I have had my Toshiba PDR-4300 for two and a half years. Most of that time, it has worked great, and I've been pleased with it, so much so that I bought another model Toshiba point and shoot (used) for my daughter last year. Both models take four AA batteries. I use rechargeable NiMH's.
I have recently developed a problem that is occuring on both cameras. Sometimes after inserting a freshly charged set of batteries and turning the camera on, the battery indicator will show a full charge, then immediately show battery depletion and turn itself off. Sometimes it does this so quickly that the lens does not retract as it should. This has been occuring more and more frequently. I tried switching to regular disposable alkalines. This helps, but the camera will show one third battery power after only a couple of shots and then allow only a few more before shutting itself down. This is extremely annoying! By the way, if I have the camera in view mode, it works fine. But as soon as I change to shooting mode and the lens extends, the problem begins.
The batteries themselves don't seem to be the issue. For example, I use the same rechargeables in my shoe-mount flash successfully. And the disposable batteries were fresh. I keep the battery terminals and camera contacts clean. My husband thinks the cameras may be short circuiting for some reason.
Is there any remedy for my problem, or are these cameras destined for the trash? I will appreciate any helpful advice!