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Error message: file contains no image data

I can see the picture on the screen and then it immediately goes away and i get the error msg above. It does this about every 4th or 5th picture I take. I can still review the picture and it immediately disappears and gives you the above message.

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  • choz Dec 14, 2008

    I have the sam problem and if I tranfer the pics to my computer, it's not able to open it

  • PunkRockRae Jan 02, 2009

    I have exactly the same problem and looking for the same answer!

  • rozes14 Jan 05, 2009

    and how do you fix this problem?

  • calilove92 Feb 12, 2009

    I have the exact same problem and so does my mother in law she has the same camera. How do we fix it?

  • Anonymous Feb 13, 2009

    i had the same problem then i formatted the card and problem solved.


  • grayss Apr 02, 2009

    when viewing or downloading pix image shows, but is immediately replaced by "error message: file contains no image data". Those already downloaded show up on the thumprint, but when I try to open them, the message reads "drawing failed".

  • hemiklr09 Apr 20, 2009

    my card is brnad new... took about three photos, shut it off. turned it on too take some more, and started to get the massage above.. is it the memory cad?

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    arnab_cha872 Jan 22, 2013

    thanx for solu

  • Anonymous Feb 14, 2014

    check out this guidehttp://www.asoftech.com/articles/file-do...

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Hello!
I may be able to add some advice on how to solve this unfortunate problem of "file contains no image data". I have been suffering from the same problem. I have recently been on some amazing vacations and the photos I have lost due to this problem have been invaluable to me! I would pay an insane amount of money to get these photos back, but unfortunately I cannot!
I have a nikon coolpix camera. I contacted the nikon coolpix technical support center. I spoke with a representative who asked me what type of memory card I have. As it turns out I have a generic memory card, which is not compatable with nikon. The only memory cards brands that are indicated to be used with the nikon coolpix camera that I have are as follows: Toshiba, Panasonic, Lexmark, and Sandisk. Those are the only 4!
I was told that if you use another memory card besides the memory cards brands that I have listed... that the camera may communicate incorrectly with your memory card, which results in data that is incomplete to support an image. When this happens you will only see a portion of your image, and you cannot get it back. These bad images with incomplete saved information are called "corrupt files". The representative told me that there are some programs that are available to purchase that may be able to correct corrupt .jpg files, but she believes that they are memory card brand specific.
To put it simply, when you do not have to compatable memory card in your camera, it is as if your camera is speaking english and your memory card is speaking chinese and they are not communicating properly (this was the way the representative explained this problem to me). So check your user manual for your specific type of camera or look it up online to see what type or brand of memory card you should be using! I truly hope this helps someone avoid losing invaluable photos!

Posted on Aug 16, 2009

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    Rob Mason Jan 12, 2014

    Your post was very helpful changed to a Scandisk took care of it

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I just went to a local photography store and asked about it and found out that it happened because I was turning off my camera before it was finished saving the picture. I looked through all of my pictures and realized that every picture that would start to load and then say "File contains no image data" was the last picture in a series of pictures before turning off my camera.
So basically, you need to wait until the little light stops flashing and it has finished saving all of the data.
(Another way I found out about this problem was when I loaded them onto my computer, these pictures had gray bars at the bottom.)

Posted on Mar 21, 2009

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I have identified the main issue as to why we see this error message: file contains no image data. Don't worry there is nothing wrong with your memory cards. They are working fine and are not corrupt. Yes, they are not corrupt. I repeat.
The issue occurs when you rotate the image either on the camera or your computer and then try to view the saved images on your camera again. During this testing I did not loose any images on my card. All images still display on the computer when I insert the card in the computer. It's just that I am not able to view them on the camera. I believe it is just a bug in the Nikon Coolpix cameras.

Posted on Mar 29, 2012

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    paswal01 Mar 29, 2012

    I have identified the main issue as to why we see this error message: file contains no image data. Don't worry there is nothing wrong with your memory cards. They are working fine and are not corrupt. Yes, they are not corrupt. I repeat.
    The issue occurs when you rotate the image either on the camera or your computer and then try to view the saved images on your camera again. During this testing I did not loose any images on my card. All images still display on the computer when I insert the card in the computer. It's just that I am not able to view them on the camera. I believe it is just a bug in the Nikon Coolpix cameras.

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You have got a virus on your card, or maybe even on the main board. I have had Norton antivirus and it did not detect viruses on my camera or computer. Kaspersky detects well. Once you insert infected card into PC it tells you you've got a worm virus!

Posted on Dec 12, 2008

  • Rasheed Bashirov Jul 21, 2009

    Most of the electronics use electrolyte capacitors which life is 1000-2000 hours (0ne year?) and once they are dry and stop working you have all kind main board malfunctioning, including this type of switching off after taking 4-5 pictures, most likely because of higher currents due to lost capacitors. Replacing the main board from another damaged (as-is) camera from ebay also helps. When you buy a camera for the main board look for the one that has both LCD and lens damage with no accessories, scratched up, those sell for 3-6 bucks. When you buy such camera, all you care in the description that it powers up

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I do have an approved memory card (ScanDisk), but the problem still occurred. Unlike some of the other posters, no pictures were lost. After seeing the "file contains no image data" error message, all the previous pictures could be viewed by just stepping backwards through the photos.

The problem came about when I used the memory card in another device (Kodak Zx3 video camera) and then transferred the memory card back to my Nikon CoolPix. My solution to the problem was to insert the memory card in my laptop and delete the folder (and thus movies/images) associated with the Kodak Zx3 video camera. After doing that and transferring the memory card back to my Nikon CoolPix, the error message no longer appeared.

To verify that using the memory card in another device really caused the problem, I used the memory card again in my Kodak Zx3 video camera, took a few movies, and then inserted it back into my Nikon CoolPix. Sure enough, the same error message appeared.

Moral of the story? Don't use your Nikon CoolPix memory card in different devices.

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I found before a minute. I have same problem and I had to delete hundreds photo. I notice what is problem but I can not any solution yet. If you take photo and you rotate these photo in your pc, images programme name change. So, the camera do not accept another programme. I do not know how I fix it.

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I saw the same message when I used the card from my Canon in the Coolpix. Panic set in when I thought the Christmas photos were lost! Funny thing was, I could see those photos when I inserted the card into my computer, and the camera itself was willing to play all the pics (including the ones from my old camera!) when I put it in "slideshow mode." So I knew the camera was in fact recording and saving new photos. Using a new card (not one of the 4 listed) solved the problem of the error message. Marvin was right... the Coolpix does not like to share with other cameras (and it has a nasty lying streak!!)

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