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Camera works with power cord, but not with batteries. Help!

by Growr / March 21, 2010 5:24 PM PDT

Hi everyone.
I've got an Exilim FH-20, and there's something wrong with it.
I've put fresh batteries in multiple times, and after only a couple of shots it starts saying that the batteries are empty and then shuts down. It works perfectly when I plug it into the power mains though. I suppose something is wrong with the battery compartment connections or something, but I can't see anything amiss.
I updated the camera firmware, just in case, but no change.
Any advice?

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Panasonic FH20/FS30
by snapshot2 Forum moderator / March 22, 2010 12:38 AM PDT

Your statement "I've put fresh batteries in multiple times" brings up a potential problem.

That camera came with a Panasonic Lithium Rechargeable battery.
Panasonic is implementing a new feature that prevents using any other brand of battery in their cameras.

Are these "batteries" you are using made by Panasonic?

You should contact Panasonic about any battery problems.


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It caught me off too, but
by kalel33-20416052469708587370302374692233 / March 22, 2010 3:48 AM PDT
In reply to: Panasonic FH20/FS30

They're referring to the Casion Exlim FH20 and not the Panasonic FH20. I don't have an answer, but thought I'd catch this one, we all read way to many posts.

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My Bad
by snapshot2 Forum moderator / March 22, 2010 9:20 AM PDT

I don't see very many posts on Casio cameras.
I did do a search for FH20, but came up with Panasonic.
Thank goodness, there are only a few cases of using the same model number for two different brands of cameras.

Back to the Casio FH20.

There are a few complaints about the Alkaline AA battery life.
Some people report only about 20 - 30 pictures per battery set.

The NiMH rechargeable AA batteries should do much better.
But, look into the newer NiMH batteries that have a longer shelf life.
Kodak sells these under the name of "Pre Charged".

If you attach the camera to your computer to download photo files, you might consider using a card reader attached to your computer instead.

If you use the camera to show pictures to friends, this can deplete a set of batteries fairly quickly. The LCD screen eats up a lot of power.


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by Growr / March 22, 2010 10:30 AM PDT
In reply to: My Bad

Thanks for the advice everyone. I got myself some nimh (or whatever the abbreviation is) batteries and they seem to be doing fine. Maybe i was using old/weaker batteries before. It's weird, because I bough new batteries a couple of times.
Anyway, the rechargeables I'm using now are a little old, so I might get some new ones, but they do seem to be working.
Again, thanks for the help!

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Rechargeable batteries?
by LucJs / March 22, 2010 6:57 AM PDT
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