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Camera says "Memory Card Full" when it's empty

My camera says "Memory Card Full" every time I try to take a picture, even though I have completely emptied all of my pictures onto my computer! When I go to the view/preview mode (the green arrow on the rotating dial), it says "no valid image to play." It is a 256mb card. I also tried my 8mb card to see if the card itself was defective, but had the same problem with the 8mb card. The battery is fully charged. What's up? Thanks, Fiona

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SOURCE: viewing pictures on camera

When you rotated pictures you changed picture size and definition, that is the reason why camera does not display them again.
If you check file size, you will see that rotated pictures are smaller than regular ones.
There is no way to get picture to original definition once you reduce it, however if you use a program like Photoshop you can check size and definition on original pictures, and re-rotate and resize rotated pictures to send them back to the camera, quality will be poorer than originals. Attributes to check are length and width (preferably in pixels) and definition, then you save pictures as best quality.

Posted on Aug 10, 2008

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SOURCE: I have a Lumix DMC-FS3 camera and if I don't put a

First of all, forget about using the built-in's very small. Does your camera work properly when a memory card is inserted? You could also go into the setup menu to "reset". That would set your camera back to factory defaults.

Posted on Aug 30, 2009

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SOURCE: cannot download all of pictures onto pc.

First of all, you should forget about using the internal just causes problems (as you can readily see). Always use a memory card. If any of the pics on your camera are important, you should download them to your computer before continuing. Then, go into the menu and find "reset"...follow the on-screen instructions. Then, with the card out of the camera, go into the menu and find "format"...follow the on-screen instructions. Then insert a blank memory card and go into the menu and find "format" again...follow the on-screen instructions. From this point on, your life will be wonderful.

Posted on Feb 02, 2010

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SOURCE: i have an sd card

With no card in the camera, go into the menu and find "format" and follow the on-screen instructions to erase the internal memory.

Posted on Dec 27, 2010

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SOURCE: I have photos on the

Go into the menu and find "copy"...from there, you can copy the internal memory to a memory card.

Posted on Feb 03, 2011

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SOURCE: It says that my "Memory Card is full" even though

1. Make sure you are saving all your images to what is called the "external" memory, not the tiny internal memory.
2. Format your memory card using the format feature on your camera.

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