How to Fix the Internal Battery on a Canon PowerShot SX150 Camera

How to fix a Canon PowerShot SX150 when it won't hold a time and date stamp

How to fix a Canon PowerShot SX150 when it won’t hold a time and date stamp

Early this year, my Canon PowerShot SX150 camera wouldn’t keep the date and time stamp.  Whenever I turned on the camera, I had to reset the date and time if I wanted it to be right.

 



 

I ignored the problem for several months, and all my photos came out saying they had been taken on January 1, 1980 (funny how good digital was back then!)  I finally decided to do something about it, but unlike the SX130 and SX160, the SX150 doesn’t have a little battery case on the side of the camera.

Sad face - no time or date stamp - happy face - now it keeps the time and date stamp!

Looking it up, most of the forum posts said it was nearly impossible, or at least, not possible without disassembling the camera and ordering a new part directly from Canon – the SX150 doesn’t use a button battery like the SX130 and SX160 (which both take a CR 1220 button battery).

The Canon PowerShot SX130 and SX160 have a button battery, while the SX150 does not

The Canon PowerShot SX130 and SX160 have a button battery, while the SX150 does not

But actually, there’s an easy way to recharge the internal battery.  It’s so easy – much easier than installing a button battery!

 

What You’ll Need

Camera, Camera Cord, and a Computer are what you'll need to recharge your internal camera battery

Camera, Camera Cord, and a Computer

Your Canon PowerShot SX150 Camera

The USB cord that came with your camera

A computer with a USB port

Plug the USB cord into your computer to recharge the SX150's internal battery

Plug the USB cord into your computer

1. Take the USB cord that came with your camera (mine was still sealed in plastic) and plug it into your computer.

The A/V Out Digital flap that gives access to the mini USB port so you can recharge your Canon PowerShot SX150 internal battery

The A/V Out Digital flap that gives access to the mini USB port

2. Locate the A/V Out Digital flap on the side of the camera. Open up the flap and put the small end of the USB cord into the proper hole.

Plugging the small end of the USB cable into the camera to recharge the internal battery

Plugging the small end of the USB cable into the camera

3. Allow the camera to charge for several hours.

Charging the internal battery on the Canon PowerShot SX150

Charging the camera

4. Unplug the camera from the cord. Reset the date and time (see below). Your camera should now keep the date and time stamp!

 

How to Set the Date and Time Stamp

What you’ll need:

Your Canon PowerShot SX150 Camera

A watch or clock with the correct current time

Knowledge of the current date

Knowledge of your current time zone (more or less where it is in the world)

 

1. Turn on the camera. Within a few seconds, a screen will flash indicating that you need to set the date and time. If you don’t want to set the time, you can hit the “Menu” button on the back of the camera, and your pictures will come out with the time stamp “January 1, 1980”.

1.5. (If you want to set the date and time, but the screen doesn’t come up automatically, turn on the camera.  Push the “Menu” button on the back of the camera, then push the right of the scroll wheel to get to the “tools” menu.  Turn the scroll wheel clockwise to the “Time Zone” or “Date, Time…” options to change these – you’ll need to scroll until the desired option is illuminated orange, then push the “Function Set” button in the middle of the scroll wheel (you will need to push the “Function Set” button twice to set the time zone).  Then follow the guidelines below.)

Setting the month (currently), day, year, and time on a Canon PowerShot SX150

Setting the month (currently), day, year, and time

2. Use the scroll wheel to the right of the screen to adjust the month, day, year, and time. To toggle between each, push the right side of the wheel.

3. Push the “Function Set” button (in the middle of the wheel).

4. Use the scroll wheel to adjust the time zone. I’m in Eastern Time, so New York is listed, and all the areas in Eastern Time are highlighted yellow.

Setting the time zone on the Canon PowerShot SX150

Setting the time zone

5. Push the “Function Set” button (in the middle of the wheel).

6. Your date and time stamp should be saved, and your camera is ready to go out and take some pictures!

 

Note: If this doesn’t work, you may need to replace the battery.  You might want to visit a camera repair shop for that.