Hello. I rarely post questions since most of my questions that I am interested are already being asked.
The issue that I have been experiencing since I received my D800E is how quickly it drains the Nikon EN-EL15 battery compared to my D7000. For example, if I just leave my D800 power switch "on" even with a lens that doesn't have VR, it will drain the power indication bar much faster after 2 or 3 hours.
Is this normal? The only way to prevent the batteries from this accelerated discharge is by turning the camera on and off constantly in between shoot. Are there any other settings that you can recommend to maximize the battery charge? Thank you.
I upgraded from a D7000 to D800 and I don't experience that kind of battery drain - I doubt the D800E drains any faster than a D800. The one difference may be that I utilize an MBD-15 Nikon grip and utlize that battery as my primary. However, again, I don't see excessive battery drain.
Thanks for your feedback Tom. I also have the original Nikon MB-D12 but it only provides the option to add an extra battery for extended shooting capability and of course some of the other benefits of the grip and control features.
This kinda makes me worried and if I need to send it to Nikon before my 1 year warranty expires.
I also have a D800 and have left the camera on for several days with no loss in the battery power. Before you send it in, I would take off the MB-D12 and see if that has anything to do with the power loss.
If it still happens then you should have it checked out.
Thu 28-Mar-13 12:16 AM | edited Thu 28-Mar-13 12:21 AM by gqtuazon
>I also have a D800 and have left the camera on for several days with >no loss in the battery power. Before you send it in, I would take off >the MB-D12 and see if that has anything to do with the power loss. > >If it still happens then you should have it checked out. > >Good Luck, >Bill
Thanks for sharing this info Bill. I didn't realize that the battery life could be better. I could only hope that my camera can behave that way without draining the battery even just for a full day.
I've always thought it had something to do with the newer processor since it takes a lot more computing power to process the NEF files of the D800 and that it has bigger LCD screen compared to the D700 which I used to have.
To get a better data, I just installed a freshly charged battery inside the camera with the grip off and turned "on" the camera to observe and record the drain rate. I'll continue to monitor this and should have more accurate representation within the next several hours.
Sorry to hear that, but on the other hand Nikon will take care of it and you will have your camera back like new. I just hope it doesn't take to long and you have another camera to use in the mean time. I would like to hear what the problem was.
>So, after 5 hours, the freshly charged battery eventually >became fully drained. That doesn't sound right at all. I >wrote Nikon about my camera issue, and I'm just waiting for >their reply. >
Something not right there. If the camera drains the battery that fast while just sitting on the table then either the battery is faulty (best case scenario) or something is wrong in the camera. When this happens does the battery get warm or does the camera get warm anywhere?
ENEL15 battery is rated 14Wh = 50.4 kiloJoules of energy. This is enough to theoretically heat 1/3 pint of water from room temperature to boiling point. So if the battery is healthy and dissipating over 5 hours it WILL be warming the camera up somewhere whereas if no heat is generated at all then I am inclined to think the battery is not producing power and is faulty.
Tue 09-Apr-13 01:43 AM | edited Tue 09-Apr-13 01:44 AM by Timeshifte
If you leave the camera on, it should go into standby after a period of time and battery drain will be greatly reduced. Did you check the timeouts in the menu ? C4 has a number of timeouts, Playback = 10s, menus =1min, Info disp =10s,Image review =10s, live view =10 min. The other thing I would do is pull the cf and SD cards to see if one of them is keeping the camera from going to standby.
>Camera should be arriving soon to Nikon service center. > >I do not use wifi SD cards. I still think that there is >something wrong internally. I incuded the battery and battery >charger for their assessment. > > >Regards, > >Glenn Please let us know the outcome. Your camera should not be draining the battery after it goes to sleep. I've read that when the D800(e) is asleep, the power drain is less than the self-discharge of the battery itself. This means it should be negligible between on and off.
I have 2 D800e's and the batteries last forever in sleep mode. Regards, Craig
Ok, I've just fully charged my D800e using one battery in the grip only then left the camera to it's own devices. After 12 hours the battery has dropped from 100% to 96% with me not using it or even touching it. Be interested to know the outcome of Nikons investigation.