ORIGINAL: Everyday Hunter
I just got off the phone with Melanie at Moultrie. She said the D-40 doesn't have the button-cell battery, that only the older ones did. That was to keep the settings when the D-batteries were removed.
She suggested that it wasn't a problem with the camera, but maybe it was my computer. She said that it might change when I renamed the photo, but it doesn't. I wondered if it might be the SD cards. She said some cards are problematic with Moultire cameras. I'm using Kingston 1GB cards. I just bought some new 4GB cards, and checked them. They're also Kingston. I put one in and it still registers 1/1/2000 12:00 AM in the file data.
I guess I need to scare up another brand of SD card, or try these in another computer.
This isn't a huge problem, but I don't like having to open the file to see what the date is.
ONE STEP CLOSER TO FIGURING OUT WHAT'S WRONG...
I was in Bass Pro Shops in Charlotte, NC a couple of days ago, and they had the Moultrie D40 on sale for $79.99. I figured it was as good as the $69.99 mail order deal someone posted because it didn't include postage (they did add tax), and it also included a 1GB SD card. Since the girl at Moultrie told me it the problem must be with my SD card, I figured I'd buy it because then I would have an SD card with it that Moultrie supplied.
I got it home and set it up. This camera DOES record the date/time correctly in the file data on the SD card. So, then I put one of my old memory cards into the new camera and it correctly records the date/time data on files on that card as well. SO... it seems the SD card is not the problem, nor is my computer the problem. It seems as though my two older cameras are the problem.
I plan on trying the old cameras with the new SD card just to be sure they still have the problem. I will also go through the settings to make sure everything is identical between the old cameras and the new one. But it looks right now as though both my old cameras have the problem, not my new camera, not my computer, and not the SD memory cards.
I'll go out into the woods this afternoon to retrieve my old cameras and check them out. I'll try the new Moultrie SD card in the old cameras and see what happens. Then, I'll be placing another call to Moultrie.