Hello I was almost happy with the D80 i bought 14 months ago, except for one malfunction 3 months ago: an ERR massage that disapeared after turning off the camera, but the pictures i took on the card from that moment on didn't upload and I lost them (for a while i could still could see them on the LCD, until i tried to upload). For three month everything was perfect, lots of good pictures. THEN, Yesterday, the same thing happened again, much worse. I was working with my regular 18-200 Nikor VR lens. Suddenly an ERR massage, on/off until it disappeared, everything seemed fine with the pics appearing in the LCD both immediately after and when playing back, but when i tried to upload from the card, the PC didn't recognize it. Next step I tried to upload from the camera but now, the camera gave me a CHR message. NEEDLESS to say all my pictures (2G) lost again!!! I was working with an Extreme III card, a month (10 formatings) old. I tried to use its rescue program that comes with it, no use. Now the camera seems ok again but i am too scared to use it.
1. Please check your card on some other camera to make sure the media is alright.
2. I am not sure if you take the SD card out of the camera and put it into a card reader (stand alone, in your laptop/PC) to read the images. As I understand, you first took out the card and then put it back into the camera to read from the camera once it did not work in the card reader. However, there are issues with doing both. I will outline them below.
Card Reader: At times, reading a card in a card reader will mess it up and it will remain unusable in the camera even if it displays photographs on camera LCD. Please note, this will happen even if you have only viewed the photographs on your computer and not saved them to your hard drive/media. The card will most definitely not work in camera if you delete photographs from the card or edit them on the card. The only solution to this is to format that card IN the Camera. The manual has instructions for the same.
In Camera: Other times, you may have connected the camera through the USB cable to a computer with the card in the camera. This problem may crop up IF you used your computer to delete images from the card whilst it was IN the camera. Again, the solution is to format the card. IN the camera, not from the PC.
3. Whether you use the USB cable or take out the card and put it into a card reader to save your photographs, always repeat ALWAYS format your card in the camera after transferring your photographs. This ensures card will not malfunction unless the media is corrupt. This also has the added benefit of not having the same photographs a few times over.
4. Try not to leave your images in the card after taking photographs. Try to save them to your PC at the earliest opportunity. Format after-wards (I can not repeat this point enough).
5. Use multiple cards of smaller capacity. They are cheaper to buy. Even if you lose one card to a mal-function, you still have photographs on others.
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The Nikon D-90 users manual says on page 256 that the ERR message indicates a camera malfunction and that it can be cleared by releasing the shutter.
I've found on my D-90 that the only way I can get the shutter to release is my turning the camera off. When I turn it back on the ERR message is gone and the camera functions as it should.
Occasionally, I have had to remove and reinstall the battery to make the camera turn off but this happens only rarely.
The users manual says if the condition occurs frequently or persists that you should contact a Nikon authorized repair center. I suggest that you contact Nikon tech support at www.nikon.com to see what they suggest. I think this information would apply to the D-80 as well.
The ERR message indicates a camera malfunction. In my D-90 manual it says that it can be cleared by releasing the shutter. The only way to do that is to turn the camera off and back on. Rarely, that won't work and you have to remove and reinstall the battery.
The manual also says that it this have frequently or persist to contact a Nikon authorized service center. I would contact Nikon tech support at www.Nikon.com and discuss the problem them before contacting an authorized service center.
Page 132 of the D80 manual states the ERR is a camera malfunction. My suggestion is to rest the camera, see if that helps you will find those instructions on page 129 in the D80 manual. Sometimes removing the batter then pressing the shutter release numerous times will free up any static buildup. If none of that works it is off to Nikon.
Are you getting a Err message? If so The ERR message is not a good thing. Read page 132 of the D80 Manual. Also, try a factory reset found on page 129 of the manual. On the left side of the camera is the terminal cover, inside below the USB connector is the reset switch. If that does not work call Nikon digital 1-800-645-6689.
I belive this isn't a fault but more to do with how you are using the camera. The r09 message is to do with the camera buffer and how many more pictures it can hold. You do have a memory card installed, right? The r09 is normally not an error, but simply an indicator of how many more pictures you can take in the current burst before the buffer fills. The number will vary according to the image quality and size settings.