I have found that it is not just this camera, but all HP Digital cameras that I am having a problem with. After taking about 1000 pictures, the camera starts to suck up battery after battery. Even when the batteries are good (or even new) the camera sarts to shut it self off for no reason what so ever. I have returned this particular camera twice already to see if it was just a fluke. It's not. If you are not big picture taker, the camera series will work for you. If you are like me with kids... you will need something that is more reliable and cost effective.