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Can only take about 5 photos at a time and then only after reformatting the memory card.  After about 5, I get one of two error messages "camera cannot display image" when I try to playback or "memory card error"

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The card may be done. Thay have a limited lifetime, and if it was a cheap card in the first place.......

Reformatting does not fix this, the formatting software will scan for bad sections of the card and exclude them form the format.

It could be that there is a problem with formatting from the camera. But a card reader to fit to the PC and download the card formatting program from the official SD standards website. If your card can be properly formatted then this will do it.

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