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Photos taken now not visible on memory card. I'm currently on vacation and have been taking photos on my DMC-TZ5. Camera has been working fine, until yesterday. I took a number of photos of a particularly memorable day when none of the group had a camera with them. Every time a photo was taken the image was displayed for a second before being able to take another shot. A number of times I went back to check the photos, each time the photo was visible. However, when I returned home and placed the SD card in my laptop, I could not see any of the photos of that day. All the photos of previous days were still visible, as you would expect. I then placed the SD card back in the camera and again the many photos that I had taken were now not visible but there were three photos which were completely black which was not any photo that I took. I wondered whether these black photos were the three occasions where the camera was turned on to take approximately 30 photos each time? I took another photo then to check whether the camera was working properly and it stored the photo fine. Does anyone know why this is and how to recover the missing photos? The memory card has not history of faults and has approximately 75% free capacity. I've a feeling that the photos may have had their file type changed, such that the laptop can't recognise them and the camera see something but doesn't know what it is. Really would appreciate any advise. Kind regards

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The memory card has most likely corrupted or the camera itself is faulty. Depending upon where you were holidaying this could be an intermittent fault due to temperature or humidity. It can also be caused if you have not followed the correct procedure for safely removing your SD card from your laptop (in Windows, click on "safely eject hardware" or from the "My Computer" window right click the SD card icon and select "Eject").

Try cleaning the card contacts using a cotton bud moistened with alcohol in case sweat, oil or grease has got onto them. If that fails then see if you can borrow another SD card, but this is risky as you may end up damaging the card so you may be better to buy the cheapest one you can solely for testing purposes (it's also worth asking for one on your local FreeCycle /Freegle groups as many folks now have low capacity SD cards with zero resale value which they have upgraded from and no longer use) . If the camera works perfectly then you know that it's most likely that the card was at fault and if not you definitely have to choose whether to get your camera sent for diagnosis and possible repair by Panasonic or whether to buy another one. Your camera is recent enough that it might still be under the manufacturer's warranty.

Regarding your existing SD card, it seems not to have recorded the images correctly or may not have recorded them at all. If the former applies, they *might* be recoverable but it needs specialist data recovery software which is not cheap (search "SD recovery"). Insert the SD card into your laptop and select the three black frames and click on "properties" to see how much memory they occupy. This will give you an idea as to whether there are approximately 90 images (3 x 30) there or not, but even if not the images could still be elsewhere on the card. You really won't know unless you invest in the required software to find out or by taking the card to a data recovery specialist (also not cheap). If you hope to recover any lost images then you must not use the card again as the data will gradually become overwritten.

The final option is to abandon all hope of the lost images, transfer the ones which you do have to your laptop (and back them up further to recordable DVD or a USB stick) and to then reformat the memory card in your camera. This option is only to be taken if obtaining a replacement SD card is impractical and if you wish to gamble that the fault was an unusual one-off. Only you can decide whether the risks of losing further unrepeatable photos are an acceptable alternative to the only certain (and expensive) fix of buying a new camera and/or memory card, although you could recoup some of the expense by reselling your current camera: it's up to buyers to ask questions ("caveat emptor") so don't mention the recent issues. Morally and legally this is fine as you don't actually know that the camera is faulty.

Sorry there's no definite answer here, but I hope that my reply will help you to isolate the cause or assists you in choosing your next course of action. If the fault is intermittent then they're impossible even for professionals to repair if they cannot reproduce the fault when testing the camera.

Good luck, and please take a moment to rate my answer.

Posted on Sep 30, 2010

  • Rothers77 Sep 13, 2011

    Hey,
    Did you manage to fix the problem? I have the same problem and I've already tried a different card with the same result - I'm fearing it may be the camera that is playing up....

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