When I try to record in Memory Card mode the camera fails
When I switch to Memory Card mode and try to record one of two things happens. Either the camera locks up after one second and doesn't allow me to change any settings, zoom, or do anything else or after one second the screen goes blank. Either way I have to turn it off and sometimes flip the switch around a few times to get it to work again.
It does occasionally work, but maybe only one time out of ten.
I'm also having image and color quality issues, but it seems to me that it's a CCD issue based on what I've read so far.
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won't record photos.
Make sure you've selected a photography mode with your camera, rather than a
playback mode or a video mode. If your camera's battery power is low, the
camera might not be able to record photos.
if your camera's internal memory area or your Memory card is full, the camera won't record
any more photos.
With some cameras, the internal software only
allows a certain number of photos to be recorded on a single memory card
because of how the software numbers each photo. Once the camera hits its limit,
it won't save any more photos. (This problem is more likely to occur when an
older camera is paired with a new, large memory card.) The battery is the root
of most common digital camera issues. Though battery life has been extended as
battery and digital camera technologies evolve, no battery lasts forever. When
your batteries begin to run out, sometimes your camera responds in wacky ways
that may not seem connected. The flash may not come on, the autofocus won't
engage as quickly as it did before or the LCD screen will power off
intermittently. All of your camera's responsiveness is linked to its battery
strength. Change batteries and try to recreate a problem; odds are you won't be
able to. It's a good idea to carry a backup battery for cameras that use
lithium-ion cells or a pack of spares for cameras that use AA. Watch your
battery icon for a general idea of
The same thing happens to me when I try to record thru the "A/V in jack". It appears (my first thought) that the camera is trying to record to the internal drive and it runs out of memory really quick. But then, when I play it back, (the small 15 seconds or so) the audio and video are not sync'd. Most of the time at least. Very inconsistent. It also locked up and froze for me too. I had to remove the battery to reset it. Once or twice it recorded normal, (once when I reset the default settings and another time just out of the blue) - I thought I had it solved but it went back to "File Failed" after about 17-20 seconds of recording on the next record session.
I have the thing packed up ready to take back, but am looking for a solution so I can keep it..
You may want to check the record lockout safety switch located on the tape. This button can get moved by accident and the camera will refuse to record on that tape. Also, be sure the camera is in "video" mode, not "photo" mode. Some of Canons camcorders have a digital still camera mode which stops the camcorder from functioning because the photos are being recorded to a memory card and not your tape, please check this swithc as well.
Recording Still images To The Memory Stick
M.REC mode (Memory RECORD mode)
1. Set the mode switch to MEMORY CARD.
2. Set the power switch to CAMERA.
3. Press the PHOTO button.
The still image is recorded to the Memory Card.
To View photos on the Memory Card
M.PLAY mode (Memory PLAYBACK mode)
1. Set the mode switch to MEMORY CARD.
2. Set the power switch to PLAYER.
The last recorded image appears. If there are no recorded images on the Memory Card, NO STORED PHOTO! or NO STORED MPEG4! will display on the screen.
3. Using the (FWD) and (REV) buttons, search for the desired still image.
* To view the next image : press the (FWD) button.
* To view the previous image : press the (REV) button.
* Pressing (FWD) when you are on the last image will take you to the first image and pressing (REV) when you are on the first image will take you to the last image.
* Keep pressing (FWD) or (REV) to search for an image quickly.
You can record video with audio onto the Memory Card. Follow the instructions below.
Recording moving pictures onto a MEMORY CARD
1. Insert a Memory Card into the slot on the camcorder.
2. Set the mode switch to MEMORY CARD position.
3. Set the power switch to CAMERA mode.
4. Press the START/STOP button, the images are recorded on the MEMORY CARD in MPEG4.
* You can record 10 ~ 20 seconds continuously.
* You can record a still image on the Memory Card by pressing the Photo button instead of the START/STOP button.
5. Press the START/STOP button to stop the recording.
* Moving images that you recorded are saved in *.asf file format on the Memory Card.
* The moving picture images on a Memory Card are smaller size and lower definition than those on a Tape.
* The sound is recorded in mono.
* The following functions cannot be operated in M.REC Mode. - DIS (Digital Image Stabilizer), Digital Zoom, Fade, Program AE, Digital Special Effect, Slow Shutter.
* Don't insert or eject a tape during Memory card recording as it may record noise.
* Don't eject the Memory Card during recording as it may break the data on the Memory Card or the Memory Card itself.