I was taking pictures outside in fairly cold weather and my camera (Coolpix 4600) stopped taking pictures when I pushed the shutter button. I changed the batteries and turned it off and back on. It took a series of about 10 pictures with out me pushing the shutter, but only saved the last picture in the sequence. However, now, it has stopped taking pictures all together. It still turns on, it focuses, I can change settings, but it won't take a picture. I tried resetting to default settings but it didn't work. I also tried replacing batteries.
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Perhaps you have an empty battery?
Just remove the battery and try charging it on an external charger. When it is charged, try again. The camera should start with retracting the lens. Perhaps you again should power down and remove the battery for a few seconds after that, but just try it.
Switching of a camera causes it to start again, like a cold boot from a computer.
Monitor your battery, because if the camera shuts down very soon after that, perhaps you need a new battery?
Did you take pictures with the vivitar camera and saved it on the same memory card? If so, that might be the problem. Delete those files taken by vivitar (copy them to your computer if it is important before deleting) then try the memory card again on your coolpix.
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The best way to download pictures from your camera to your computer involves removing the memory card from the camera and plugging it into a card reader (either built-in to the computer or connected via USB or FireWire). This is likely to be faster than connecting the camera to the computer, and won't run down your camera's batteries.
Once the card is plugged in, it will appear to your computer as a removable drive. You can use the operating system's drag&drop facility to copy pictures from the card to the computer's hard drive, the same way you copy any other files. Or you can use Nikon Transfer or any other photo cataloging program.
On the bottom of the camera you'll
find a plastic tripod mount and the battery
The door covering the battery compartment is
sturdy, and it has a locking mechanism. As you
see, the Coolpix 4600 and 5600 use two AA
ok I figured out how to do it! put the memory card into the camera, then go to view the pictures. Then press the menu button and scroll until you see the copy button. Then you will see the option to copy from camera to card, or card to camera. Press the option to copy from camera to card and press select all....(or whichever pictures you want copied...I wanted all pictures copied). Then voila! it takes a few seconds to copy from the camera to the card, and there you have it! :)
Hello Winniethe383, AF stands for "Auto Focus", When you are clicking a snap, the camera is trying to bring the subject into focus and the Red light blinking is to show the status that the camera is busy Focusing. Please let me know in case you need any further details and I would be glad to assist you further :)
Typically when that happens your auto focus sensor has become dirty and it takes longer to focus on your subjects. Make sure both your lens and AF sensor are completely clean. Use a soft high thread count cotton cloth to wipe them clean.