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Old Jul 2, 2006, 2:49 PM   #1
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Hi Guys - I've noticed that when I upload my images to my computer from the DL camera, the battery indicator goes to 1/2. It stays there when I get done and unhook the USB cable. If I turn the power switch off, then on again it returns to solid on the battery indicator. The batteries seem to have plenty of charge. Has anyone else noticed this anomally when you use the camera to upload your pictures? Everything works fine, it's just the indicator reading. Eventually, I will get a card reader- Bruce
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Old Jul 2, 2006, 3:03 PM   #2
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I tend to ignore my battery indicator these days, it's been known to read empty on freshly charged batteries. I go with the attitude, as long as the camera still works, the batteries are fine! lol!

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Old Jul 2, 2006, 4:32 PM   #3
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me too.
there must be an issue with the battery meters. sometimes mine will say empty and i just keep on shooting. thought this was taken care of with v2 but i think maybe the meter is a little AI and is messing with our heads. when the cam turns off is when i change them.

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Old Jul 2, 2006, 6:28 PM   #4
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My meter never seems to indicate less than full charge until it stops working. I'm another one who ignores my gauge and keeps a spare set of charged batteries in my bag. My batteries maintain their charge for (what seems to me) a long time, so I don't think about it much.

My computer is a laptop hooked up to a 19" monitor (when I'm home). It has a card reader built in, so I always use that to transfer pictures. Much faster!
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Old Jul 2, 2006, 9:52 PM   #5
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The camera is drawing a lot of current when it is connected to your PC and subsequently will show a drained battery. By turning it off, the battery has a chance to reset itself and will then show a proper reading.

There is something about rechargeable batteries that is different to normal batteries when it comes to the power output. They are capable of giving maximum output right to the end unlike tradtional batteries that slowly get weaker and weaker.

As a result, these batteries can undergo a form of regeneration if given a short break in that it allows them to reset to the new output demand not actually recharge.
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Old Jul 3, 2006, 1:46 AM   #6
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alibunnylady wrote:
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I tend to ignore my battery indicator these days, it's been known to read empty on freshly charged batteries. I go with the attitude, as long as the camera still works, the batteries are fine! lol!

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Same for me: fresh batteries, indicates empty. Not so fresh: indicates fully charged. Solution: ignore and shoot!

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Old Jul 3, 2006, 5:14 AM   #7
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yep, noticed the same thing. I've been shooting for days now with the same 1800 nimh batteries.
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Old Jul 3, 2006, 5:31 AM   #8
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i just make sure i carry spares
and wait till the ones in the camera stop working

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what happens if i am downloading to the computer and the batteries give up part way through?
if i put new batteries in will the transfer carry on?
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Old Jul 3, 2006, 7:12 AM   #9
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hmm, no idea. I use a card reader, that way I'm sure every transfer I make will get completed.

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I'd be real worried that the files might get corrupted if the camera were to suddenly shut down while transferring data (do a copy, not a move function). Sounds like a good reason to buy a card reader.
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