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*istD battery problem

I had a weird problem this weekend while shooting a wedding. I had replaced my batteries with new EnergizerAA lithiums before the wedding,after about 50 shots, I get the "battery depleted" error on the LCD. I then changed those batteries(thinking maybe theyre defective) and about 100 shots into the new ones, same thing('battery depleted'). I then switched the camera off and back on, and the thing worked again for like 100 more shots, then the same error. Turn off/back on, it works again. Has anyone else seen this with the *istD? ps. I dont recall getting the 'battery low' warning light on the display panel, I think it just died both times. I really doubt its the batteries since it works for a good while again after powering off/on.

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I had the same problem with my cell phone last week. Left the wall wart at home (by accident) . Battery went dead and I plugged in the spare. That battery went dead and I plugged the first one back in. It came up happy and ran all day. Next day I switched again. I figure I got two hard days out of "dead" Lithium Ion batteries.

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Battery charge indicators don't measure actual charge but voltage because there is no cost-efficient method to measure battey charge directly. Instead, batteries are designed so that voltage goes down with charge. Now, the difficult thing is that not all batteries behave in the same manner. It is actually very hard to predict how a battery menufactured by xyz behaves. I would guess that Pentax engineers did not have Energizer AA's in their mind when they defined the voltage alert level. I would suspect that the battery status indicator is calibrated for the CR-V3 batteries that were included with the camera body, or something else. Only wild guesses above... And yes, I have encountered weird inidicator behavior with AA batteries, too. But not with CR-V3. I bet your mobile phone battery indicator plays tricks, too.

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