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Nikon d80 verious full batteries flashing empty. HELP!!

Help!! My D80 when used with a full battery is showing the battery is full then after a shot is flashing empty. I have tried this with four batteries, two one year old and two brand new. It gets worse, my original body is only a year old when this problem started. I am travelling at the moment and only had two days in london to fix the problem but nobody could help me. In my desperation at the thought of travelling for another four months with out a camera I bought another body only to discover this problem happening all over again. I'm at my wits end. Please help!!

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  • Anonymous May 06, 2008

    Same damn problem.

  • lisafurie Aug 21, 2008

    I am having the same problem! I sent my camera back, and they returned it saying they cleaned it up and that it was now fine. Still not working! Don't know where to go now.

  • Anonymous Nov 20, 2008

    I have the same thing and my local camera store's only solution is to send the camera back to Nikon - with a 4-6 weeks turn around time! No thanks!

  • James Korolas Dec 05, 2008

    Seems to be a design flaw with this camera.

    This is the third one I had where this problem occured. It's worse with the VR lens mounted, leaving me to believe that Nikon must be aware of this but has no way of fixing it, hoping/knowing that the problem does not occur often enough to be an issue that would impact sales. But then, I think the camera is discontinued now...


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I just went to Nikon USA's website and they now have a firmware fix for this issue!

It states:

Modifications enabled with upgrade of A and B firmware to 1.11

  • An issue that, in some rare circumstances, caused the battery indicator to blink, regardless of actual battery charge, has been resolved.

http://support.nikontech.com/cgi-bin/nikonusa.cfg/php/enduser/std_adp.php?p_faqid=16091&p_sid=PdGuUCkj&p_lva=13783&p_accessibility=0&p_redirect=&p_sp=cF9zcmNoPTEmcF9zb3J0X2J5PSZwX2dyaWRzb3J0PSZwX3Jvd19jbnQ9OTIsOTImcF9wcm9kcz0xOSwzMDkmcF9jYXRzPTAmcF9wdj0yLjMwOSZwX2N2PSZwX3NlYXJjaF90eXBlPWFuc3dlcnMuc2VhcmNoX25sJnBfcGFnZT0x&p_li=


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I dealt with the same issue a couple years ago - replace your charger. It didn't make sense to me either until I realized that the only thing 8 batteries and 2 cameras had in common was one charger.

That should do the trick. Let me know if there's anything more I can do for you, and please don't forget to rate fixya.

Posted on Apr 08, 2008

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The battery flashing just started for me too. To "fix" it, I took the battery back out, turned the camera on and off a few times (with the battery out), put the battery back in and it worked.

Posted on Dec 20, 2008

I have the sampe problem but I noticed that this is an issue only with the AF-S Lenses and does not happen with the screw drive focus lenses

Posted on Jul 13, 2008

This is a wide-spread problem and the most plausible cause proposed is bad connection between the body and the lens. Try to carefully clean the electrical lens contacts on both the lense and the body.

Posted on Jun 14, 2008

Nikon D80 w/ 18-200m VR
Don't replace the charger! I have the same issue using two batteries and two differnent chargers. Contact Nikon customer support. The false low battery issue is an issue that several others are experiencing.

Posted on Apr 21, 2008

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