I have a Nikon D80. I have recently bought a replacement battery because I was having trouble with the old one keeping a charge (so I thought). I brought the new battery home. (DigiPower) Charged it up...and it worked like a charm all during Christmas taking pictures. Then, battery indicator said that it was low (1 bar). So, I charged it up all night. Light was blinking with I went to bed...light was solid in the morning indicating it was a fully charged battery. When I put the battery in the camera, I still get one bar! No other information pops up on the screen. Completly blank. Please no one ask me if the battery was in the right way. It only goes in one way. And yes it is the right battery type for my camera. I don't know what to do. I'm so frustrated. Would it be maybe my camera isn't reading the battery? Please help!
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Re: Problem with camera battery
I'm guessing you have had the D80 over a year and past the warranty so you purchased a new battery. If the battery is fully charged and reads partial, check to make sure the contacts are clean (the compartment in the camera might have something on it or hopefully not some corrosion) use a dry q-tip to test and see if anything comes off the contact and on to the q-tip, if that's what it is, then you will be back in business. let me know if that's not it and we can try another route.
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Are you using the same charger for all of the batteries? If so, you might want to try another charger. I had a charger for my batteries (I have a D7000) that turned out to be bad. It would show it charging and then having charged them, but they were still dead.
If that's not the case, check the contacts inside the camera, that they are clean and free of debris. Those little gold contacts needs to match up nice and solidly.
If it's still a no-go, call 1-800-NIKON US (1-800-645-6687) 9AM-8PM EST, Monday through Friday.
Apparently there was something seriously wrong with your camera, which has now fixed itself. Nikon didn't put the LiveView feature into the their DSLRs until the D3 and the D300, which were released after the D80. The more recent D90 has this feature, but not the D80.
Your camera has a built in diagnostic computer. When Nikon gets the camera it connects the camera to a computer to checks for faults much like modern day cars. There is nothing you can do other than try another battery or send into Nikon. Batteries like camera can be bad.
That is just a mechanical problem. There is just a little hook holding the flash and it retracts when you push the bottom to pop up the flash. I'm sure it can be easily fixed, never the less your camera store or Nikon should take care of it. So take it back to the place you bought it.
You can check the status of your battery, including chargeble life remaining, in the Setup Menu. You need to have the CSM/Setup menu option to display Full menus, not Simple, in order to get battery status. So see if that battery status selection says you need to replace the battery.
Since you can shake the camera to get full battery, it's possible the battery contacts (on the battery or in the camera) are dirty, so check that.
If you do need a new battery, spend the few extra bucks to get a genuine Nikon EN-EL3e from a Nikon dealer. I have learned that many off-brand batteries do not properly implement a needed reserve, and "Genuine Nikon" batteries bought online from non-dealers are often counterfeit, just relabeled junk.