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Takes 6 - 7 seconds to record the image to the card before I can shoot another picture.

I already reformatted the memory card as instructions said to do....have changed batteries..what else can it be

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  • VT Mom Dec 19, 2007

    It takes 6 - 7 seconds to record the image to the you must wait between shots..even when new batteries are in the camera! Just seems extremely slow to record and then to recharge to be ready for the next picture. Maybe I need specialized batteries?



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What is the problem actually

Posted on Dec 19, 2007

  • dewan nafees ahmed Dec 19, 2007

    no. i think u have kept the highest resolution. that means the file size s going to be large. is it so? have u kept the highest clarity. (there wil be various sizes like large, M1, M2, M3, small)...

  • dewan nafees ahmed Dec 19, 2007

    if u r nt clear wit wat i told.. read page number 26 in manual also read page 31.. they may help u more



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