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Camera takes too long to load pics,which delays taking more pics

My Sony Alpha A100 dSLR takes up to 45+ seconds to load a picture before I can take another. I'm not sure if this is normal, if I have a certain setting that is causing this, or if the camera's broken. It is very annoying and I often miss 'candid moments' because of it. Has anyone heard of this problem occuring with this particular camera?

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Questions to ask yourself...is the card almost full of pictures? Is the card "cheap"? Is the card less than a class 4. When was the last time you formatted the card in the camera after downloading the pics from it? How are your batteries?

Posted on May 31, 2010

Testimonial: "speaking of memory cards...I checked the image size setting on my camera and it was on the largest setting. It make sense that a lager image would take londer to load and save than a small one. Thanks for the help."

  • Ty Price Jun 02, 2010

    Keep the largest size. It only takes a half second longer to write the picture to the card. You never know when a great pic will come along and you'll want to be able to crop and enlarge it. If you set your camera on a lower setting, you will be very limited as to what you can do.

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