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08-16-2011, 09:47 AM   #1
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Auto Shut Down?

The K5 (like my old K20) is supposed to shut itself off after X amount of time, even if left in the "On" position. So imagine my surprise when I picked mine up the other day and both batteries were dead! Has anyone else had this happen?

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No I have only had mine a couple of weeks but leave it on 90%+ of the time. Was it in some custom menu or something ? Video mode ? Can't see a real reason for that to happen.
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You can control the length of time to auto-off or set it to never turn off. Check your settings in the "wrench" tab #3. If it is not doing as you have set it then time to send it in. My K-5 auto off control works as designed.
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QuoteOriginally posted by Tom S. Quote
The K5 (like my old K20) is supposed to shut itself off after X amount of time, even if left in the "On" position. So imagine my surprise when I picked mine up the other day and both batteries were dead! Has anyone else had this happen?
Strange...
Mine works as specified.

A few questions:
- You write: "both batteries were dead", meaning you have a grip attached?
- Was the grip on?
- Did it lay against one of the grip buttons perhaps?
- Are those batteries Pentax or 3rd party?

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The grip does not turn the camera on or off. I have my K5 set to not shut down. Check the power save settings of your camera (auto power off, set up menu 3).

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QuoteOriginally posted by JeffJS Quote
The grip does not turn the camera on or off.
I had to try this. The result for a K-7 + grip:

Scenario A:
1. Grip on K-7, turned on
2. Wait for auto power off
2. Press any grip button
3. Camera does not turn itself on

Scenario B:
1. Grip on K-7, turned on
2. Press any grip button, even the shutter button, keep it pressed...
3. Wait for auto power off..
4. Camera does not turn itself off after auto turn off period, you can wait till batteries are drained

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The battery in the camera is the stock Pentax battery. The battery in the grip is a 3rd party, but I've had no problems with it. The grip itself is a Pentax product. Time for auto shut off is/was set for 1 minute. The grip switch was turned to the off postition while the camera switch was left on. The camera is set to use the grip battery first, then the camera battery.


Any other suggestions or ideas?
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My k10 drove me nuts with this until I figured out that when I put it in the camera bag there was enough pressure on the shutter to keep the meter, and camera operating perminantly

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My k10 drove me nuts with this until I figured out that when I put it in the camera bag there was enough pressure on the shutter to keep the meter, and camera operating perminantly
Not the problem here - the camera was sitting on top of a bench.
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Firmware current ?
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Firmware current ?
Yes, I upgraded the day after it was released.


In the interest of science and because I'm curious, I'm leaving it in the on position again to see if it drains the batteries again. So far, after nearly 24 hours, there's been no change.
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