should the batteries on a compact digital camera last. I have an Olympus FD170 6Mp
camera and it seems to be eating batteries. I used three pairs of AA batteries in one day, each of which lasted about 30 mins and a dozen pictures at best. The camera wasn't even on for the whole time. I know these can be a bit heavy on batteries but surely not this bad.

  STREETWORK 09:20 15 Jan 2007

This sounds like a camera fault, you switch it off and it still drains batteries...

Battery life does depend upon use but it would be worth taking it back...

  siouxah1 09:34 15 Jan 2007

are the batteries you are using Alkaline types?
It is usually recommended that rechargeables are used. If you can try a freshly charged set of 2700mAh batteries. It is to do with the way that the voltage drop occurs on these types.
Disregard if rechargeables used.


  Graham. 09:50 15 Jan 2007

I tried two lots of Uniross 2700 mAh Ni-MH. I found they discharged after a few days, even out of the camera. I got a refund.

I now use the original 1800's and they last for ages.

Check the carrying case that the camera cannot accidentally switch on. To be sure, take one battery out.

  davecooper 10:34 15 Jan 2007

I am going to get one more set of decent batteries and try again. I must admit that I had considered whether the camera was getting switched on when putting the camera in its case as I thought the lens was extended once as I took it out. I was a bit worried that this may have caused damaged to the camera, but it seems to be ok.

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