When the camera is off I noticed on the top display it shows the number of photos remaining and the SD card (1) you are using. This never goes off. Why does this stay on. Doesn't this run down the battery and what would this stay on when you are not using the camera?
>All Nikon cameras do that. >It's useful because It allows you to see whether you have a >card in the camera and how many shots you have left on it. >It barely drains any battery. > >Cheers, >Kevin > Thanks for the info. This is my first Nikon. I have had several Canon's but I just made the switch.
>>All Nikon cameras do that. >>It's useful because It allows you to see whether you have >a >>card in the camera and how many shots you have left on >it. >>It barely drains any battery. >> >>Cheers, >>Kevin >> >Thanks for the info. This is my first Nikon. I have had >several Canon's but I just made the switch. > >
Welcome to Nikonians and to the world of Nikon Which Canons did you have?
The top control panel is on when an EN-EL3e battery is inserted and has a charge. Nikon shows the estimated remaining image count. This provides two important pieces of information. First the can era has an EN-EL3e battery inserted and it has some charge, your camera;s date and time should be OK. Next there is a media card in your camera. Yes, it is possible to record images without a media card in the camera and you will not be able to get them off of the camera. This is known as the 'Demo' mode. You have an option to lock the shutter when a media card is not present.
Having this display allows one to quickly pickup the camera and know if the camera is ready to shoot.
If you remove the EN-EL3e battery, a small internal battery will keep the camera's clock chip going, but this battery will only last about a month. It will take about 24 hours for this internal battery to recharge when an EN-EL3e is inserted.