If you haven't done so yet, take one of the cards, reformat it correctly (please ask again if you need info on how to do this) and see if you get any change.
Are you using a PC card reader to transfer the photos or a USB cable?
If you have a mains adaptor then try taking a set of pictures while still plugged in and see if you get the same problem. Your local camera shop may let you try this if you don't have an adaptor.
If you don't get the same problem, then it is hopefully dirty battery terminals, which limit the available power/voltage for writing to the cf card. If you still get exactly the same problem when on AC power, then the most likely problem is dirt on the cf card slot terminals.
The cf card slot pins are very hard to clean, battery terminals easier.
Use a small amount of gin on a Q-tip/cotton bud for the battery contacts.
best way with the Cf slot pins is a piece of new kitchen sponge(not the scratchy type) cut with scissors to a fraction larger than the cf card. push it gently in and out of the slot so the pins pierce it. a "hint" of gin on the sponge is necessary, but if you can get wetness when you squeeze it, it is too wet.
Before you do any of these cleaning operations, have a very close look (with a magnifying glass if possible, and good light) to see if anything is actually strange in the battery compartment or card slot (the "dirt" is often grease and near invisible, so look for damaged or bent pins and insulation etc). Take any batteries etc out before cleaning and try to turn the camera on with no power source at least twice before touching the insides.
If this doesn't help, or you need more assistance, then please ask.
My next suspect would be the card, despite you trying two. CF cards are very temperamental. Try a third or fourth if you can do so without expense, just to be sure.
Sep 06, 2007 |
Canon PowerShot S1 IS Digital Camera