I've encountered an issue with my fairly new D600. I had been spending a good deal of time trying to learn its ins and outs. I had to put it aside for a couple of weeks and when I took it out last evening I found the battery completely depleted. Good chance I might have forgotten to turn it off manually, but isn't there some default time period where it will shut down automatically if there is not any activity? Darned if I can find the setting to check it. My old D100 had such a feature and would hold a charge in the battery for quite some time. Is there such a setting? I've been scouring the manual to no avail thus far. Thanks in advance.
>By default it goes into standby after a period of time after >the shutter was last half pressed - a few seconds (6) if >memory serves. > >The setting can be changed to longer times, including always >on iirc. > >You'll find it in the menu c2 > >Hth
Thanks for replying. I just checked that. Even reset everything to default times just in case. What seems to be the problem, or drain, is the LCD display on top of the camera. In Nikon-speak, the control panel. If I turn the camera on, and hold it further to the right, it illuminates as it should, then returns to un-illuminated as it should in a few seconds after releasing the on/off. However, the rest of the information remains on-screen even after waiting 30 minutes. I'm not referring to just the remaining images available, but all the information. Shouldn't this automatically go off after a period of time 'except' for the remaining image count?
Only the image count remains when the switch is set to off. Otherwise, when the switch is on, the top lcd will continue to display all normal information but the camera will go into standby and most drain will cease. I have come upon my DSLRs when the camera has been in standby for unknown periods of time and been surprised that there has been so little drain. I can see how having the camera in a situation to have some button inadvertently pressed could discharge the battery a great deal more efficiently than simply having the top lcd functional. I have timers with lcd displays that never go off but whose little button batteries last years.
Thanks all for the replies. Perhaps I don't have an issue, but rather wrong expectations. I did some 'testing' and I guess I don't have a discharge issue. I may have, while trying different menu items, selected something to be on always and neglected to manually turn the camera off, something I am normally very good at, if not anal about. I reset everything and all seems OK, though having all the control panel info remain displayed just seems different from my old D100. After a time, the info on the D100 went off leaving just the number of images remaining displayed.
Agree with everyone here. The only thing that I would add is to get a second battery (Nikon branded) and test it's longevity against the one you have now. Rarely, a battery will be defective and not live up to it's specs. Glenn
Thought I would stop back and close this off. It seems everything is fine now. I'm guessing in playing around learning menus, I set something to stay "on" and then failed to manually turn the camera off, even though it is usually in my nature to do so. Thanks for the replies.