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06-16-2014, 08:52 AM   #1
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Downloading Pictures in Random Order

My Pentax Optio 60 is downloading the pictures in random order (one from day 1, then 2 from day 3, then day 1 again). Is there a setting I can change so that they download in the same order that they were taken?

06-16-2014, 12:35 PM   #2
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It sounds like the internal clock is being reset. Is the date/time in the files consistent?

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Downloading order is controlled by the file manager of the computer, not by the camera.
For this, the FM can use file name, file size, date.

But this affects only the virtual (displayed), not the real (stored) order.

Even if you set everything to "order by file creation date" and it seems to work fine, in reality the file manager may have copied in quite another order. The reason for this behaviour is, that the OS or an involved controller/buffer/cache may have internally re-sorted by source location to speed up the copying process. And if you have repeatedly deleted files and went on shooting, the order on the SD card may be not by shooting date anymore, as the FAT file system may use the now empty space first. The internal file manager of the camera takes care you will not see this, as the "virtual" order will still be kept by the date of storage.

By the way, if you review pictures in the camera, at least with some Pentax P&S the "virtual" order is by store date, not shoot date. I got the proof when I moved some pictures from my Optio S5i to a computer, then (without touching the files) back to the camera. Now the order of pictures for review is completely different.

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