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Need some serious help with my digital camera

Discussion in 'Through-the-Lens Club' started by Cool Hand Hodge, Feb 25, 2006.


  1. Cool Hand Hodge

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    First off, let me start by saying i know nothing about digital cameras. Mine is a Nikon coolpix 3100. The problem i am having is that no matter what setting the dial is on, the flash flashes three times when i take a picture. Two small flashes and one normal flash. Also, with standard AA bateries i only get 3 maybe 4 pics before it dies from a low battery. WAIT...just got the flash to turn off...but why does it eat batteries the way it does? Also, is this a dec. camera or should i just upgrade it?
     
  2. sjfrellc

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    Standard alkaline batteries usually don't last long in digital cameras. While over the last two years most new cameras are better at power management they eat batteries quite.

    A set of 4 or more Nickle metal Hydride rechargeable batteries is generally the way to go. Google for reviews of your camera.
     

  3. Dandapani

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    +1000, I bought 8 batteries (two set of 4), keep one set charged and ready to go and a set in the camera. I've had them for over two years and have charged them at least 50 times. They hold a charge, and give good long service before needing recharging (they deliver good amperage through their service life). Best thing I could have done for my digital camera (besides buying a giant memory card :) )
     
  4. Mild Bill

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    The 3 flashes thing is 'red-eye reduction'...

    Turn that off and it 'should' only flash once...

    ;c