Question about Digital Cameras

1 Answer

Picture error and loss of pictures taken

Olympus IR-300 with Fuji XD-card, 256MB. Camera sometimes just stops and closes, saying "picture error". I cannot look at the pictures nor download them. To keep taking pictures I need to reformate the XD-card. But then I loose the pictures of cours. Why?

I am having the same problem with my Olympus Stylus 790SW. Not the same camera, but also an Olympus using the x-D card.

When I use a USB Card Reader (Lexar USB 2.0 Mult-Card Reader), my computer will recognize that there are photos on the card. I attempt to download them and after a short while errors begin to pop up saying that the data is corrupted or not readable.

I then remove the card reader from the computer and place the x-D card back in the camera and find that the pictures are now gone and the camera is giving me two options: 1. "clean the card" or 2. "format the card". I don't want to format the card because I don't want to lose my photos. I removed the card and wiped it with a dry cloth and tried it in the camera again, but continued to receive the same error message.

However, when I use the supplied USB cable that came with the camera and connect the camera directly to the computer, I have no problems with uploading images. It appears to only be a problem when using the card reader.

Has anyone else experienced this problem? Is there a way to recover the photos from the x-D card? In the future, I will not use the card reader, but I would really like to recover the 200+ photos that I had taken at Christmas with my family.

Posted by on

1 Answer

  • Level 1:

    An expert who has achieved level 1.


    An expert whose answer got voted for 20 times.


    An expert that has over 10 points.


    An expert whose answer got voted for 2 times.

  • Contributor
  • 14 Answers
Re: Picture error and loss of pictures taken

In this case you should use recovery software to see if you lost pictures can be got back. Recommend you have a try of Wondershare Photo Recovery, a program which can recover lost pictures, videos can music with both Windows and Mac version, you can free download the program from the sites,

(For Windows Users)
(For Mac OS Users)

Step-to-Step Instruction:

1. Download and install the trial version on your computer, then connect your camera memory card to the computer (I assume you are using Windows). Start Wondershare Photo Recovery and select the drive letter that assigned to camera memory card.
2. Then choose the file type (all, photo, video, music) click "Star Scan".
3. Now the scanning process will start automatically to look for the deleted items. You will then get a list of all recoverable ones.
4. Preview the photos. If your deleted ones are found, then you need pay to get the activation code. And click "Recover".

1. Take the free trial version before you buy.
2. Before your deleted items are recovered, do not save more files to the card.
I hope you good luck, Merry Christmas!

Posted on Dec 23, 2010

Add Your Answer

0 characters

Uploading: 0%


Complete. Click "Add" to insert your video. Add


3 Points

Related Questions:

1 Answer

We have a new Fuji A345 camera, and we just bought an Olympus M+ 2 GB xD-Picture Card Flash Memory Card. The card fits the slot, but the camera when turned on says that there is a card error. The camera...

Yur camera is Compatible with the 1GB,512MB,and 256MB except 2GB xD-Picture Card™ TypeM / TypeH

say thanks is very important to people who share
knowledge rate it

Sep 16, 2011 | Fuji FinePix A345 Digital Camera

1 Answer

The camera says memory is full but I have only taken about 20 pictures - the letters IN appear in the corner - camera is a finepix F31fd

You are taking pictures to the internal memory and not to the XD Picture Card. The internal memory will only hold about 20 pictures. You can buy an XD Picture card at Walmart or really any store that sells camera accessories. 256MB should be plenty.

You can also lower the resolution of your pictures and then the internal memory may hold maybe 32-40 pictures.

May 05, 2010 | Fuji FinePix S3000 Digital Camera

1 Answer

After taking about 15-20 pictures our camera shows card error message. We download the pics onto our computer and reformat as the camera says to do...but should the camera hold more pictures than that?


It sounds like the card is damaged, it should take a lot more photos than that.

The C-50 takes an XD memory card. These are different sizes. For example a 256mb size will take hundreds of photographs.

The C-50 is quite old and there are now different types of XD cards. It might be best to get a 128mb XD card.

The Olympus website says:
Please contact Olympus authorized distributor or service center in your region for the information about
using xD-Picture Card 512MB, 1GB or 2GB
I hope this helps.

Mar 11, 2010 | Olympus Camedia C-50 Zoom Digital Camera

3 Answers

Write error and read error appear after picture is taken.

pls update ur firmware from here it would likely resolve problem

get back to me if it doesnt and do rate me FIXYA for help

Mar 29, 2009 | Fuji FinePix S1000FD Digital Camera

1 Answer

I just got a brand new Olympus xD Picture Card (M 2GB) for my Olympus D-390 Camedia Digital Camera. When I turn it on, the 'Card Setup" screen comes up. When I try to format the card, I inevitably...

The problem is that the largest xD card that your camera can support is a 256mb card without the letters M or H on it. The 1gb and 2gb cards are not compatible.

Aug 25, 2008 | Olympus Digital Cameras

4 Answers

Xd picture card error - will not format


Try formatting with an external card reader and PC.

Apr 17, 2008 | Olympus Camedia D-390 Digital Camera

1 Answer

I cannot get card to work in my fuji finepix a 340 says write error inserted Olympus Xd picture card . ASfter attemting to take picture, rec'd message that it could not initialize.

If your new xD card is an "H" or "M" type card, it is only compatable with the A340 following a firmware upgrade to the camera. is a link to the software and steps you can take to perform the upgrade.

Mar 13, 2008 | Fuji FinePix A340 Digital Camera

1 Answer

XD-Picture Card

The xD-Picture card is the memory card where the D-390 stores the pictures. xD-Picture Cards come in a variety of sizes currently ranging from 16MB through 256MB. Larger capacity xD cards allow you to store more pictures.

Aug 31, 2005 | Olympus Camedia D-390 Digital Camera

Not finding what you are looking for?
Digital Cameras Logo

Related Topics:

223 people viewed this question

Ask a Question

Usually answered in minutes!

Top Digital Cameras Experts


Level 3 Expert

93922 Answers

Donald DCruz
Donald DCruz

Level 3 Expert

17129 Answers


Level 3 Expert

3283 Answers

Are you a Digital Camera Expert? Answer questions, earn points and help others

Answer questions

Manuals & User Guides