Is this normal? (D70)

Discussion in 'Digital SLR' started by Sheldon, May 16, 2005.

  1. Sheldon

    Sheldon Guest

    I was shooting some pics today and during a pause the camera hung up on me.
    Wouldn't do anything, including turn off. So, I popped the battery out and
    back in and it began working just fine. Is this fairly normal?


    Sheldon, May 16, 2005
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  2. Sheldon

    george Guest

    No, it hasn't happened in the 1+ year I've had mine. Not even once. (But I
    have seen one or two people post about this problem before...and they did
    the same thing you did to get it operational again.)
    george, May 16, 2005
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    Bob Guest

    Never happened to my D70... my other cameras used to do that all the time!
    Bob, May 16, 2005
  4. Sheldon

    Sheldon Guest

    Hmmm. I guess I should just take a wait-see for now. It's only happened
    Sheldon, May 16, 2005
  5. Sheldon

    Sheldon Guest

    Did they mention how often it used to happen? This is the first time for
    me. Camera is about three months old, so I've got plenty of time on the
    warranty if this becomes a regular event.

    Sheldon, May 16, 2005
  6. Normal, no. Possible, yes. As with any processor-based electronics,
    sometimes they just get stupid and have to be re-booted.

    Douglas Tourtelot, May 16, 2005
  7. Sheldon

    DoN. Nichols Guest

    [ ... ]

    Nor has it happened to mine -- and I am coming up on about a
    year of ownership with a lot of use.
    How old is your camera?

    What firmware versions are you currently using? (Have you
    upgraded the firmware from what your camera had when you got it?) (Note
    that were are pretty close to the release date for the firmware upgrade
    to add most of the new features of the D70s (other than ones which
    require hardware modification). I'm looking forward to that.

    What was the state of charge of the battery when it happened?
    Was it nearly ready for replacement with a freshly-charged one?

    Was the camera bounced or jarred just before it happened? (E.g.
    is it possible that power went away for a fraction of a second -- long
    enough to confuse the CPU, but not long enough to cause it to reboot?)

    Note that there is the reset button on the bottom of the camera --
    almost invisible -- for situations like this. You would probably have
    to go through and restore all of your custom settings if you did this.
    I have not yet needed to use that particular button.

    Just some considerations.

    Good Luck,
    DoN. Nichols, May 16, 2005
  8. "Go stupid"? Really? I would say that all computer programs have bugs,
    including control programs built-into the hardware. Nothing goes stupid.
    Aaron Blacksmith, May 16, 2005
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    Norm Dresner Guest

    Never happened to me -- the first thing I'd check is to see if the battery
    contacts are "dirty". If they are, clean them with a pencil eraser.

    Norm Dresner, May 16, 2005
  10. Sheldon

    Sheldon Guest

    Three months.
    Latest, but have not loaded the new one yet.
    Battery had a good charge.
    It was around my neck the whole time. Never been dropped or bumped.
    I realize they put a reset button there for a reason, so maybe these things
    just happen from time to time. I've had to reset my Palm a few times, and
    I've had it a long time.

    Thanks for the ideas.

    Sheldon, May 16, 2005
  11. Sheldon

    Sheldon Guest

    Will do. Thanks.
    Sheldon, May 16, 2005
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    Sheldon Guest

    You know, I just upgraded the firmware on my camera, and if I recall the
    last time I checked the A and B may have been different before this last
    upgrade. Maybe I only upgraded halfway the last time I did it? Now they
    are both 2.0.
    Sheldon, May 16, 2005
  13. If your camera suddenly stops working, I think you should consider that a
    defect. However, Nikon has just released a firmware update for the D70, so
    I think that before sending it back to them for repair, you should wait for
    the new firmware, install it, and see if the problem goes away.
    Andrew Koenig, May 16, 2005
  14. That was normal. The previous release was 1.01A and 1.03B. Now it is
    2.0.0A and 2.0.0B.
    Thomas T. Veldhouse, May 16, 2005
  15. Sheldon

    Sheldon Guest

    Well, the problem only happened once, and the cameras was fine after that.
    I've already installed the firmware upgrade and no problems there either.

    I had a Sony that acted up once, and when I called they gave me the choice
    of sending it in for repair, or keeping it and they gave me an extended
    warranty. Never had the same problem again.
    Sheldon, May 17, 2005
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    Sizer Guest

    Congratulations! I know 3 people who regularly use a D70 (and I've put
    about 10k pictures through mine), and have never seen one freeze. They're
    amazingly reliable. But obviously you found a bug in the firmware which
    sent it into (probably) an infinite loop or munged some important

    Since everything in digital cameras these days is software controlled
    (even the alleged off switch), the only way out of that state is to pull
    the battery and put it back in, causing a real power off and on. I used
    to have to do it every couple weeks on my DC4800 and Dimage 7. So it's
    not normal that you caused it to happen, but it's 'normal' considering
    that you managed it.
    Sizer, May 18, 2005
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