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Old Jan 29, 2004, 11:51 PM   #11
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NHL, Happy (late) New (Monkey) Year

Also I forgot to mention: the "rest" curent I measured has a curious pattern. It's not a stable current; from time to time, it has a “burst” over the 180 μA . If you use an analog (needle) meter, you will see what I mean. Must be the “power managing processor” checking something 8)
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Old Jan 30, 2004, 2:15 PM   #12
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Ditto... So what's your new year resolution? A D70 should fit nicely with your lens collection! :lol: :lol: :lol:
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Old Jan 30, 2004, 9:04 PM   #13
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Yeah NHL, I think I will get this Nikon
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Old Feb 2, 2004, 3:52 PM   #14
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I had a similar problem - the camera would not shut off! It acted like it got "stuck" in the middle of exposing a picture so I opened the battery drawer to kill power. When I turned it on next time it was still in the middle of exposing a picture.

I returned the camera to Minolta and they fixed it under warranty.

Works fine now.
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Old Feb 13, 2004, 2:23 PM   #15
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I sent the camera back to Minolta and received it back in about 2 weeks repaired.
They replaced a board (I believe) and a couple other parts.

The current draw now is under 20ma.
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........The current draw now is under 20ma............

Unless you missed out a decimal point, I wouldn't be happy with that.

That's only 3.75 days to flat battery on 1800mAh NiMh's, and the regulator or cpu if it's running in a sleep mode, will drop out before then! KCan has a good one. VOX
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Old Feb 15, 2004, 1:21 PM   #17
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Two other readers on other forums stated the same measurement.
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Old Feb 16, 2004, 6:04 AM   #18
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Sounds like you need to keep the camera permanently tethered to a mains power unit then and take the batteries out?

Just because 2 people say theirs is 20mA (and you never know if they measured it correctly) doesn't mean that yours is OK. There is a 100 times difference between KCans measurement, yours and your 2 other posters.

I would consider any camera which discharges a set of fully charged batteries and possibly returns to default settings in 3.5 days, a product not fit for its purpose - despite what others might tell you. That is the argument I would use with the supplier - not whether it consumes X,Y or Z mA in its power off state! VOX
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Vox (& KCan) is correct, 20mA is several magnitude too high!
My D7 last for weeks on end when ON, but in the "sleep mode"... 8)
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I must of gone to the same meter reading school as those other 2 I mentioned eariler!
It seems after 20 or so years of reading meters I forgot how to.
I retested the camera with the same setup and found it was .2 ma not 20 ma! It seems I was on the 20ma scale and ignored the decimal point on the meter and it was showing between 14 and 22!

Can't believe I did that! I guess .2 ma is somewhat better than 20 and surely better than 100ma! Now if something could be done with the 1100 ma draw when it is on!
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