I've gotten this message several times when the camera was exposed to slightly cooler tempertures (60 degrees), which really isnt that cold. The only way to get it to work was to hold it under a lamp for several minutes to warm it up and then it would be fine. Any ideas on what the real problem might be and do I have to really send it to Nikon to get fixed?
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I occasionally get an ERR on my D-90 and it seems to happen for different reasons. Sometimes, it's kinda hard to figure out and it's hard to clear as well. One way I get it, is if I try to shoot without the SD card installed. I've also gotten it when I've been in manual mode and the settings were so far off that the camera could not function as set. So far, I've always been able to clear the ERR by turning the camera on and off if nothing else works.
I went to the D-90 manual and could find nothing about error messages nor could I find any reference to error messages in the table of contents. I happened upon what Nikon calls a Q&A index in the front of the book before the main index. Down in the list of questions, there was one which said "What do these warnings mean?" then a box which said error message and a reference to page 255 in the back of the book. I went to page 255 it showed a multitude of messages of different types but only one ERR.
The explanation was that this indicated a "camera malfunction" and to clear it, you are supposed to release the shutter. In the next box, it said that if this condition persists or occurs frequently you should contact Nikon Tech support.
Interestingly, when I get this message, the shutter will not release and I have to turn the camera off to make it release. When I turn it off and back on the error message has clear.
I hope this information helps with your D-70.
Incidentally, I've found the people at Nikon tech support to be very friendly and helpful.
The Nikon D-90 users manual says on page 256 that the ERR message indicates a camera malfunction and that it can be cleared by releasing the shutter.
I've found on my D-90 that the only way I can get the shutter to release is my turning the camera off. When I turn it back on the ERR message is gone and the camera functions as it should.
Occasionally, I have had to remove and reinstall the battery to make the camera turn off but this happens only rarely.
The users manual says if the condition occurs frequently or persists that you should contact a Nikon authorized repair center. I suggest that you contact Nikon tech support at www.nikon.com to see what they suggest. I think this information would apply to the D-60 as well.
Nikon Imaging Products Support Page: http://imaging.nikon.com/products/imaging/support/index.htm
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It turns out that supporting the camera while taking a shot can impart a slight twist on the seated lens. This twist is just enough to cause the camera to think that there is no lens installed .. hence the error message. Solution (provided my Henry's Camera experts) was to reseat the lens by reversing the twist. It has since happenned twice and each time recovery was effective .... Keith
Having a "System Error" message display on the camera's LCD display generally indicates a problem where the camera will need to come to Nikon for repair. A System Error is a general error which can be caused by many things: lens problem, CF Card problem, general camera failure, etc. Before sending the camera in, check these:
Use the memory card that originally came with the camera (or a Nikon approved card)
Remove and replace the battery
If the error is still displayed, contact Nikon's Service Department. If the above tips do not help the camera must be sent to Nikon Service, there are no user serviceable parts on Nikon Coolpix cameras.