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Michael Slowe
Battery Drain on the EX1.
on Apr 11, 2008 at 10:52:50 am

I seem to recall a thread on this a while ago but I have just got the camera. Even with the larger battery I find that it drains terribly quickly if left on the camera, even when switched off. I found that three green lights disappeared in about three hours, with the camera off - is this possible? If so we have to take batteries off the camera all the time in the field during gaps in shooting which is a real pain. It could be that as this was a first charge of a new battery it will settle down, I certainly hope so. Anyone else found this problem?

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Ray Palmer
Re: Battery Drain on the EX1.
on Apr 11, 2008 at 12:08:30 pm

It would be easy to check.
Take the battery off the camera and make a jumper from the battery to the camera with wires. Put a Volt Ohm Meter in series with the battery and measure the current, both with the camera turned on and with the camera off.

I don't own one of these cameras or I would do it for you.

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Jim Kinsey
Re: Battery Drain on the EX1.
on Apr 12, 2008 at 1:28:58 am

It is true. I got it straight from a Sony reps mouth. It is a issue they are working on and may have a fix for it soon. So for now shoot your scenes and when not in use take the battery off and put back on when your ready to shoot again. I have been doing this with my panasonic hvx200 with the battery tab connection issue. So its routine for me anyway. Hope this helps.


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Noah Kadner
Re: Battery Drain on the EX1.
on Apr 12, 2008 at 5:06:06 am

Yep this happened to me the first few times and I thought I'd left the camera on. But it really does drain the battery down in a hurry even when off- like it will be dead within a few days. So I'd recommend pulling the battery at the end of a shoot day.


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