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File numbers problem in S4

I cannot make that my Pentax Optio S4 maintains a sequence of cumulative number of file. In spite of having checked the position "Memory", whenever I erase photos begins to number from the beginning. For some reason the initial number is 048, and whenever I erase, it begins in 048. If I formated the SD Card, begins in 001.

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Re: File numbers problem in S4

Make sure the internal memeory is also cleared. You may have some old photos lurking on the internal memory. Also, try formatting the card in the camera using FAT16 (not FAT32).

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Re: File numbers problem in S4

I think you may have a defective camera - my S4 does not do this. Maybe you should reset the camera software by taking out the battery for a couple days and then try it again.

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