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    Default Battery Indicator turn red & back to amber

    Hi ,

    Is it normal for the indicator to turn red.. and sometimes it turn back to amber..

    If i power cycle , it also turn back to amber again
    The indicator is so unstable i cant predict.
    this is the first set of lithium engerizer battery given when i first bought the kx.

    it also happens when i inserted anotehr 2000mha rechageable battery which is hafl charged

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    Default Re: Battery Indicator turn red & back to amber

    Did you update your k-x ? the previous firmware is known to have battery reading issues

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    yes updated to 1.01 immediately i bought it !!!

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    this also happens on k-7, may be an electronics thing/limitation, the indicator on mine lags especially after a bout of high demand..

    one example is when using liveview, i'm used to seeing the indicator drop like a rock and tell me "battery depleted" and then shut off, but after awhile powering up it'll be okay..
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    The batt checking algorithm appear to get confused when you mix your batteries. Always wait a short while when you change a different type of battery to allow the testing circuit to stabilise and detect the batteries.
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    how to know what firmware I using?


    PS: its ok. Found already.
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    More important than the indicator changing colors constantly is the actual total number of shots you can take with your camera with those batteries.

    It seems, from what I am reading around the Internet, that different batch numbers of K-x cameras seem to have their battery indicators behaving slightly differently. Yes, it could be normal behavior for some camera bodies out there at the moment... even for those which have been upgraded to v1.01.

    Keep in mind that this bug can be further improved/tweaked with future firmware upgrades. As long as you are happy with the number of photographs you can shoot with your batteries, your camera is working fine. On a fully charged set of NiMH batteries you should be able to shoot a few hundred snaps. On a set of new lithium ions, you should be able to shoot more than a thousand.

    Do keep in mind that the more you use your flash and LCD for review, the more battery power you consume which will result in lesser number of snaps for that battery set... perfectly normal behavior.
    Last edited by sircam; 19th February 2010 at 01:00 AM.

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    Its not a very fustrasting but it sure pissed me once.

    I got panic when doing a photo shoot and its show me delepted.
    I changed to a akaline battery and it cause me to lose some important shoots.

    and i realised that my initial battery still could shoot more shots

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    initial battery is the 4 come with the k-x box?
    that is lithium battery which perform better than akaline one for digital equipment.
    try to look for lithium battery in supermark and u can compare the price different with akaline one...

    i think we should use Ni-Mh recharage... which can last longer than akaline one...
    try to get those sanyo one.... although it is exp... but they lost charge slowly when you are keeping it...

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    Quote Originally Posted by lanxer View Post
    Its not a very fustrasting but it sure pissed me once.

    I got panic when doing a photo shoot and its show me delepted.
    I changed to a akaline battery and it cause me to lose some important shoots.

    and i realised that my initial battery still could shoot more shots
    Use either slow discharge NiMH rechargeables (like eneloops or the equivalent from other brands) or disposable lithium batteries, and ALWAYS carry another standby set. (But comparing the cost of the rechargeables to the lithiums, its a no brainer to get the rechargeables.)

    I personally would never rely on alkalines as standbys.

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    REMEMBER THIS:

    Alkalines are low-drainage batteries... suitable for low-drainage items such as wall clocks, small transistor radios, etc.
    NiMH and Lithiums are high-drainage batteries... suitable for high-drainage items such as camera flashes, camera processing units, etc.

    Low-drain Alkalines should actually never be used with modern day digital cameras (except during a dire emergency) because modern digicams need high-drainage capability from the batteries inside them. Flash units will also recharge much faster. Because they are low-drainage in nature, Alkalines will seem to deplete faster... but actually when you let them rest for some time, their internal chemistry will juice up again (much slower than NiMH) and then they can once again be used.

    Different types of batteries are different in their internal chemistry. Once you learn about the basic types of batteries and their performance capabilities, you will be able to understand why they behave the way they do.

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