I am sitting here just thinking, you have got to be kidding me...
I bought the D7000 a few days ago, used it every day and now need to recharge the battery and I cannot get the battery out of the camera. This has to be a joke. I've been sitting here for eternity, just pressing the little orange release tab and it does not come out. I've turned it upside-down, while pressing the release, shaken it, it will not come out. Anyone else have this problem?
Not me, though I think with the recessed terminals the battery fis more snugly than on my D200.
I would try two things... Make sure you've got the orange tab fully retracted and use needle-nose pliers to CAREFULLY FIND A GRIP POINT AND GENTLY PULL the battery out, or retract the tab and with the battery compartment facing down, impact the back of your hand that's holding the camera with your other hand (or a knee if you're sitting). Just be ready for the battery just dropping out.
When you get the battery out, I would check the terminal area, or anywhere else where some excess plastic wasn't trimmed properly.
I have two batteries and one of them behaves the way you describe. What I do is hold the orange tab back out of the way and then push down and release on the battery on the side closest to the front of the camera. It pops out with that little assistance. Not perfect, but the other battery is fine.
Mine is similar - I found that gently pushing it forward after tripping the release causes it to spring out. I don't have to hold the orange release, it seems to stay latched open as long as I don't press the battery back in, but rather just bias it toward the front of the camera using the flat of my finger.
>I am sitting here just thinking, you have got to be kidding >me... > >I bought the D7000 a few days ago, used it every day and now >need to recharge the battery and I cannot get the battery out >of the camera. This has to be a joke. I've been sitting here >for eternity, just pressing the little orange release tab and >it does not come out. I've turned it upside-down, while >pressing the release, shaken it, it will not come out. Anyone >else have this problem?
I actually meant to post about this. I have exactly the same problem. I'm on my second camera, and the first one didn't have this issue. Don't know if it's the camera or the battery though, as one of the previous posters said they only have this issue with one of their batteries, but not with the other, and I only have one battery.
I found similar trick to one described by others works for me, very gently push the battery "away" (but not in, as that'll cause the orange clip to spring back to hold the battery in place) from the orange clip, and it seems to pop out. I've had a good look, but can't see anything that's causing this.
Annoying, for sure. Seems like another example that confirms that Nikon had indeed rushed these out, and quality control has suffered as a result.
Fri 07-Jan-11 09:53 AM | edited Fri 07-Jan-11 09:54 AM by jckingca
>I found similar trick to one described by others works for me, >very gently push the battery "away" (but not in, as >that'll cause the orange clip to spring back to hold the >battery in place) from the orange clip, and it seems to pop >out.
This method works fine for me too.
I can't see any difference between the two batteries I have. One releases easily and the other needs help to release. I do notice that the clear battery cap is tighter on one battery than the other.
I don't think the body is to blame on this. This is my second body and the problem battery was a problem in both bodies. I kept my original battery during the exchange because honestly the issue doesn't bother me.
Thank you all! I tried to release it for a while yesterday, then was so frustrated I put the camera down for several hours and came back later and tried again and it came out. Wow, I hope that doesn't happen every time, how annoying! I'll keep those other ideas in mind for next time
I believe it's a minor design flaw, and perhaps a stronger spring would do the trick.
The battery contacts are toward the rear of the camera, and when it's inserted they mate with five horizontal pins in the battery cavity. Snapping in the battery so that the plastic catch engages ensures the battery is in far enough to properly engage the contacts and constrained so that it can't back off.
Holding the camera with the battery cavity pointed down (gravity assist) and releasing the catch is supposed to allow the battery to fall out; however, it appears there is slightly too much friction in the contact assembly. A slight nudge at the front of the battery pulls it off of the contacts enough so that force from the spring is now sufficient for ejection. And actually I found for my unit I did not need to use gravity, the battery would eject upward (holding the camera upside down) once it had been rocked slightly.
I examined the assembly carefully and did not see anything other than the contacts that would impede the battery ejection. I guess I would just as soon have a very "firm" interface between battery and camera, hopefully avoidng any intermittent problems, and have to nudge the battery to eject. Perhaps there was some concern about having too stiff a spring, Nikon probably didn't want the battery to fly out of the cavity, but IMO they missed slightly.
As I pointed out in my earlier post it all depends upon how tightly the contact assembly on the battery mates with the pins in the camera. I too purchased a second battery, it works about the same as the first, requires a gentle nudge to pop out.
There are a lot of factors as to how tightly the contacts grip - number of insertions (my first battery pops out more easily now than when first received), manufacturing tolerances, etc. I'm sure some contact lubricant, such as DeOxit Gold, would probably free them up completely, however I have no issue with a slight sticking as long as I understand why.
Check page 282 of the Nikon D7000 user's Manual and there is something that might help you remove the battery that is stuck in the battery chamber. There is a small cover at the bottom side of the battery chamber that is used to pass the ac cable cord of the power connector (to enable the camera work connected to an ac outlet instead of using batteries)that can be used to insert the tip of a pencil or something with a fine point to pull up the battery.
Recently I received my D7000 and so far the battery pops up when the latch is pressed.