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11-04-2013, 09:31 PM   #1
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"Camera Can't Display Image" Message, K200D

I got this message this weekend in Yosemite and many, but not all, of my images not only wouldn't display on the camera but also didn't download in Light Room.

Any idea why? Might they still be on the card? I couldn't find the answer in the manual. They did display briefly after the image captures.

Many thanks.

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QuoteOriginally posted by Biff Quote
I got this message this weekend in Yosemite and many, but not all, of my images not only wouldn't display on the camera but also didn't download in Light Room.

Any idea why? Might they still be on the card? I couldn't find the answer in the manual. They did display briefly after the image captures.

Many thanks.
Sounds like you might have a bad card. Have you tried shooting with a different card?

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Yes, I'd seen this with card problems. First, put the card in a computer's card reader and use your computer's file management utility to see if that can read the card to the extent that it can list the contents of the images directory (the DCIM directory and its sub-directories I would imagine). If it can list images files as you might have expected it to be, then that's a start. Then look at the file sizes. Any that are materially smaller than you normally get off your camera are probably corrupted in that the full image has not been written to those files. That will tell you a little more. If they look ok size-wise, see if you can transfer those ones that look ok to your computer using the file manager. If if can read and transfer those ok, then you should hopefully be able to open those in LR or similar. If the file sizes look ok, but the transfer fails or can't open transferred files, you might want to try a specialist SD card file recovery program. There are several paid and free apps out there - just google away. That might do a better job of getting the files off the card as it does a lower level read than the file manager. Any files that look too small are most likely no good, unfortunately.

If you have failed at the steps above, there is a possibilty that the File Allocation table on the card is corrupted. That gets more problematic, and I won't go into that pending feedback on the earlier steps.

BTW, the brief display after image capture is probably the camera reading the image straight from the internal memory buffer and not from the card, so unfortunately tells you nothing about the success or otherwise of the write from the buffer to the card.

FYI, my recent card experiences is that micro SD cards in my K-x using an adaptor were troublesome in that about 1 in 5 files were written with zero length files. The camera would also report Card Full when it wasn't. I abandoned micro SD use after that, although I have read a few subsequent reports that much newer cameras work better with micro SD (one would expect newer generation card firmware and card controller chip in these cameras whereas the K-x firmware/card controller probably predated widespread use of micro SD). Which leads me to ask if you are using SD or micro SD cards. There are plenty of threads discussing unreliability of micro SD cards for camera use, so my experience was no outlier. If you are using micro SD, the recommendations from various discussions on this forum is to go back to SD cards.

More recently, I have just experienced what I think is a complete failure of the File Allocation Table of an Eye-Fi card - I'm still chasing a replacement under warranty for that. Thankfully no vital images were lost as I tried every solution I could find without success. This evidenced itself as the file manager being unable to read any of the card file structure, complete freezes on some access attempts and the drive properties listed as "Unallocated Space". Your problems don't sound as severe as that - a LR import attempt from the Eye-Fi card was making LR unresponsive and needed a forced shutdown. Once bitten, twice shy - this has made me more interested in the K-3 dual card setup (and yes, I'm a big Ian Hunter fan for those who know who he is).

I hope you get your Yosemite photos back - while being an Aussie on the other side of the world, I have been to Yosemite briefly. It is one of the most majestically stunning places I have ever been to. And that was just visiting the Valley floor as the high plateau tours had closed down for the winter.

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Thank you both very much, you are incredibly helpful. I will try all your suggestions.

Fortunately "only" about 25% of the images on the card appear missing and the others look OK. I suspected something was wrong and also carried my Fuji X-10 for some images on the hike, and the next day used my K-01, which I'm really getting to like. I just really like the colors from the K200D.

Yes, Yosemite is amazing, and I'm very embarrassed to say that as a native Californian it was my first time there, but certainly not last.

Cheers.

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