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Strange lines at bottom of images and "unidentified image" error messages

I bought this camera on eBay for use at a trade show and took it out the week before for a test drive. No probs on test drive, but when I was shooting people on the show floor, found that many of the images would have lines or bands at bottom -- sometimes more than halfway up, never consistent -- that almost looked like one of the colorspaces hadn't processed fully. Like it was clear red and green had processed, but not blue. However, those images would still download off my camera to my Mac's iPhoto program.

But then there were images I shot on the floor that looked beautiful when I shot them, looked fine when I immediately reviewed them, but when I went to download, would hang for several minutes then not download. iPhoto would give me the message that these images were corrupted. When I reviewed them on the camera, they had wide black margins, the image was very small -- like a thumbnail image -- and were all labeled "Unidendified Image."

There weren't a lot of them -- only 5-6 out of, say, 80 shot that day -- but when they were of people I couldn't find again in the crowd and had to have their shots, OUCH! Any ideas? I'm a newb with this model, so these are probably stupid questions. But when the photos processed correctly, they were gorgeous. Help!

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  • Wildheart Mar 15, 2008

    I had thought of this possibility. May I ask why you think it's the card?

    - Wildheart



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Your images are getting corrupt. Change ur card.

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This sounds like a possible write problem with your flash card. Do you have another memory card (preferably different make) that you could try with the camera?

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    Think it's probably the card because of the corrupted images. The first thing to check is always the card in those cases. Especially suspect the card because of the inconsistencies of the failures (some good pics/some bad pics). A camera write failure would usually be consistently bad.

    One other thing, have you ever formatted this card in your camera? If not recommend doing so, and trying again to see if that corrects it. Look for and use a "Full" or "Low Level" format in your menus, and NOT a "Quick" format.



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