I have recently bought a second hand Sony A-100 Digital SLR from Ebay. The camera functions well, but I can not save the pics onto a memory card. On inserting a CF card it says require to be formatted and on pressing yes it says cant use. I have tried the same CF card in an olympus E-500 and tried and it is working. What could be the problem. Seek help.
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Questions to ask yourself...is the card almost full of pictures? Is the card "cheap"? Is the card less than a class 4. When was the last time you formatted the card in the camera after downloading the pics from it? How are your batteries?
Press the Drive button (marked with a one-handed clock). Use left/right to select the one-handed clock. Use up/down to select the delay, then press the OK in the middle of the cursor pad. Start the self-timer by pressing the shutter release button.
Hi! I just had the same problem with my Sony A100, when I tried two different CF cards. I was getting the same error message as reported above: "Unable to use card" then "Format?" then that format fails. Thinking the camera
is broken, I checked online camera repair sites and also called Sony
directly. Sony's flat rate, and that of PrecisionCamera is $228 to fix
CF card failure. Then my daughter said, "the CF card in my room works
fine in the camera" - and lo and behold - it does. The CF card that
works is brand PQI and is marked Hi-Speed 60 2Gb. The cards that do NOT
work are marked SanDisk Ultra II 1.0Gb and SanDisk 128 Mb. So my advice
is, before you give up on the camera as broken, try a number of
different CF cards first.
The second cause of CF failure is if
someone has pushed a CF card in the wrong way. That can bend one or
more of the tiny metal contact pins in the CF socket in the camera.
Look carefully to see that all the pins are straight up. [I don't know
how one can straighten these pins, or if the whole socket would need to
be replaced...but at least you can determine the cause of the CF
I just took mine to the camera store and the woman at the counter swapped out my lens. The camera now works and the camera shake icon is gone. Try changing the lens, this worked for me and I had the same problem.
DSLR camera was not made to be used as a point and shoot camera and you cant preview the shot before taking a picture. You are to use the eye piece to focus right. Also before taking a picture, push the exposure button just a little to let the camera focus right.