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Lost date and time data

When I change batteries, my Fuki Finepix S5500 reverts to the default date and time. From reading other posts, I expect that the problem is most likely due to a small flat lithium ion battery inside the camera.

1. What is the description of this battery. I read that some other Fuji cameras use a FZ04705 - 10 D. Is this the same cell?

2. Where can I access a service manual for this model camara, so that I can access the battery?

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  • p257 Aug 03, 2008

    There is no doubt that the problem is due to the failure of the lithium button cell, on the main board. As it continues to deteriorate, you will find that your solution will be less effective. Best solution seems to be to remove the on board cell, and to wire in a button cell holder, so that batteries can be replaced more conveniently as they continue to wear out.

  • BadJuju Jan 27, 2009

    Internal battery is stuffed

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I generally use Jessops 2000mAH AA's and these seem to lose their power gracefully and probably leave an internal capacitor charged-up within the camera that enables setup data saving - providing the batteries are changed in about 30s. This has been the same since new (about 3 yrs old now) so not sure about an internal Lithium cell extending this "hold-up" time being a major problem.

When changing to 2500mAH Tronic rechargeables I instantly lost data upon battery discharge. Strangely, this may be due to notionally "better" battery chemistry in that their terminal voltage is maintained until totally flat - by the time you get the low battery warning on the camera there is no charge left in the batteries/capacitor to maintain the config data in RAM. This has made the Tronic 2500mAH batteries unuseable in the S5500.

If you do get this problem, try using Jessops or similar, older type, lower capacity batteries and always have them ready for a quick changeover. I use a 2x2 nylon AA battery clip (as sold by Maplin etc) to hold the 4 AA's that keeps them tidy, ready to insert in the camera and importantly prevents damage or shorting.

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I had the same problem, the best solution that I found, was to make sure that I put the new batteries in with 30 secs, and the date etc, remained at the correct time.

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