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Battery drainage on Pentax K-x in manual mode

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    learner50
    learner50  2 United Kingdom
    6 Mar 2013 - 11:39 AM

    Hello,
    I have been using Pentax K-x for 3 years now and in auto picture mode get great use out of the batteries. Now I am learning more and using manual mode I find this seems to drain the batteries much quicker. Is this normal or could there be a fault with the camera. If i turn if off and leave it the battery light goes back to green but after only a couple of shots is showing half used or even more.
    Any suggestions or comments would be welcome
    thanks

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    franken
    franken e2 Member 123182 forum postsfranken vcard Wales4 Constructive Critique Points
    6 Mar 2013 - 12:10 PM

    I've got a K-x and I've noticed recently that the battery indicator does show that its draining a lot faster than usual.

    The main reason for it in my opinion is that I'm using the camera in colder conditions than usual and this does effect batteries.

    The battery usage indicator on the K-X is not that accurate anyhow. Pentax released an update to download some time ago and this was to correct the problem although I didn't bother doing it.

    A link here if interested.

    http://www.pentax.jp/english/support/digital/k-x_s.html

    regards

    ken

    learner50
    learner50  2 United Kingdom
    6 Mar 2013 - 4:43 PM

    Thanks Ken
    Will give it a try.
    Regards
    Rob

    MikeChase
    MikeChase  1
    12 Mar 2013 - 10:00 AM

    Yep, I agree with Franken, one of the reasons might me that you are working in cold conditions and that will surely drain your battery. Or maybe your camera is just getting old? I'll bring it to a camera shop and have it checked if I were you. I have a blog: http://shootdigitalpicslikethepros.com/blog/photography-forum-support

    learner50
    learner50  2 United Kingdom
    14 Mar 2013 - 9:27 AM

    Hi Mike

    Appreciate your comments - wil persevere and see what happens. The camera is only three years old so should be alright. The anomaly is the extra drain when using manual. If I stick to autoshooting the batteries last ages. Very odd.

    thanks

    Rob
    Thank for the link to your website!

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