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Battery drainage on Pentax K-x in manual mode

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

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franken Plus
15 4.6k 4 United Kingdom
6 Mar 2013 12:10PM
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.



learner50 6 2 United Kingdom
6 Mar 2013 4:43PM
Thanks Ken
Will give it a try.
MikeChase 5 4
12 Mar 2013 10:00AM
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 6 2 United Kingdom
14 Mar 2013 9:27AM
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.


Thank for the link to your website!

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