Forgot Password
Pentax Camera Forums Home
 

Reply
Show Printable Version Search this Thread
10-22-2019, 01:50 PM   #1
Site Supporter
Site Supporter
Pål Jensen's Avatar

Join Date: Dec 2007
Location: Norway
Photos: Albums
Posts: 3,734
My K-3 keeps forgetting time and date

Whats going on?

10-22-2019, 02:07 PM - 1 Like   #2
Pentaxian
photoptimist's Avatar

Join Date: Jul 2016
Photos: Albums
Posts: 4,449
Sorry to hear this!

Alas, the most likely cause is that the tiny backup battery on the mainboard has died due to age or too much time spent with no main battery in the camera.
10-22-2019, 02:48 PM   #3
Loyal Site Supporter
Loyal Site Supporter
boriscleto's Avatar

Join Date: Dec 2009
Location: North Syracuse, NY
Photos: Gallery
Posts: 15,343
Mine has been forgetting time & date since it was new.
10-22-2019, 03:08 PM   #4
Otis Memorial Pentaxian
stevebrot's Avatar

Join Date: Mar 2007
Location: Vancouver (USA)
Photos: Gallery | Albums
Posts: 37,868
Mine has never forgotten Date/Time. It may be that I have never left it for any period of time without a charged battery, but who can say for sure.


Steve

10-22-2019, 03:15 PM - 1 Like   #5
Pentaxian
photoptimist's Avatar

Join Date: Jul 2016
Photos: Albums
Posts: 4,449
QuoteOriginally posted by boriscleto Quote
Mine has been forgetting time & date since it was new.
Well then, according to your camera's clock, the camera is less than one year old and thus should be covered under warranty!!!!
10-22-2019, 03:59 PM   #6
Pentaxian




Join Date: Jan 2011
Location: New York
Posts: 4,642
QuoteOriginally posted by boriscleto Quote
Mine has been forgetting time & date since it was new.
Am I missing a joke there? If not, why didn't you exchange the defective camera?
10-22-2019, 04:06 PM   #7
Loyal Site Supporter
Loyal Site Supporter
boriscleto's Avatar

Join Date: Dec 2009
Location: North Syracuse, NY
Photos: Gallery
Posts: 15,343
QuoteOriginally posted by DeadJohn Quote
Am I missing a joke there? If not, why didn't you exchange the defective camera?
Nope. It forgets time and date every time I take the battery out. Once in a while it won't. (If I've been using it for a while and replace the battery quickly). It wan't a big issue for me.
10-22-2019, 04:10 PM   #8
Pentaxian




Join Date: Jan 2011
Location: New York
Posts: 4,642
QuoteOriginally posted by Pål Jensen Quote
Whats going on?
A tiny internal battery (capacitor) is supposed to keep the clock going for a few hours when you change batteries. Maybe that part has broken. Another less likely possibility is that the camera is never turning off, draining the main battery and the capacitor prematurely.

Start with a fully charged main battery. Set the time. Turn off the camera, wait 5 minutes, turn it on again. Did it lose the time?

Briefly remove the main battery for 15 seconds, like a typical battery swap. Did it lose the time?

Turn the camera off, wait 24 hours, turn it on again. Did the main battery discharge overnight? Did it lose the time?

10-24-2019, 04:20 AM   #9
Site Supporter
Site Supporter
Pål Jensen's Avatar

Join Date: Dec 2007
Location: Norway
Photos: Albums
Posts: 3,734
Original Poster
It has happened several times. Lastly after the camera had been unused for two weeks with full battery (still full after two weeks). But I can take the battery in and out of the camera and it will remember the date...

Last edited by Pål Jensen; 10-24-2019 at 05:11 AM.
10-25-2019, 06:00 AM   #10
Loyal Site Supporter
Loyal Site Supporter




Join Date: Mar 2012
Location: Rochester, NY
Photos: Gallery
Posts: 4,375
Have you tried a reset to default? Not a pleasant prospect, but it may do the trick.
01-07-2020, 01:43 PM   #11
Site Supporter
Site Supporter
Pål Jensen's Avatar

Join Date: Dec 2007
Location: Norway
Photos: Albums
Posts: 3,734
Original Poster
Now is has been unused for two months but still remember date and time. Strange....
10-15-2020, 03:04 AM   #12
Site Supporter
Site Supporter
Pål Jensen's Avatar

Join Date: Dec 2007
Location: Norway
Photos: Albums
Posts: 3,734
Original Poster
Now it has started to mess up again after working flawlessly for a year. Happened when changing battery. Wonder if it is one of the three batteries I have that makes this happen?
11-01-2020, 11:52 AM   #13
Senior Member




Join Date: Jul 2018
Posts: 269
QuoteOriginally posted by Pål Jensen Quote
Now it has started to mess up again after working flawlessly for a year. Happened when changing battery. Wonder if it is one of the three batteries I have that makes this happen?
If one of your batteries is not quite up to snuff, it might actually discharge the internal battery, sapping all the power. I think it's time to be systematic with your batteries, and commit to using each one after the other for three complete charge cycles, making sure you annotate which one are you using each time, and when--if ever--the time and date reset again.

Good luck!
Reply

Bookmarks
  • Submit Thread to Facebook Facebook
  • Submit Thread to Twitter Twitter
  • Submit Thread to Digg Digg
Tags - Make this thread easier to find by adding keywords to it!
dslr, k-3, k3, pentax k-3
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Photo Taken Date vs Making Date RoundWharf General Photography 16 02-12-2019 02:53 AM
K3 little problem - forgetting date Znarf Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 4 07-20-2018 11:48 AM
K-1 Date Keeps Changing Seawater Pentax Full Frame 5 06-12-2016 10:15 AM
Sigma 18-35mm and 35mm forgetting about AF Conqueror Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 5 12-31-2014 04:26 AM
Landscape Fog-K5 filters--Panos--Am I forgetting something? charliezap Post Your Photos! 8 09-11-2011 04:40 AM



All times are GMT -7. The time now is 06:14 AM. | See also: NikonForums.com, CanonForums.com part of our network of photo forums!
  • Red (Default)
  • Green
  • Gray
  • Dark
  • Dark Yellow
  • Dark Blue
  • Old Red
  • Old Green
  • Old Gray
  • Dial-Up Style
Hello! It's great to see you back on the forum! Have you considered joining the community?
register
Creating a FREE ACCOUNT takes under a minute, removes ads, and lets you post! [Dismiss]
Top