Konica Minolta A2 problem

Discussion in 'Minolta' started by John Cartmell, Jul 23, 2005.

  1. My daughter's Konica Minolta A2 is flashing 'battery too low' and won't
    operate. It worked OK a week ago and the batteries have been recharged and
    work OK on other cameras.
    She's off on holiday first thing Monday to take some wildlife photographs in
    the Isle of Man; without the camera the whole purpose of the holiday is
    wasted.

    If anyone has any idea what might be wrong and knows of any way we could put
    it right we'd be *very* grateful.

    Many thanks,
     
    John Cartmell, Jul 23, 2005
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  2. The battery itself may have a failure in its circuit. This is most
    likely. You can get a replacement battery at many dealers now including
    Jessop/Dixons own brands etc and I suggest first of all getting a new cell.

    David
     
    David Kilpatrick, Jul 24, 2005
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  3. That's what we hoped - but the battery works perfectly OK on an A1 we borrowed
    at Jessops.

    It looks as if Amy will be stuck with her old Olympus film camera tomorrow.
    Definitely not the week as intended. ;-(
     
    John Cartmell, Jul 24, 2005
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  4. Try this - plug in a 6V external battery or mains adaptor. I wish I
    could help, I could easily have posted you a battery and charger which
    would have run the camera externally.

    David
     
    David Kilpatrick, Jul 24, 2005
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  5. Would that let us do something to get it working on batteries? Its use this
    week is 'out in the field/on boat' ?
     
    John Cartmell, Jul 24, 2005
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  6. John Cartmell

    GlynM Guest

    This is a bit of a long shot but I guess you are running out of options.

    I don't have an A2 (I have an A200 which I think uses a different battery)
    but the fact that it is flashing battery low and is not completely dead
    indicates that it is getting something from the battery and, assuming from
    your tests that the battery is fine, suggests that there is something
    causing some resistance in the battery circuit.

    Have you tried looking at the terminals in the battery compartment ( I used
    a torch to try this on my A200) and checking that they look clean and are
    not bent or stuck down?

    Glyn
     
    GlynM, Jul 24, 2005
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  7. I have used a couple of different beltpack Lithion batteries with many
    digital cameras. My favourite is the PoweRRunner which lets you charge
    in the car, change voltages etc. It just fits your belt, and flexible
    coiled cable goes to the camera. You get thousands rather than hundreds
    of shots from a charge and hardly notice the 'umbilical'. I usually have
    one charged up with me and it fits nearly all my different cameras. When
    Kodak sent me a Pro/c to test, they missed out the power pack, and I was
    immediately able to get the camera up and running with the PowerRRunner.

    Cost me £53.

    David
     
    David Kilpatrick, Jul 24, 2005
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  8. Very many thanks for that.
     
    John Cartmell, Jul 24, 2005
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  9. Yes.
    The puzzling thing is that the change from working perfectly OK to not working
    happened within a couple of days. It has taken us longer to appreciate the
    problem as Amy originally assumed that she had stupidly let both batteries
    drain - that's what the camera told her. It meant that she couldn't use the
    camera on occasion 1 (her neice's 1st birthday party) so she ensured that both
    batteries would be fully charged in time for occasion 2 (Isle of Man trip).
    Unfortunately, by the time she checked the batteries it was too late to do
    anything about what now appears to be a camera fault. :-(
    If you do something silly or leave a product stored for a long time then you
    check for faults/deterioration. When in regular and careful use a "go away,
    I'm sulking" message comes as a surprise.
     
    John Cartmell, Jul 24, 2005
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