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08-21-2007, 07:21 AM   #1
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Lever / switch in Memory compartment

There is a kind of switch next to the SD memory slot, behind the door.
I have not been able to find its use in my (Dutch) manual. Have I overlooked anything? Can somebody tell me what it is for?

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08-21-2007, 07:22 AM   #2
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Which camera?
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QuoteOriginally posted by bymy141 Quote
There is a kind of switch next to the SD memory slot, behind the door.
I have not been able to find its use in my (Dutch) manual. Have I overlooked anything? Can somebody tell me what it is for?

Bert
Sounds like part of the latch assembly for holding the door closed.
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Probably for the camera to turn off when the it opens.

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bymy141 did not say what kind of camera it was, but I know all too well where the door switch is on a K110D. When you close the memory door and slide it forwards the plastic door hits a switch located on the circuit board inside. The switch arm extends slightly from the board and is vulnerable to being broken off by someone foolish enough to open the camera.
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Stupid me

Yes, it's the door lock....

Of the K10D by the way.

Sorry, Bert

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The photo of the K10D door is very different than the K100D where you can't see any indication of a door switch. My personal opinion is camera doors (especially battery holders) are the weak spot in many designs. We have a couple of P&S cameras with battery doors that won't stay shut. The battery contacts must have considerable pressure on them, a plastic door with tiny latches is not up to the task very long.

Once the memory door switch on a K1x0D fails (bad switch, bad case alignment) the camera is useless. The top display lights for a second, then camera plays dead. I'm hoping that does not happen when the cameras get old.

Don't get me wrong, my wife and I have two Pentax DSLRs each and are happy with them. I just wish the memory door did not have a safety switch, other cameras don't bother to shutdown when you open the memory door.
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