Fuji DL-200 : Battery Replacement

I have been collecting a variety of compact cameras to experiment with film photography. One of these is this Fuji DL-200.

The camera is in good shape.  But, it is dead. A first inspection shows that there is no apparent battery door. After some research through my Flickr account I discover that this camera model was typically serviced in an authorized Fuji shop.

Actually, there is no real difficulty with battery replacement, if you are a little handy. Which I am ;-).

First, open the film door.

Here is the latch that keeps the door from swinging open.

Second, gently press the door latch to lift the pin on the latch out of the hole in the case. 

There it is, the lithium battery. As you can see, someone has been here before me and applied some cellophane tape. I wonder why? 

The fit is tight. I needed to use a bladed screw driver against the bottom of the battery to gently lift the battery out of the compartment.  

No problems with battery leakage. However, the battery holder with terminals appears to be damaged.

Which, is the reason for the tape. After cleaning, I believe that it will work fine.

There is a feature of the battery holder that fits into a feature of the battery that will position the battery correctly, so I am not going to “tape” the holder around the battery. Also, after reviewing the Owner’s Manual, which states that two 3-V lithium batteries should be good for about 1,000 exposures, I will use the same technique to lift out the battery that I have used here in this blog.

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I’ll just drop the battery in the compartment.

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And gently . . .

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. . . press into position.

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Now the battery is in place in its compartment.

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Put the lid down.IMG_7732

Insert the latch pin into its hole.

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Job done.

IMG_7738(Now to test the camera with film)

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7 thoughts on “Fuji DL-200 : Battery Replacement

    1. I would not replace the jacket with aluminum foil. The jacket makes it easier to pull the battery out of the pocket, as well as supporting the contact clip between the battery an the contact surfaces in the pocket. I would suggest you try to find a strip of thin plastic to wrap around the battery, not aluminum.

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  1. Do have any advice for if you are constantly getting the red light indicating the charging the flash? I recently bought this camera from thrift store in hopes it would still be functional. I replaced the battery and the motor works. I experienced the shutter and flash tripping once but only at the end of the roll.

    Any ideas?

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    1. Sorry for the delayed response 😦

      Cameras purchased from a thrift store are always suspect. Whoever runs the shop, typically, does not know how to test the camera. So, i don’t often purchase cameras from this source.

      I can’t offer much advice.

      You have done exactly what I would have done; fresh battery of the correct voltage and testing to see if the shutter trips. In most of the DX / self loading models of compact cameras, the film winding motor will engage at startup, looking to pull the film into position, which engages a number of other functions.

      However, I don’t typically use the flash in my compact camera photography, because I use these cameras mostly with daylight photography.

      None-the-less, it may be possible that the capacitor used to engage the flash may be “tired” thus preventing a “green” go-light from illuminating, to indicate that the flash is ready.

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  2. Bought this camera of a Japanese auction site for 20 yen (18 cents) thought it was a dud since it wasn’t rewinding the film, replaced the battery and its working fine now. Thanks 🙂

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  3. Brought one after reading your post changing battery seems easy enough. However when the camera comes the battery fitting is not like yours 😦
    The battery is pack made out of two BR 2/3A Lithium batteries, welded together and soldered to two wires (one black one red) going into the battery compartment. The whole assembly is held in place by a clip from strip metal. All neatly designed. The CR-P2 6V Lithium pack wont fit as the wires hanging there.
    any ideas ?

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    1. Wow. Sounds like a very clever design to keep the camera going!

      I might suggest you keep looking for another DL-200 on eBay or similar auction site. Perhaps, you could start checkiing the local second-hand shops. But, if you really what to keep this camera going then you need to make a similar battery pack.

      However, this camera may not be worth all the effort.

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