Having problems with your Canon PowerShot S3 IS Digital Camera ?

My PowerShot S3IS drains it's batteries while turned off. I first thought my rechargeables had gotten old, so bought new non-rechargeable batteries, took a few pictures, and the next day the camera indicated it needed new batteries.

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As you probably have figured, something internally might be draining the batteries. You can try to ohm out the battery terminals to verify this, but it could be a high-resistive short, and not noticeable. You have three choices, basically- keep the batteries out except for shooting, try "restoring" the cells in your rechargeables, or have it serviced. Condensation can create small areas of conductivity and high resistance, and this is what might be happening with your camera, but not likely. I've heard about this problem from others, and it does have one possible customer solution, that I know of. This condition can be caused by certain types of rechargeable batteries, for a variety of reasons, but mainly that they aren't factory fresh, and have to be "reactivated", so to speak. Here is an explanation of it, and it was in response to someone that had the same problem as yourself:
\015\012Also a quote from ebuybattery.com:
\015\012New battery sometimes is difficult to hold the charge. We suggest you remove and re-insert it several times while keep your charger AC power on, this will activate battery dormant cells and make them start holding charge. Furthermore, a new battery might need 4-5 charge/discharge cycles to approach its maximum capacity.
\015\012There are other good blogs and information about batteries on the net, and a lot of times they're the problem. I bought some "fresh" rechargeables from Hong Kong, and they took 2 shots and that's it. Recharged them many times, and just gave up. I've been happy with other things from there, but wouldn't recommend their batteries for my camera.
\015\012Anyway, if all fails with the batteries, you'll have to live with it, or have it serviced. Things like high resistive shorts are hard to locate without good parts to help isolate the problem, so repair is difficult, and time intensive.
\015\012Hope it's just low-cycled batteries, good luck!
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