DCS 400 Series: How to Replace the Battery Pack

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DCS 400 Series: How to Replace the Battery Pack

Postby Webmaster » Sun May 22, 2005 8:54 am

Came across this useful info on the Kodak website:

DCS 400 Series: How to Replace the Battery Pack

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Postby Brian Sweeney » Sun May 22, 2005 4:20 pm

I have read some instances where the Battery Charger for the DCS4xx series "shuts-Down" prematurely when charging battery packs and does not bring them to full charge. I recently picked up a DCS420c and use a 14v 0.75amp charger with it. Kodak supplied the pinout for the multi-purpose connector. It was quite easy. So before assuming the pack is dead, it might be worth lokking at useing a constant current charger. I charged mine to full capacity in 3-hours.

I will upload the .pdf to my site and post a link. Or you can Email suypport at Kodak.

In general, I think we should download and post drivers and other information on these old cameras before it disappears. I found drivers for my DCS200 on someones personal site as Kodak no longer supples them.

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Postby Webmaster » Sun May 22, 2005 4:44 pm

Brian Sweeney wrote:In general, I think we should download and post drivers and other information on these old cameras before it disappears. I found drivers for my DCS200 on someones personal site as Kodak no longer supples them.


That's probably a good idea.

Kodak support is excellent, but there's obviously a limit for how long they will support old models. For example, the DCS 100 and 200 are not even listed under Discontinued models.

Still, you should be able to get drivers and manuals for every DCS camera ever made, by writing directly to kprodigital@kodak.com

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DCS4xx Multipurpose Connector

Postby Brian Sweeney » Mon May 23, 2005 9:44 pm

Courtesy of Kodak in response to a recent Email to them, and dug out deep from their archives I am sure.

This is the Pinout for the Multipurpose 7-pin DIN connector on the DCS420, DCS410, and DCS460 camera. I was able to charge the batteries using a 14v (DC) 0.75AMP charger with this diagram.

http://mywebpages.comcast.net/brianvswe ... nector.pdf

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Postby Wolfi » Wed Nov 09, 2005 8:09 pm

Great,

I've been looking for this diagram. I want to realize a radio controlled shutter release for my DCS 420 and 460 cameras.

Also a better and more recent battery charger should be possible, but I'm technically ignorant, I have frfiends who can help, but they don't know these cameras

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Postby Stan Disbrow » Thu Nov 10, 2005 10:16 pm

Hi,

The charger is actually inside the camera on the 400 series. The thing you plug in is just a DC power supply. The internal charging control function is operated by the camera and it's firmware.

The issue where the charging ended early is, I think, caused by a temperature sensing device in the the battery pack itself telling the camera that it was warmer than it actually was. NiMH cell charging is primarily controlled by monitoring the temperature rise.

The pack is pretty simply rebuilt, and one could use better cells these days, and that would be worthwhile. Back when I had my 460c, I had rebuilt the pack fairly soon after acquiring the thing.

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Re: DCS4xx Multipurpose Connector

Postby Multifot » Tue Jan 24, 2012 2:27 pm

Brian Sweeney wrote:This is the Pinout for the Multipurpose 7-pin DIN connector on the DCS420, DCS410, and DCS460 camera. I was able to charge the batteries using a 14v (DC) 0.75AMP charger with this diagram.

http://mywebpages.comcast.net/brianvswe ... nector.pdf


Hi folks!
Could somebody upload this file again (link above already dead)?
Need to build a power cord from Quantum QB5 to my lovely DCS 420m, but i need in pinout info for multipurpose connector :shock:

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Re: DCS 400 Series: How to Replace the Battery Pack

Postby Multifot » Thu Feb 09, 2012 1:55 pm

Does anybody have this file? Really need help !

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Re: DCS 400 Series: How to Replace the Battery Pack

Postby Webmaster » Fri Feb 10, 2012 11:35 am

Multifot wrote:Does anybody have this file? Really need help !

Thought I had it, but I don't. Try Kodak professional support: kprodigital@kodak.com and please share the PDF if they send it to you.

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Re: DCS 400 Series: How to Replace the Battery Pack

Postby Multifot » Fri Feb 10, 2012 1:26 pm

Hi Jarle,
Already done. Waiting for the reply from Kodak support team.
If i will receive a file with pin out scheme it will be shared.

Maxim

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Re: DCS 400 Series: How to Replace the Battery Pack

Postby dicc01 » Wed Mar 07, 2012 9:48 am

I don't get Google. I search and search,find nothing and then out of the blue a new site appears. The one that I found yesterday might interest you:

Quote from2003:

Since nobody else said anything, here is my experience. The DCS uses a 7 mini-din plug like shown below

...O...O...O.....
....1...2...3....
.................
.O............O..
..4............5.
.................
....O.....O......
.....6.....7.....

From my measurements the DC power is supplied through pins 6 an 7. I forgot which one is which but the GND is also connected to the metal edge of the plug so with an ohm meter you should be able to identify which one is GND which one is +. The DCS needs 14V at the power supply should be able to delived 2A.

Hooray!! My DCS 420 is arriving soon, maybe now I can make a power supply! If anybody can validate this info or help me find the right DIN plug I would be REALLY grateful.

Cheers

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Re: DCS 400 Series: How to Replace the Battery Pack

Postby dicc01 » Tue Mar 20, 2012 10:08 am

Ok. I have a beautiful DCS 420 - bought as working - but no charger. I've discovered that the 7 pin Din plug on the Kodak is not standard, but I have cut off surplus pins from an 8 pin plug and it now fits, using just pins 7 and 8. I've put a multimeter and one pin is connected to the metal outer part of the socket (as the old advice said it would)and the other registers 4k ohms resistance (battery circuit?). Therefore one pin is ground and the other (4k resistance one) is postive, right? Sooo - do i now go ahead and hook up 15v DC 2A power to the 2 pins? I'm sure it's OK but I just got nervous? Anybody care to hold my hand? Anybody done this before? Cheers!

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Re: DCS 400 Series: How to Replace the Battery Pack

Postby dicc01 » Tue Mar 20, 2012 10:09 am

Sorry I meant pins 6 and 7.

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Re: DCS 400 Series: How to Replace the Battery Pack

Postby umrüd » Fri Mar 30, 2012 1:32 pm

Hello,

do you mean the "DCS420_connector.pdf"- document?
If it is needed i can sent it. The file includes the pinout of the connector.
How can i publish it to the forum?

Greetings
Ulrich

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Re: DCS 400 Series: How to Replace the Battery Pack

Postby Multifot » Fri Mar 30, 2012 4:36 pm

Hello, Ulrich
yes, i need in this file.
You can send it to my e-mail address and i will share it easy.
I've sent you PM with my e-mail address.
Maxim


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