Camera is fine except for one major problem, LCD screen turn off.

Started 4 months ago | User reviews
Larry
Junior MemberPosts: 33
Like?
Camera is fine except for one major problem, LCD screen turn off.
4 months ago

This problem is consistent with K50, K30, and even K500.The annoying LCD screen will not turn off as your using the viewfinder to take a photo. This also takes up battery power. I have to recharge my battery far to early. I even bought a back up due to this problem.

I do not use the LCD screen as its worthless in sunlight conditions. I have tried everything even the Pentax forum to get this camera to turn off the LCD. This is a Pentax problem they have not addressed to this date. Pentax forum has a lot of responses to this problem and I have tried all the actions suggested with no luck.

I do like this camera as an upgrade to the KX. I am taking it to Alaska. But the LCD screen annoyance is a big problem. I have contacted Pentax and they have not returned my call.

Larry's score
3.5
Average community score
4.2
Pentax K-30 Pentax K-50 Pentax K-500 Pentax K-x
If you believe there are incorrect tags, please send us this post using our feedback form.
brandrx
Forum ProPosts: 25,997
Like?
Re: Camera is fine except for one major problem, LCD screen turn off.
In reply to Larry, 4 months ago

Press the Info button twice, then select Display Off.

Ron

-- hide signature --

Ron - 'We don't have time to go take pics this afternoon Carl.'
Carl - 'What do you mean? It will only take 1/1000s.'
'Keep your eyes looking forward. However, glance back now and then to see where you've come from. It will put a smile on your face.' ~ brandrx

Reply   Reply with quote   Complain
Tan68
Veteran MemberPosts: 5,013Gear list
Like?
Re: Camera is fine except for one major problem, LCD screen turn off.
In reply to Larry, 4 months ago

Without a doubt, there is a way to turn off the LCD. I don't know if brandrx's recommendation (shortcut) works for all models you listed. If it doesn't, there will be a menu option somewhere.

In addition to turning off the LCD screen, it is possible to change the time the startup screen is displayed. Or turn it off altogether. Also, the replay screen.

Still, I get the idea you would like the screen to turn off when you bring the camera up to your eye to use the viewfinder..? If this is so, I am not sure the Pentax cameras do this. I haven't ever tried it... but I don't see any kind of sensor near the eyepiece other cameras have.

Reply   Reply with quote   Complain
Conjure
Regular MemberPosts: 328
Like?
Re: Camera is fine except for one major problem, LCD screen turn off.
In reply to Larry, 4 months ago

1.) Go to Penatx/Ricoh - > Support & Service > Downloads: Operation Manuals

http://www.ricoh-imaging.co.jp/english/support/download_manual.html

2.) Download or Open the K-50 Manual

http://www.ricoh-imaging.co.jp/english/support/man-pdf/k-50.pdf

3.) Go to Page 29:

cheers

Anton

Reply   Reply with quote   Complain
ozdean
Forum ProPosts: 20,690Gear list
Like?
Re: Camera is fine except for one major problem, LCD screen turn off.
In reply to Larry, 4 months ago

You don't have a major problem.

-- hide signature --

Regards Dean - Capturing Creation
N.B. All my Images are Protected by Copyright

 ozdean's gear list:ozdean's gear list
Pentax MX-1 Pentax K-50 Pentax smc DA 15mm F4 ED AL Limited Pentax smc DA* 60-250mm F4.0 ED (IF) SDM Pentax smc DA 70mm F2.4 AL Limited +8 more
Reply   Reply with quote   Complain
Leandros S
Senior MemberPosts: 1,111Gear list
Like?
or half-press the shutter button
In reply to brandrx, 4 months ago

brandrx wrote:

Press the Info button twice, then select Display Off

or half-press the shutter button.

-- hide signature --

No amount of perceived entitlement can replace actual expertise.

Reply   Reply with quote   Complain
KRG1953
Regular MemberPosts: 234
Like?
Re: Camera is fine except for one major problem, LCD screen turn off.
In reply to ozdean, 4 months ago

sometimes the man behind is the problem, not the camera 

Reply   Reply with quote   Complain
Michael Piziak
Regular MemberPosts: 345Gear list
Like?
Re: Camera is fine except for one major problem, LCD screen turn off.
In reply to KRG1953, 4 months ago

Yep, it's a shame someone writes a review like this instead of asking in the forum.

 Michael Piziak's gear list:Michael Piziak's gear list
Pentax K-r Pentax smc DA 18-55mm F3.5-5.6 AL Pentax smc DA 55-300mm F4.0-5.8 ED +1 more
Reply   Reply with quote   Complain
Wanganuilad
Senior MemberPosts: 2,207Gear list
Like?
Re: Camera is fine except for one major problem, LCD screen turn off.
In reply to Larry, 4 months ago

heck, pentax forums couldn't help ?

-- hide signature --

K-5ii-s K-01 Q some Len

Reply   Reply with quote   Complain
Larry
Junior MemberPosts: 33
Like?
Re: Camera is fine except for one major problem, LCD screen turn off.
In reply to KRG1953, 4 months ago

Unbelievably "inappropriate" answer. No go back to your room and put that dunce cap on junior.

Reply   Reply with quote   Complain
Larry
Junior MemberPosts: 33
Like?
Re: Camera is fine except for one major problem, LCD screen turn off.
In reply to Michael Piziak, 4 months ago

its on the pentax form yo yo. Pentax website.

Reply   Reply with quote   Complain
Larry
Junior MemberPosts: 33
Like?
Re: Camera is fine except for one major problem, LCD screen turn off.
In reply to Wanganuilad, 4 months ago

tried and failed.

