The SD card will not stay in the camera. It should click into place so I can shut the card cover and it is impossible to do that. The card works when I can manage to hold the card in and quickly shut the cover, but as I said that has gotten just about impossible. Is this likely a card problem or a camera malfunction and if it is where should I send it to be fixed?
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there might b sd card mounting problem.. try using ur sd card in any other device and see if it works.. if it does not, there is little u can do. apps are avaiable on android market to resolve sd card problems and revover data. however, if it works fine in other device and only shows problem wid the cam, it might b that the device does not support the sd card, ie. the storage capacity is too large to be mounted by the device-.
Are you sure you are using the correct memory stick?
Most cameras use SD cards, but Sony uses Memory stick Duo pro.
Make sure you have the right memory, because not all Memory sticks are compatible and not all can be user for both, stills and video.
If you have the right card, make sure you only put it in like described in the manual. If you try to put it in, the wrong way around, toy could damage the camera. (most likely you will bend the contact points inside the memory card holder) and if you already did, it could be almost impossible to get that right, without sending in the camera to a Sony service centre.
For memory card use, see page 276 and 277 of the (english) manual. The manual can be found online.
is the lock on the card by chance. also depending on how old the camera is and how big the sd card is in gb. the lumix may not be able to handle that size of card, too many gb. My lumix would only accept up to 4 gb, so when I moved to 16 they did not work.
this is all i could think off just to help you out in till you can get it fixed.
I don't have a permanent fix, but one thing that works is folding up a small piece of paper and holding it over the memory card while closing the cover so that the cover pushes on the paper which holds the memory card in place automatically when the cover is closed. You just have to experiment to get the folded paper the right size and thickness. Again, its not a fix, but it has worked for me.
I shone a really bright light into the SD slot and sure enough, behind the gold springs at the bottom of the card slot, was a tiny black sliver of plastic that moved slightly when I tipped the camera. About 3mm long.
I removed the camera battery. Then I got a big long sewing needle, and with some very gentle manouvering, so as not to scratch anything inside the camera's SD slot, it fell out just when I was about to give up.
After I'd got the plastic sliver out, I trimmed the splintered edge of the SD card and put it back in
this is not to say it will work for you but give it a try but this will be at your own risk.
Perform the following procedures when your digital camera does not detect the SD card.
1. Restart the camera
Turn the main power OFF, or open the battery cover or SD card/battery cover to remove the battery. Make sure the SD card is fully installed. Then, turn the main power ON, or insert a battery again and close the battery cover or SD card/battery cover until it latches.
2. Initialize the SD card
Format the SD card with your camera.
Formatting procedures varies depending on the camera model. See the Camera User Guide supplied with your camera for the instruction to format the SD card.
When formatting the SD card, slide its tab upward to cancel write protection.
It is impossible to format the SD card while it is write protected.
3. Check if your camera detects other SD cards (If you own multiple SD cards.)
If your camera does not detect the SD card after performing the procedures 1 and 2, check if the camera detects other SD cards.
If it does detect other SD cards, the SD card that wasn't detected may contain some problem.