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Unidentified Image When I take a picture and then view it the screen says unidentified image. I have taken several pictures without receiving this error before.

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  • Anonymous Dec 07, 2008

    How do you get the pictures off your card before you format it?

  • zento Mar 30, 2009

    I had this same problem with a Kingston SD card, so thought maybe the card was screwey since it had it's good years of usange on it.  I bought a new Transcend SD card and after about 3 minutes of taking test shots with the new card, some of the images began to get corrupted again with the message "Unidentified Image".  I formatted the new card and will test some more in a bit.  But if it's not a card issue (which I'm beginning to suspect), could there be something wrong with my camera (which by the way, is also new)?  

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Usually the only time this message will appear is when you have taken the picture with another camera and try to review it on another. If this is not the issue, try formatting your card. Try another card. It may be a faulty memory card. If none of this works, call Canon tech support for free support.

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