Power Problem with Olympus C700

Discussion in 'Olympus' started by Fred, Nov 6, 2004.

  1. Fred

    Fred Guest

    I would sure appreciate hearing from someone who had this problem and FIXED
    a similar problem. (Please note -- I have already checked the batteries and
    battery contacts. The problem is with the power circuitry.)

    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, Nov 6, 2004
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    John Ewing Guest

    To establish whether the batteries are being drained by an internal fault
    you need to place the batteries in an external battery holder and connect
    them to the camera by a couple of insulated wires with miniature crocdile
    clips on each end. Place a meter in seies with one of thes wires to measure
    the current drawn from the batteries. I am guessing, but when the camera is
    off the current should be zero, and in standby probably no more than say 100
    to 200 milliamps (0.1 to 0.2 amp).

    Not sure of your skills as a sparkie but this would be my approach.

    Hope this helps,

    John Ewing, Nov 7, 2004
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    Big Bill Guest

    My experience...
    I started with a D-600L. It exhibited the same problems you describe
    exactly. Olympus fixed it under warranty.I have a C3030Z. It does the
    same thing. It's obviously out of warranty, and it's been replaced (by
    a Canon A75, as a second camera, and the one my wife uses).
    I bought a C4000Z to replace the 3030, and it failed as above under
    warranty; Oly fixed it under warranty. It failed again, Oly *said*
    they fixed it, but it did the same thing when I got it back. I gave it
    I bought a Digital Rebel, and have been very happy with it.

    I believe Oly has a problem with their power systems on the PCB. I've
    seen others with the same problems, and threads about this problem
    come up here, too.

    Bill Funk
    Change "g" to "a"
    Big Bill, Nov 7, 2004
  4. Fred

    Fred Guest

    Thanks, the batteries are fine -- they are not being drained.

    The camera power circuit is not seeing the batteries.
    Fred, Nov 7, 2004
  5. Fred

    Fred Guest

    Thanks Bill. Great to know this.

    Fred, Nov 7, 2004
  6. Fred

    Fred Guest

    Thanks, John. The batteries are not being drained by the camera -- the
    camera is not seeing the batteries. The batteries are fine. The battery
    clips are fine. The batteries AND the battery clips are fine. The problem is
    downstream of the batteries. It is not the batteries that is the problem
    here. Not the batteries. No No No.... Battery problem? No.

    (Aside: What is this fixation with "check the batteries"? How many times
    Fred, Nov 17, 2004
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    Doug Robbins Guest

    Perhaps you should switch to decaf.

    Doug Robbins, Nov 17, 2004
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    Fred Guest


    Fred, Nov 17, 2004
  9. Fred

    Fred Guest

    PS -- I do appreciate everyone taking the time to give their advice to help
    me solve this problem. Don't take offense at my wise cracks - they are
    intended only in jest...
    Fred, Nov 17, 2004
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