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Technical problem camera will not operate. a blinking battery symbol in display panel only. cr-v3 battery voltage test reading is 2.94v substituting with 4 aa duracell coppertop batteries does not do anything- non operative and no display

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  • henry weslake Oct 11, 2006

    a solution was found for the battery problem.
    although the cr-v3 batteries each tested 2.94v, they were underpowered to operate the camera.
    as for the 4 new aa duracell coppertop alkaline batteries which each tested 1.598v,they were either not strong enough or to slow to powerup.
    however,4 new aa energizer e2 batteries which each tested 1.615v operated the camera perfectly.

  • misterclick Nov 02, 2007

    My ist DS SLR digital has worked fine till now-using 4 re-chargeable AA batteries, which I realise have a life of about 18 months, started to display either empty batteries of half empty b's but now the former is displayed when in fact 4 lots of batteries have been tried . 1 set new;others have worked before and all still do so in partner's small non-SLR which shows all as being well charged. I cannot get any set of AA batteries to turn on the camera which is some 2 1/2 years old. Local repair shops indicate a circuit problem (sight unseen) & shipping off to Pentax UK the only answer. I cannot locate phone No. of Pentax Servicing to seek advise whether similar problems seen by them & likely "fix". Web sites do not indicate similar problems but I hear there have been some problems with this model. Any advice? Pentax Service Dept phone No.? I am only in UK from Australia till Xmas-in East Sussex near Eastbourne. ericstrac@gmail.com

  • discos Jan 15, 2009

    I had the same problem with flashing battery indicator, now after 3 years, the camera is broken : the indicator blinks, but nothing else happens. Many ist ds suffer problems alike (and shutter problems too); my camera is like new but dead, shame on Pentax, my K1000 and MX still do the job !


    There is no solution found for this problem, because fixing is too expensive.

  • kimbelj Feb 16, 2009

    I have had this camera for about 3 years. I've been able to use both disposable AA's and rechargeables without any issues. Over the last 6 months however the battery life has steadily degraded to where it is erratic. With fully charged 2500mah disposables I can only get a few shots before the camera will no longer operate. Disposable AA's will not even power up the display. The autoflash stopped working about a year ago, but I guess that's another problem.

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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.

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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

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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.

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