Reply   Reply with quote   Complain
Larry
Junior MemberPosts: 33
Like?
Re: Camera is fine except for one major problem, LCD screen turn off.
In reply to ozdean, 4 months ago

Oh, so your the expert, NOT.

Reply   Reply with quote   Complain
Mac McCreery
Regular MemberPosts: 120Gear list
Like?
Re: Camera is fine except for one major problem, LCD screen turn off.
In reply to Larry, 4 months ago

Larry wrote:

This problem is consistent with K50, K30, and even K500.The annoying LCD screen will not turn off as your using the viewfinder to take a photo. This also takes up battery power. I have to recharge my battery far to early. I even bought a back up due to this problem.

I do not use the LCD screen as its worthless in sunlight conditions. I have tried everything even the Pentax forum to get this camera to turn off the LCD. This is a Pentax problem they have not addressed to this date. Pentax forum has a lot of responses to this problem and I have tried all the actions suggested with no luck.

I do like this camera as an upgrade to the KX. I am taking it to Alaska. But the LCD screen annoyance is a big problem. I have contacted Pentax and they have not returned my call.

If it is like the Kr and K5 iis you hit the info button.

Cheers

Mac

 Mac McCreery's gear list:Mac McCreery's gear list
Pentax K-5 IIs Tamron SP AF 17-50mm F/2.8 XR Di II LD Aspherical (IF) DxO Optics Pro Standard +1 more
Reply   Reply with quote   Complain
Cideway
Veteran MemberPosts: 5,694Gear list
Like?
Re: Camera is fine except for one major problem, LCD screen turn off.
In reply to Larry, 4 months ago

A few points to bear in mind.

1. Operating under the belief that you are referring to the Status displays on LCD screen you can disable them using the info button, read the manual particularly pages 24-29 and it gives and explanation of how to change between the screens and what information they contain.

2. A half press of the shutter button will blank out the screen, as there is no eye level sensor on the camera to detect when you place the camera to your eye.

3. Now if this isn't the issue that you are having with your camera then there is something else at play and that would be that your camera is defective and should be returned for service.

4. Given your posting history it would be natural for people to assume that you are/were trolling with your post, many members of the fora have been dealing with constant attacks for years and their natural response is to attack back at anything that is seen as trolling.

Finally though, don't be a twot in responding to people who are trying to help you, it is a horrible personality trait.

-- hide signature --

Chris.
A weather sealed ultra wide, is that too much to ask?
http://www.pentaxphotogallery.com/chriside
GMT +9.5
Pentax SLR talk FAQ
http://forums.dpreview.com/forums/read.asp?forum=1036&message=23161072

 Cideway's gear list:Cideway's gear list
Pentax K-5 II Pentax K-3 Pentax smc FA 50mm F1.4 Pentax smc DA* 16-50mm F2.8 ED AL (IF) SDM Pentax smc DA* 50-135mm F2.8 ED (IF) SDM +2 more
Reply   Reply with quote   Complain
chiane
Senior MemberPosts: 4,397
Like?
Re: Camera is fine except for one major problem, LCD screen turn off.
In reply to Larry, 4 months ago

Oh, so your the expert, NOT.

Larry, do you take drugs?

Reply   Reply with quote   Complain
JeffAHayes
Senior MemberPosts: 1,968Gear list
Like?
Re: Camera is fine except for one major problem, LCD screen turn off.
In reply to chiane, 4 months ago

chiane wrote:

Oh, so your the expert, NOT.

Larry, do you take drugs?

Good question, Chiane. Based on his replies to some of the nicest, most knowledgeable and most helpful members in this forum, one would think if he doesn't, perhaps he needs to -- mood stabilizers, maybe? The one post that actually DISPLAYS the page from the user manual showing how to completely disable the display of the LCD screen completely answers the question/problem.

IF that doesn't work -- and we've yet to see ANY response from "Larry" that he's tried that, or any of the other useful suggestions -- then he MAY have a service issue. Otherwise, perhaps he is just trolling. It's always suspect with someone with only a few posts to his or her name when they come in flaming with an "issue" and then appear to pay NO ATTENTION to reasonable and responsible replies as to how to solve that issue.

I'd like to see a response from Larry that he HAS tried pushing the INFO button and scrolling down to turn off the LCD, and whether or not that works. If it does, his problem is solved, and then he owes an apology to several people, including Dean.

Jeff

-- hide signature --

A word is worth 1/1000th of a picture... Maybe that's why I use so many words!

 JeffAHayes's gear list:JeffAHayes's gear list
Pentax WG-3 Pentax K-5 Pentax K-30 Pentax K-3 Pentax smc DA* 16-50mm F2.8 ED AL (IF) SDM +8 more
Reply   Reply with quote   Complain
Brad99
Veteran MemberPosts: 3,068
Like?
Re: Camera is fine except for one major problem, LCD screen turn off.
In reply to Cideway, 4 months ago

The only time I see my K-30 LCD is when I review shots.  I must be doing something wrong.

Reply   Reply with quote   Complain
Larry
Junior MemberPosts: 33
Like?
Re: Camera is fine except for one major problem, LCD screen turn off.
In reply to chiane, 4 months ago

chain, yes right after I read your response.

Reply   Reply with quote   Complain
Larry
Junior MemberPosts: 33
Like?
Re: or half-press the shutter button
In reply to Leandros S, 4 months ago

then turn it off and back on............walla its here again.

Reply   Reply with quote   Complain
Keyboard shortcuts:
FForum MMy threads