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Old February 16th, 2016, 03:40 AM   #1
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Hi there!

My camera resets date, time and location every time I change battery. Really odd... Does anybody else have this problem? A bit boring to have to redo that all the time...
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Old February 16th, 2016, 03:57 AM   #2
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Mine did this last night after not being used for a week. Had kept all the other settings though. Most odd.
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Old February 16th, 2016, 04:03 AM   #3
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Yes, all the other stuff is fine. (Otherwise it would REALLY be a problem.)
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Old February 16th, 2016, 06:19 AM   #4
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Hi there!

My camera resets date, time and location every time I change battery. Really odd... Does anybody else have this problem? A bit boring to have to redo that all the time...
Are you using a Sony battery?

Some third party batteries will do this...
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Old February 16th, 2016, 10:54 AM   #5
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Are you using a Sony battery?

Some third party batteries will do this...
There's a good point! I usually buy Sony but I had a free 3rd party battery supplied with the camera, and yes it was the one that caused the issue.

Shame really as the 3rd party battery (I forget the name) is from a reputable supplier and has a higher capacity than the equivalent Sony.
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Old February 16th, 2016, 11:00 AM   #6
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There's a good point! I usually buy Sony but I had a free 3rd party battery supplied with the camera, and yes it was the one that caused the issue.

Shame really as the 3rd party battery (I forget the name) is from a reputable supplier and has a higher capacity than the equivalent Sony.
I have heard that sometimes it helps if you don't charge the 3rd party battery all the way to 100%. And it may well be that as the battery ages it will start to work better as the top voltage will be lower. I have a bunch of old Swit batteries and they all work fine, but I know they no longer take a full charge.

Try just charging to 75% or so.
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Old February 16th, 2016, 11:02 AM   #7
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I'll keep using it and report back. I can live with the inconvenience for a free battery :-)
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Old February 16th, 2016, 11:04 AM   #8
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Yeah, no. I have two SONY BPL 60s and the original one. No third parties...
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Old February 16th, 2016, 11:27 AM   #9
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Re: FS5 date and time reset?

It does seem to be related to third party batteries, and only when they're 100% full. Also note that you cannot format media in-camera when you're running on a full third party battery. This is frustrating, because the first things I do on a shoot are a) clip on a fresh battery, b) format a media card. Also, I am notorious for using a battery for just a few minutes and then popping it on the charger when I get home - my batteries are always at 100%.

I'm hoping a firmware update fixes this issue.
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Old February 17th, 2016, 09:43 AM   #10
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Not only does it reset date and time, WITH SONY batteries, the zebra also switches off sometimes for no reason. Any ideas?
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Old February 17th, 2016, 01:03 PM   #12
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Yeah that's weird. But again, NOT using third party batteries.
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Yeah that's weird. But again, NOT using third party batteries.
In that case go back to your dealer for a new battery. Or you may have to have your camera fixed.

If it does not work with original Sony batteries something is very wrong. I suspect a bad battery.

I have 5 Sony BPU batteries and a bunch of Swits and they all work perfectly in the FS5.
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Old February 17th, 2016, 05:18 PM   #14
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Yeah, no. I have two SONY BPL 60s and the original one. No third parties...

I have the same problem Alfred. I am using BPL 60s Sony Brand.
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Old February 18th, 2016, 06:01 PM   #15
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Re: FS5 date and time reset?

I have been doing a lot of shooting using S-8U63s. I have no issues at all. I wonder if it is a camera issue with only some some cameras?
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