It happened to me last year in July 2008. All the images were wiped off the card.
I was told by Robert White cameras in Poole, Dorset, England from where I bought the camera that it was a card problem. With the card connected to your Mac by a reader, go to Apps, Utilities folder, Disc Utility. Select the card from the menu on the left. Select Erase and then choose how many times you want to erase. This will take a few minutes but will clean the card. Never use a card from another camera. Just use cards for use in the ZD only.
I have not had the problem since.
I took the battery out. Put it back in and it was fine. Haven't had a problem since. I guess the trick is not to let the battery die while you're shooting or while the camera is connected to a computer. Obviously.
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The error is not in my book in connection with the flash. Normal this error only occurs when the buffer is filled when shooting continuously or when the camera is connected to a computer.
If the internal flash is switched on and you get busy, it could be the battery is low in voltage, and can't charge the capacitor in the flash or the flash is defect and can't reach the voltage needed to be fired.
If you did remove the battery and reinserted it (after charging if needed) and the error keeps coming back I think you have to contact the Canon service centre close to you.
usually fast flashing charge is faulty battery its trying to get volts in to the battery. you see the battery has a charging board on the battery not in the camera the camera sends the volts to the battery and the battery tells the camera its voltage, and when at the right volts stops charging. but these batteries can only be charged to around 10000hrs depending on the type of battery. you see when you get a new battery you need to charge it before use, now this can be 6hrs to 12hrs for fist time use if you interrupted the charge or have a power cut while it charges it can damage the charging chip in the battery. if this does the flashing light on other batteries then the signal is not being read by the camera and the camera can be faulty on the charging circuit, usually (sometimes) removing the battery for a few hours can fix this but it will rest the camera. hope this helps you.
When showing busy, most of the time the camera detected an error, but can't find out what is causing the error.
Try the normal "reset" method as follows:
Like a cold boot for a computer, the camera can be "rebooted"
follow the following steps:
Switch of the camera and remove the battery.
Remove the memory card and the lens. (if possible)
Recharge the battery. Wait till the indicator on the charger indicates the battery is fully charged.
Check all contacts, if they are clean and shiny. Contacts (from battery and memory card, only to be cleaned with a dry cloth or cotton swab(s).
Reinsert the battery, reinsert the memory card and re-attach the lens.
Then switch on the camera.
If this does not help, contact a certified Canon repair centre.
Charge battery or try another battery. The camera says busy when the flash is charging. If that doesn't solve the problem then you may have a bad flash board, capacitor, etc. If it says busy all the time, that is an indication of a main circuit failure. although you mostly see this on the XS.
A low light photo requires a longer exposure and therefore a longer writing time. However, if your camera never finishes writing to the card on its own, it could be because of the following reasons:
1. A nearly full card.
2. A card that has not been formatted in the camera for a long time (This will erase all images so download them first)
3. A cheap or slow card.
4. A weak or old battery.
The warning about taking the memory card out while it says busy is to prevent corrupting the flash card during a write. Give you were just reading the data, you should be OK, unless it was deleting the files as they were uploaded. In any case, you will most likely need to remove the battery. There may also be a small button battery that will need to be removed as well that is used to maintain the time. I would turn off the camera, remove the memory card, remove the battery, put the battery back in (without memory card). If you still have the problem try removing the button battery (I am assuming there should be a holder for one somewhere on the camera body).
Good luck, report back if this works or not.
Just got a brand new camera. Played around with it a few nights to learn all the parts and buttons. Went to a concert tonite. While waiting for the show I took many test shots to see how the camera would work under these contiditions. Used a 75 to 300 Cannon lens. I had just got the settings about right when the show started. All of a sudden the display went dark and "busy" flashed in the view finder. But it would not take any more pictures. Taking the battery out and removing the sd card did not help. The auto focus and flash still worked but nothing else. This camera is going back to the store if I can't get some help. PLEASE............. vj