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Says "card is locked" when turned on, but card is NOT locked

When I turn the camera on it says "card is locked". I know there is a lock on the SD card but it is not on. I have tried the card in other cameras and it works fine. Also, I have put other cards in this camera and it always says "card is locked" so I know it is a problem with the camera, not the card.

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I've had exactly the same thing happen on my camera.
If it tells you that "the card is locked" and you know that it is unlocked, push the white switch down on the side of the card. Unlocked, the switch should be nearest the metal connectors, then push it back up. ie the unlocked position. This should cure your problem. It certainly did with me. If it happens again, repeat the process.
Hope this helps.

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