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Old Aug 21, 2009, 11:11 PM   #1
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Default D40 Pics Too Dark all of a sudden

Hi all,

Tonight I picked up my D40 and tried to take some pics of my sons. All of a sudden all of the pics are way too dark.

I have tried A, S, P, and auto modes. I have tried both of my lenses but n/g.

Here are two pics as an example.

One is at ISO 200 and the other at ISO 1600. Both were taken indoors with flash on. Both are at f 3.5. Normally I have to turn down the flash setting when I am indoors like this because it's too bright. I have no idea what happened. I have tried resetting twice. The only thing I can think of is that the camera may have been on for the last four days sitting on the desk with the lens cap on.

I used it five days ago and everything was fine.

Please help.


I tried an old Minolta hot shoe flash and the pics are nice and bright. It seems the flash lost its power. How is that possible? Could it be due to humidity?
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Old Aug 22, 2009, 12:52 PM   #2
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Recharge the battery and ty it again. A severely drained battery will create this scenario. However, logic does say that that the battery saver circuit should have cut off the power to the camera after, at most three minutes.

Is the camera still in warranty? Has the camera been exposed to very high or low temps, or dropped? Those items also will create the scenario you describe.

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Old Aug 22, 2009, 8:11 PM   #3
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I have two different batteries. Both have the same result. I will try recharging one to see if it makes a difference.

No dropping, water or extreme heat. Just high humidity.

Don't think I am going to send it in for repairs. Will probably buy a flash.
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