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11/23/2008 03:29:14 PM · #1
Hi all,

Wondering if anyone else has noticed that the Canon Powershot A700 seems to have a very short lifespan.

I put in freshly charged AA batteries, only to see the low battery sign start flashing; it does this with 3 different sets of batteries, all freshly charged. I did replace the CR1220 battery lithium battery, and I know it could possibly be just that, a bad battery. However I am not in a real hurry to dig up the receipt and scurry off to town to replace it, as the D40 is now my main camera. But I was hoping to get at least another couple years out of it, it's a good carrying-around camera.

I've heard of a few other Powershots that have barely made it to the 2-mile mark and am wondering if that is par for the course with them. I take good care of it, it never got dropped into water or on concrete etc etc, it just won't power up and take pictures.

And it cost about $390 CDN when I bought it; its $200 predecessor, my 2.01 Samsung Digimax, lived for at least 4 years before I sold it to my ex-bf last summer.


Message edited by author 2008-11-23 15:29:30.
11/23/2008 03:55:42 PM · #2
No. I've still got my working G3 and it's probably about 8 years old.

I'm sure it all depends on how much it gets used and abused though.
11/23/2008 04:38:58 PM · #3
I've owned several Powershots, a couple of them refurbished, but all of them have lasted years without ever having problems. And I'm not always gentle with them; a couple have been dropped, and still work.

Sounds like you've just had a run of bad luck.
11/23/2008 04:48:15 PM · #4
The only thing I can think of is that I have left in my car when it's been cold, I suppose that would eventually mess things up. However, the Samsung experienced similar abuse, and lasted twice as long.
11/23/2008 04:56:33 PM · #5
I once was the owner of a wonderful Powershot S50. Dropped it one time to much, 5 minutes before viewing the Akropolis in Greece :(. Can't blame Canon for that.
11/23/2008 05:00:51 PM · #6
Originally posted by snaffles:

The only thing I can think of is that I have left in my car when it's been cold, I suppose that would eventually mess things up. However, the Samsung experienced similar abuse, and lasted twice as long.


Cold seldom damages electronics. Heat is another matter.
11/23/2008 05:03:44 PM · #7
My suspicions too, but I've never left it an exceptionally hot place. Again, did nothing with it that my Samsung hadn't already survived.
11/24/2008 07:10:15 AM · #8
monday morning bump
11/24/2008 07:16:04 AM · #9
I have a Canon A700 which was used to death before my recent purchase of a Canon 450D. I love it and it's still going strong after almost 2 1/2 yrs. It's really handy for those times where I don't want to, or can't, lug around my SLR. Prior to that had an earlier Powershot which my ex still uses. Sounds like you've had bad luck.
11/24/2008 07:29:55 AM · #10
Those are the same reasons why I still like mine.
11/24/2008 11:09:52 AM · #11
I have a Powershot G5 that I bought used that's still going strong. I had to replace the battery right after I bought it. I haven't abused it, but I have no idea what its life was like before I got it a year ago.
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