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Camera will not come on. I bought new battery for it and still nothing

It recorded that last time I used it only for about 10 minutes and it was showing full battery. After that is just shut off and will do nothing.

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As long as the battery is fully charged, if it doesn't work, the only solution is to return it to the maker for repair.

With items like this, the battery depletes over time itself even if it isn't used. I have some very good rechargeable batteries that will deplete in my camera if left for 3 months.

Posted on Sep 23, 2016

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