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Rechargeable batteries NiMH don't last long

I just picked up my *Ist in the U.S. I started taking pictures to make sure it works. The first set of batteries, rechargeable NiMH didn't last nearly as long as I thought they should. I put in a freshly recharged set and went on taking pictures. I'm on my fourth set of batteries in the camera and at a party tonight the shutter wouldn't work and the display was flashing. The battery indicator showed them low. They weren't fresh but shouldn't have been used up. I turned the camera off and ten minutes later I thought I'd try and squeeze out a few more shots. The battery reading was fine and I took another twenty shots. For some reason, the camera seems to think the batteries are dead when they're not but if I turn it off it seems to reconsider. I wasn't using the flash, just taking natural light photos. Has anyone heard of something similar happening?

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Re: rechargeable batteries NiMH don't last long

I've experienced that phenomenon several times in various cameras, only once in the *istD. Something is conflicting between the power management circuit in the camera and current production in the battery. I have gotten up to 600 shots with a set of 1800 batteries and a dozen or so with flash with a set of 1600 ones that are nearly new, go figure. I imagine it is a battery thing. I would cycle those batteries a couple times - completely discharge them and charge them again.

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Re: rechargeable batteries NiMH don't last long

I used to have the same problem with my Sanyo 2100mAh. i switched to the Uniross 2300mAh and problem solved. that was using my Ridata 512MB 40X solid state CF. switched to Hitachi 4GB MD (from Muvo2) and now the problem is back. i have learned to live with that though, as it causes no other problem for me except for the faulty battery indication.

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Re: rechargeable batteries NiMH don't last long

If your batteries are new, within their first two charges, do not put to much stock in the performance you are getting. When I got my *ist D the first set of batteries I used was an old set of 2000mah Digipowers, and I was shocked. I got nearly 400 photos, lots of them with flash, and lots and lots of review on the LCD. I recently purchased some Kodak 2100mah batteries and for the first two charges could not get more than 30 pictures in either the camera or flash. They are now on the third charge and seem to be lasting much longer. I have read it takes about 5 charges for them to reach their peak performance. Also, if your batteries have been discharged by sitting in the cupboard, I understand they have to go through this conditioning again. If your batteries are older and have been continually used I might worry.

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I have loaded 4 new AA batteries and try to take a pic and "battery empty' appears in scrren and will not take a picture.


Be sure to have real fresh alkaline AA of fresh recharged NiMh batteries.

Good rechargeable batteries are Sanyo ENELOOP NiMh batteries, which have a very, very low own discharge. Some other brands have them too.

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It looks like your question was cut short... all I see is "Battery indicator reads empty when batteries are..."

With my experience with the Pentax *ist DL, I think the problem is probably that brand new batteries still show "empty" on the indicator.

Chances are that you are not using the CR-V3 camera batteries in your *ist DL. I have tried 2400mAh NiMH rechargable batteries and brand new alkaline batteries in an attempt to save money.

Neither lasted anywhere near as long as the CR-V3 batteries! While you may be paying $15-$20 for two CR-V3 batteries, they last a LONG time!

One of the advantages of DSLRs (and digital cameras in general) is that you save money by no longer buying film and paying for developing/prints. But, even at $20 for two CR-V3 batteries, I save money! I am able to take several hundred photos on a pair of batteries (I think the manual says 500+) instead of $10-$15 ($2-$7 for film + $8 dev/print) for every 24-36 photos!

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My camera indicates that the batteries are low and won't power on. But, when I put new batteries in, it still indicates low battery. What can I do?


Chances are that you are not using CR-V3 camera batteries in your *ist DL. I have tried 2400mAh NiMH rechargable batteries and brand new alkaline batteries in an attempt to save money.

Neither lasted anywhere near as long as the CR-V3 batteries!

While you may be paying $15-$20 for two CR-V3 batteries, they last a LONG time!

One of the advantages of DSLRs (and digital cameras in general) is that you save money by no longer buying film and paying for developing/prints. But, even at $20 for two CR-V3 batteries, I save money! I am able to take several hundred photos on a pair of batteries (I think the manual says 500 ) instead of $10-$15 ($2-$7 for film $8 dev/print) for every 24-36 photos!

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Have a nikon D80, sometimes when turning on and taking a photo the battery drains to no charge. have to turn off and back on again and camera works ok. have tried on existing battery and on a brand new...


HI,

You can try updating the firmware if it is possible first.If this doesn't help then try removing the batteries off the camera and allow the camera to reset for an hour and then put them back.
If this doesn't help then You need to use 2500 or higher rechargeable batteries - as soon as you switch to this type of battery, it will work fine!

Your camera requires four AA size batteries.There are several factors that contribute to battery life:

NiMH: This is the best solution for enjoyment and cost savings. NiMH batteries typically last longer per charge than the average alkaline batteries. NiMH batteries are rechargeable batteries, so they can be used several times and thereby reduce the expense of continually purchasing new batteries. NiMH batteries are typically sold with a power adapter for charging. The life of these batteries can often be determined by the mAh rating, the higher the mAh rating on the battery, the longer that they will last. NiMH batteries do not have the memory effect associated with NiCd batteries, which means that these batteries can be recharged at any time and at your convenience (you do not have to wait for the batteries to completely drain between charges).

Lithium: Energizer has introduced a new series of Lithium batteries that provide optimum performance and long life for disposable AA size batteries. Laboratory studies shows that Lithium batteries last more than three times as long as standard Alkaline batteries. This means many more hours of fun and satisfaction with your digital camera. These lithium batteries are not rechargeable, they are long lasting.

Alkaline: Using the LCD display, downloading images, playback, zoom and flash all require some battery power to operate and may decrease the number of shots per set of batteries. Performance may also vary based on the Alkaline batteries selected. To significantly increase battery life, be sure to turn off the LCD when it is not in use. The LCD consumes the most amount of battery power. The benefit of being able to use alkaline batteries is that you can find then almost anywhere if needed.

Manganese: If you are using manganese batteries, the typical battery life will be about 2 - 5 shots. Then the camera will indicate that battery power is low and may shut-down. To avoid this experience, use either Alkaline or NiMH batteries.

Optimum Solution: Use a set of NiMH batteries for longer use and to reduce the expense of continually buying new batteries. It may also be a good idea to keep a spare set of NiMH batteries for other devices that require AA size batteries on a regular basis. Use AA Alkaline batteries when the NiMH batteries need to be recharged and you want to continue enjoying the use of your camera.

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