06-25-2014 02:18 AM
I purchased a used Canon 60D. It works great but the only thing I can't figure out is the date and time. No matter how many times I set it, it still defaults to 01/01/00 00:00. I set the time, hit OK, and immediately it goes back to 01/01/00 00:00.
It has the latest firmware and I've tried overwriting it.
I've tried resetting the Camera back to stock.
What else should I try?
06-25-2014 11:57 AM
Make sure the date/time battery is properly seated. Or maybe it's dead or nearly dead. Since you bought the camera used, it may not even have the original date/time battery. You could use a battery tester or just replace it on general principles.
06-25-2014 12:19 PM
Most (all?) Canon DSLRs have a separate battery (small, flat, circular - like a wristwatch battery) to keep track of the date and time. It's why you don't lose the date and time when you remove the main battery. I don't have a 60D, but I just took a quick look at my 7D manual. The procedure for changing out the date/time battery is described on page 251.
06-25-2014 03:24 PM
Maybe it's one of those aspects where they cut corners on the 60D. Like leaving off autofocus microadjustment (which had been there on the 50D).
06-26-2014 09:51 PM - edited 06-26-2014 09:52 PM
The 60D doesn't have a user replaceable date/time battery. Instead it has a rechargeable cell on the main circuit board that provides to retain date & time when the main battery is removed, is recharged from the main battery when it's installed and the camera is on.
Since everything else seems to be working okay, it's likely that cell has gone bad and needs replacing . To have that done, you'll likely have to send the camera in to Canon Service. Get in touch with them.
07-02-2014 11:56 AM
Alan is correct. The 60D has a permanent internal clock battery. It takes it charge from the main battery. If the camera is stored with no battery for an extended period, that clock battery could lose time. But as soon as you insert a battery, it should start charging again and setting the clock should work.
My 5D bodies have separate coin type batteries for date/time, but many (probably most) of Canon's bodies don't have a separate user-replaceable battery.
As Alan suggests.... I'm guessing your internal battery is toast and needs to be serviced.