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OM-D battery problem?

mikehit 8 8.0k 13 United Kingdom
16 Jul 2013 2:59PM
I seem to have a problem with my OM-D seemingly leaking power but need to know if this is, in fact, normal.

I have loaded a fully charged battery and left the camera untouched - after about 5 hours it is completely discharged. I have tried two OEM batteries and a Hahnel 3rd-party battery all with the same result.
I sent it for servicing and the service report said they had replaced the motherboard. When they returned it they included another OEM battery.

Of course the first thing I did was load a fully charged battery and left and.... the same thing happened. With three different OEM batteries.

Before phoning Olympus again I just want to know if anyone else has experienced this - for example, does the 'always on' IBIS gradually drain the battery?

Any comments welcome.

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Paul Morgan 16 19.1k 6 England
16 Jul 2013 3:37PM
The battery life is not particularly good with the OMD to begin with and some of my third part batteries are really bad.

Can`t say I know of batteries draining though.

My OMD did not like the heat on Saturday, I left it sat in the sun for ten minutes and when I switched it on it went crazy.

Mind you it was almost hot enough to cook an egg on Smile
brian1208 Plus
14 11.3k 12 United Kingdom
16 Jul 2013 4:35PM
No sign of drain on mine with 2 X Olympus OEM battery or 2 X 3rd party pattern battery.

I always have IBIS on (with half-press of shutter button) but only use the EVF with no image review (although a fair bit of "Chimping" is done on occasions to check histogram, focus etc). AF is only activated on half-press so I wonder of continuous AF may be a drain? (never tried it)

Worst battery life is down around 350 shots, best over 1000 shots / charge
rogerfry 12 543 United Kingdom
16 Jul 2013 5:05PM
No problems here (although chimping can take it's toll)

In custom settings menu D...what setting have you got for auto power off? I believe if you have it set to off, the magnets are drawing power to hold the sensor in place, even tho' the IS isn't working. I'm not absolutely certain about this, but it may be worth checking.
16 Jul 2013 5:10PM
I accidentaly left mine switched on when I put it away on the weekend, came to use it monday evening and it was still ok. I think i have auto power off set to 30mins. So it looks like you have a problem if after 5 hours the battery is flat.
mikehit 8 8.0k 13 United Kingdom
16 Jul 2013 5:53PM
When I first got the camera I had it set to factory defaults and the battery drain happened. So I set eye sensor to off and all the other bits to maximise battery life - same issue.
Since it came back from the overhaul, I have factory defaults and still the same problem.

I will have another look on all the shut down times etc then contact Olympus again if nothing solves it.
StrayCat 14 19.1k 3 Canada
16 Jul 2013 7:35PM
Something definitely wrong Mike. I have never had any of my 5 batteries drain with the camera not in use. I would have questioned the battery, but you've checked with several, so it has to be the camera. I would check with Olympus and ask them to check it after applying any fixes to it. Did you buy it new?
mikehit 8 8.0k 13 United Kingdom
16 Jul 2013 8:32PM
Thanks, Denny.
I got it as a refurb from the Olympus store on eBay Germany - it came with a 1-year warranty so it would not cost me any money. I just need to check on consumer laws in Germany, now Grin.
Paul Morgan 16 19.1k 6 England
16 Jul 2013 10:26PM
Are you sure its just a one year warranty, most are two.
mikehit 8 8.0k 13 United Kingdom
17 Jul 2013 8:40AM
I think it is one year only because it is a refurb.

An interesting development - I put 2 OEM batteries into the charger and the orange light comes on. When it goes off, I load it into the camera and the camera meter shows no battery (red and flashing). Put the battery back into the charger the orange light comes on and goes off a few minutes later. back in the camera, the camera battery meter still shows no charge.
Even if the charger is not working properly, it does not explain the battery drain problem.

This is a mess.
StrayCat 14 19.1k 3 Canada
17 Jul 2013 6:34PM
Mike, from what you say, the charger seems to be at fault, and you're not getting very much of a charge. I wonder if it might be a different voltage or something, coming from Germany. They may have had it for the North American market or something. I'd go online and buy an aftermarket battery or 2 with charger, and give it a try.
Paul Morgan 16 19.1k 6 England
17 Jul 2013 6:43PM
Try wiping the contacts on the battery terminals since there new, I often do this with new flash batteries.
4 Aug 2013 10:23PM
I haven't noticed a drain such as you quote on mine but do notice a drain over a few weeks on batteries evn outside the camera. This has caught me out a few times whn I think I'm taking fully charged batteries on a shoot to find they dont last very long compared to one charged the night before

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