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While taking pictures the camera suddenly said card locked! So I purchased a new card only to get the same error message. I tried my card in my neighbors camera and it was fine. I am a bit antsy about this matter being that I only had the camera for 6 months

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While taking pictures the camera suddenly said card locked! So I purchased a new card only to get the same error message. I tried my card in my neighbors camera and it was fine. I am a bit antsy about this matter being that I only had the camera for 6 months

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If the error is still displayed after you did the above, you might want to try the card in another camera.

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