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?
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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This is not a solution, however I have the very same problem, and as previously described, the problem have started recently after about two years. What make me think that there is an additional internal battery which died, similar to a PC battery that keeps the date and some other stuff
I don't have any experience with a fuji but I do believe it has a small internal battery that keeps just enough juice to operate things like date and time. I would take it to your local camera shop they will stear you in the right direction if not make the repair for you.
I started having a similar problem with my Fuji FinePix F10 after about 3 1/2 years of problem-free use. Another poster had some really helpful advice which I thought I'd pass on. It seems there is an internal battery or capacitor which basically fails after a while, meaning date/time settings etc are lost when the battery is removed. (Some people claim this is a motherboard/chip problem instead - seems to be contentious!) So the camera is faulty, but the problem can be worked around.
The advice I found, which worked for my camera, was this:
- Turn off camera and leave off for approx 15 seconds before opening battery door. - Change battery quickly (within a few seconds). - Close battery door and leave camera off for approx 15 secs before turning back on.
This retained all settings when I tested it multiple times. I imagine it might not work if changing over a totally dead battery though.
Just check out ebay - look for fuji convertor lenses, a pair of basic Raynox long and wide angle lenses are about £100 although you can buy higher spec ones for significantly more. With Jessops going through hard times they tend to put these in their junk/clearance bins - I got my wide angle for £1.39 after waiting for about 3 weeks for it to drop in price. Check out when they are closing or clearing stock. Guess all high st retailers will be in the same boat wherever you are based at the moment so willing to sell-off slow moving stock.
Check out the following site: http://www.fujifilmusa.com/JSP/fuji/epartners/ServiceSupportProductContent.jsp?dbid=839010&prodcat=2147483647&sscucatid=664262&quicklink=true
If that link does not work, go directly to the Fujifilmusa.com site, to the "Support & Contact Center" for their service advisory for the CCD problem. I have just found this myself, and have not yet sent in my camera. Good luck!
Check your manual- Some models have a separate 'button' battery for date/time functions- there are quite long lived and are on all the time.
If the manual does not reveal - seek out the Technical Support at Fuji
Leave the battery out for at least an hour. The camera will return
to default settings when the "memory" is cleared after the reserve
power in the camera runs down.
When you put the battery back in you'll be asked to set the time/date again. It'll also revert to 1MP so you'll need to change your settings too.
if it doesnt help, send it to repair - it looks like a switch malfunctioning...