Question about Pentax *ist DS Digital Camera
I finally gave up on rechargeable AA batteries entirely with this camera due to the power management problems. Pentax has even issued a disclaimer stating they do not recommend using AAs even though the manual clearly states the camera can use them. I'm now using CRV3s exclusively with no further problems, except the cost - $20-$30 Canadian a pair. Each pair of CRV3s lasts 6 months to a year.
Posted on Mar 19, 2009
Ericstrac@gmail.com-once again-Pentax isd-ds now functioning normally as I substituted rechargeable AA batteries (which did NOT turn camera on even) for disposable batteries. The fact re
chargeable batteries initially worked fine is a slight mystery but from other blogs it seems some types are a problem & it is feasible that if one of 4 batteries is deficient then that coule be an answer-or bateries are nearing the end of their working life perhaps?? Will buy new aa energizer e2 s & use them as spares if they work ok. Great cameras & pleased it is not the camera needing repair! Cheers.
Posted on Jan 17, 2008
I purchased a *ist DS used a couple of weeks ago, and it turns out to have similar problems. This camera seems very fussy about batteries. I am using rechargeable NiMh AAs. After about 30-40 exposures, the camera shows battery depleted. If I turn the camera off, then back on, it will show a charge - sometimes a full charge and will work for another 20 or so exposures. It can keep this up for a couple of days.
I read an explanation in one of the photo blogs (can't remember which) that suggested this was caused by one or two incompletely charged batteries in set of 4. If one is discharged the current from the others supposedly will flow to it, giving fluctuating power readings to the power management curcuit. This sounded plausible enough that I purchased a new charger yesterday which monitors the charge on each battery. Too early to tell whether this solved the problem or not. The other option is to switch to disposable batteries.
Posted on Jan 16, 2008
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