Your paying $.12 a battery so it costs you $.72 to get back to 100% on the battery life. You lost your capability of taking night time pictures over 4,600 pics ago. I would think with the battery life that low your detection and trigger speed is also off. Just what is it your trying to accomplish here?
Surprisingly, detection speed hasn't suffered at all. I wish I hadn't deleted all my photos earlier because the camera can still catch a bird in flight. To answer the question of what I'm trying to accomplish is simple. To see how many pictures the camera will take until it finally quits. I have been as honest as possible throughout the past year since I started this thread. I was upfront when I noticed the flash quit working. None of my other cameras will take photos after the flash quits as far as I know. I can always tell when the batteries were low because the flash would get dimmer and dimmer. Not with this camera, the flash was bright until the end. I know this because I was watching for signs of a weakened flash way before it stopped working.
The fact that the camera is able to take +- 5,000 photos after the flash is beneficial. Especially for those who have their cameras out for extended periods of time any many miles away.