Question about Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ3 Digital Camera
I use a 4GB SDHC card for my TZ3 and often connect the card to my PC using the SanDisk MicroMate. I find that if I delete my pictures using my PC, it doesn't leave the card cleanly... Meaning, when the card is then plugged back into my camera, I see that the picture is no longer there, but there is a 'black out' frame in its place... and when I try to use the camera to 'delete' this 'blackout' frame, it says "This Picture Cannot be Deleted"...
What do i need to do?
Another solution. Download the free Google Picasa 3 program. It is a nice viewer & will download from a wide range of camera types using the USB lead. Selective dowloading & or deleting are possible.
Posted on Mar 02, 2009
Sounds like a MobileMate quirk Tanya. Use your USB cable connection to your PC/Camera interface and delete pics that way too see if this funny goes away.
If it does, and I believe it will, then it is a SanDisk issue not revising the File Allocation Table(FAT) after deleting the Pic File on the mem card.
You could also find out if this is just an SDHC SD card reader issue by using an older less dense standard 1 or 2Meg non-SDHC mem card in the reader and see if issue goes away.
The fallback of course to view and delete the pics on the camera before download, or download pics then note which pic file numbers you want deleted after viewing on PC, then put SD card back in camera and delete them there.
Another option for trial, is to cut and paste the whole DCIM folder, or sub pic folder to your PC from off the SD card using the card reader. The camera automatically generates subfolders under the DCIM folder if you completely remove(deleting by a cut or move), when you take your first picture on a camera with a DCIM but not sub pic folder. Try this first and I think you will find all pics will be deleted from camera that are in a subfolder under DCIM. If not, then cut or move the whole DCIM folder and create a new DCIM(empty) folder on the SD card using the PC and card reader. Of course using this method you cannot selective delete individual pics from the mem card. You would be deleting them all after the Folder cut or move from the SD card.
Posted on Feb 27, 2009
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Posted on Jan 02, 2017
I recently bought a DMC-TZ3 and have been researching memory cards. Several sites sell cards with the camera and list the card type. I would suggest buying one of these cards. Any cards larger than 2gb must be SDHC type SD cards. There appear to different types of SDHC cards, 1.0, 1.1 and 2.0. Check out Wikipedia.org for a description. 2.0 cards are not compatable for devices developed prior to 2.0 so that may be the reason for the camera problem. So far I haven't seen anything that states what type SDHC card the camera requires. I found a computer memory site that that sells memory that they say will work. There may be others.
Posted on Dec 27, 2007
I have been rummaging around trying to find two solutions: 1) to get my Toshiba Satellite card reader to read SDHC cards and 2) to get my desktop USB ports to read SDHC cards. While MS offers a hotfix for XP, it does not always work because of the different Chip Sets in computers. I have also read where posters say that the SDHC card works in the compter NOW, but NOW will not work in the camera... and the SDHC card NOW works in the camera but will NOT work in the computer.... I found a tekkie article that may help clear the air... SDHC cards are formatted in Fat32x (NOTICE the "x") and SD cards are formatted in Fat32 (no 'x') and these compatibility problems arise when the user unwittingly or unknowingly RE-formats the SDHC card, either when it is put in the computer and won't read or when it is put in the camera and won't read... but just don't bother to mention that THAT is what they did upon inserting the card and only proceeded to complain about an apparent incompatibility. The camera or computer might even mislead you asking if you want to format the card..... but all is not lost. The Panasonic site gives a program AND a pdf instruction book on How To ReFormat an SD or SDHC card specifying the proper Fat32x or Fat32 format. Hope this helps.
Posted on May 21, 2008
I don't have a solution to the first part of your dilemma (why it won't playback) but I do have a solution for deleting the file. On your camera are "hidden" file folders. When you connect your camera to your computer, you probably only see two folders (that's all I see for my DMC-LZ8). But there are more, and your undeletable picture/video is in one of these folders. Find the folder and you'll find the file. Delete it from your camera using the computer to do the command. Problem solved. Okay, so how do you find the hidden folders? I have a Mac, so my process was this: 1) Connect camera to computer; 2) Select/open camera icon (looks like "volume disk"); 3) From top Finder bar, select File then Find; 4) Select the camera volume to limit your search to the camera (not HD or other external hard drives you may have connected to your computer); 5) Select "Kind" and in the next dropdown button "Folders". Voila. Happy searching. My hidden "undeletable" video files were in a folder called "100_PANA". I selected them then moved them to the Trash. Be sure to eject your camera properly (don't just turn it off or disconnect it).
Good luck. I hope this helps.
PS - My theory is that this occurred after an upload to my computer got unexpectedly disconnected before everything finished loading or else the camera got disconnected from the computer incorrectly even if the upload had already finished (see above comment to eject camera properly). In either case, the blank/black screen, unviewable but "there" on the camera taking up memory photos/videos problem happened to me, too. The above actions resolved it for me.
Posted on Oct 13, 2008
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