Need Help with Olympus C700 Power Problem

Discussion in 'Olympus' started by Fred, Sep 8, 2004.

  1. Fred

    Fred Guest

    I would sure appreciate hearing from someone who had this problem and FIXED

    I have a C-700 which is about 18 months old. My problem isn't
    ordinary battery drain, rather what I suspect to be some kind of short
    circuit. Newly inserted batteries, alkaline or (brand new, fully
    charged NiMH) re-chargeables only work for a picture or two. I can
    open the compartment door, rub the contacts a bit, and get maybe one
    more picture, maybe not.

    I posted this query about a month ago, and got a suggestion clean the
    contacts, check the springs, etc. I have done this and the contact points
    are all good & clean. No change in performance.

    Already checked the obvious -- tried several new batteries and all act the
    same, batteries are not in backwards, etc. The problem is with the camera,
    I know that for sure.

    Thanks in advance!

    Fred, Sep 8, 2004
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    Ken Weitzel Guest

    Hi again, Fred...

    Now that you've tried NiMh's you've kinda narrowed it
    down a bit... don't know how much it helps, but perhaps
    worth knowing anyway.

    If you can deplete charged NiMh's in only one picture,
    then when you removed the batteries they'd be blistering
    hot. You'd probably also hear them sizzling.

    If they aren't too hot to even think of touching, then
    you've narrowed it down to the camera merely reporting
    them useless prematurely.

    It's a start? :)

    Ken Weitzel, Sep 8, 2004
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  3. Any electronics technician with a multimeter can clip-lead your batteries
    thru the meter into your camera, and read the current drain the camera is
    putting on them in a few minutes. This will tell you why your batteries are
    running down. Then, you can send the camera in for repair, and tell the
    repair tech that it is drawing "X number of amperes at idle, and you need to
    get it fixed." If your batteries are 2000 milliampere-hour batteries, (for
    example) and the camera is drawing 4 amps, then the batteries are only going
    to last 30 minutes before they are stone cold dead. A camera should only
    draw current when it is taking or displaying a picture. When it is idling,
    or turned off, it should draw little or no current off of its battery
    William Graham, Sep 8, 2004
  4. Fred

    Fred Guest

    Thanks again, Ken. Yep, it's the camera that's the problem all right - not
    the batteries. Batteries aren't being depleted. Camera sees "good"
    batteries as "bad."
    Fred, Sep 8, 2004
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    Fred Guest

    Are you guys not able to read????

    1 - Batteries are fine! They check out fine with meter and other devices.

    2 - Batteries are not being drained by camera. The camera circuitry is not
    seeing the voltage from the batteries.

    3 - Battery contacts are fine. Making good contact and they are clean.

    4 - The problem is with the CAMERA -- not the batteries.

    5 - Can we drop the "check the batteries" discussion now?

    6 - Looks like I picked the wrong day to stop smoking!


    One more time ...
    Fred, Sep 26, 2004
  6. Apparently you are the one with the reading problem.....I did not suggest
    that the problem was not with the camera. I mearly suggested that you
    measure the rate at which your DEFECTIVE CAMERA was draining down the
    batteries, so you could tell the repair facility when you bring them the
    camera. If nothing else, they will know that you have taken the trouble to
    find out that the problem is really with the camera, and you are not just
    trying to run it with bad batteries.
    William Graham, Sep 27, 2004
  7. Fred

    Fred Guest

    Sorry, I guess I misunderstood, what with the current preoccupation everyone
    seems to have with checking batteries. Thanks for the suggestion.

    You're not THEE Billy Graham are you? If so, can you heal my camera? (Don't
    need to heal the batteries -- they're fine.)
    Fred, Oct 1, 2004
  8. No, not related to him or anyone famous.....I had a cousin who used to know
    Clark Gable.........Does that count?
    William Graham, Oct 1, 2004
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    Fred Guest

    Heck yes!! That counts!!
    Fred, Oct 18, 2004
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    Fred Guest

    Back on topic.....

    I will pay $100 for a REAL service manual on the C-700. Photocopy OK.

    If you can get your hands on one, send me an email at


    Fred, Oct 18, 2004
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    Ed Guest

    Try this.
    Ed, Oct 19, 2004
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    Wolf359 Guest

    Gerry Gibbs Camerahouse in Perth have one second hand in the box. You would
    be better off buying that one considering al lthe time and effort you have
    put into your old one.
    Wolf359, Oct 19, 2004
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    pluto Guest

  14. Fred

    Fred Guest

    Holy smokes!! That's great, Ed! Excellent manual to have on hand. Didn't
    see any troubleshooting or service info though.

    Fred, Oct 28, 2004
  15. Fred

    Fred Guest

    Thanks. How can I get in touch with them?

    Fred, Oct 28, 2004
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    Fred Guest

    Fred, Oct 28, 2004
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