I have a V4 and found it a very good camera until i tried to upload some photos onto my new laptop. I installed all the relevant drivers onto the copmputer and plugged the camera in.
When i tried to access the photos, the computer gave a message saying that the card was not formatted, i thought this was odd so tried uploading the photos onto the home pc, which runs windows XP, SP2, the same as the laptop, and it read the files fine.
i therefore tried formatting the card on this pc and discovered that the camera then gave a card error message so i formatted the card using the camera and it stored the photos fine. i tried using the usb cable and the inbuilt card reader on my laptop but this produced the same problem.
i then tried another card and this also acted in the same way as the first, so i'm guessing that the problem is software related but i do not know what it is!!
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Re: Uploading images to laptop
By default, Windows uses a 32bit FAT when formatting which is NOT compatible with most cameras. I'd suggest sticking to using the camera menus for formatting a card, unless the camera can't format one (then, if you must use a PC for formatting, make SURE you select FAT as the File System Type). I'd also recommending formatting again with the camera menus before using a card if you ever do need to format one with a PC.
As for your problem with the laptop seeing the card, it could be any number of things. It's more likely related to the USB drivers. Many users report intermittent problems with USB connectivity after upgrading to SP2.
A frequent solution that sometimes works is removing all devices drivers related to USB (My Computer, Properties, Hardware, Device Manager). Then, rebooting and letting Windows find and reinstall the drivers again. Sometimes, updating these drivers can work, too.
You may also be seeing a conflict between other USB devices and drivers. For example, sometimes HP Printer Monitor software conflicts with USB connectivity to other devices.
You may also want to try a different USB Port.
If all else fails, consider a Card Reader (they're very inexpensive now -- you can probably pick up a USB 2.0 card reader for around $20.00 locally). With a laptop, you may also want to consider a PCMCIA based reader.
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You should try uploading the videos or photos using any other browsers other than the browser that you are using currently. You have not told us which browser you are using right now, but I would recommend you to use Google Chrome as the browser, just because it shows a small on-screen message (bottom-left corner of the screen) saying "uploading xx%", which will really help you to understand that the files are being uploaded. If you are using Google Chrome right now, you may try uploading with IE 9 or above or Mozilla firefox. They should work fine.
Let us know, if this solution has solved your issues.
Is this a new problem - that is, did it work in the past? Are you trying to import jpeg or raw?
First thing is to see if it is iphoto or the camera that has a problem.
Try uploading the images to another computer (try a PC - not that it is better, but PC is different). If the images can be seen & read there, the images are likely fine and iphoto may need an upgrade to read the format from the finepix s1500. Alternately, try copying the photos from your memory card (use a memory card reader) to your hard disk. See if another application can see the images (even use a word processor to import image), or e-mail the image to yourself and then use your web-browser to see the image.
If the camera images can't be read by multiple computers/multiple readers, then it may be that your memory card is corrupted.
If your using a memory card card go out and buy a memory card reader. These plug into your computer and will download pictures onto your computer much faster than a USB cable attached to your camera. If all the pictures on your camera appear okay with a card reader you problem is solved.
Try a simple reboot to start . send yourself an image in email(this requires an alternate email)if this goes through it confirms you can send images over the internet. Also, try resizing your images in a photo editor, the system could be detecting images too large to upload.
Hey hapurves, Uploading your images should not remove the images from your memory card. If your images are no longer on your memory card the card has most likely been formatted. You could try connecting the memory card to your laptop with a card reader and under My Computer right click on the icon for your memory card and select open. Now you could try copying the images you want back on the memory card and pasting them into a folder on the memory card. I hope this helps! Sincerely, Allan Go Ahead. Use Us.
As you have probably noticed it is not possible to load a picture to the camera by just opening up the camera in MyComputer and dragging the files (FUJI - why?).
Connect the camera to the PC and switch it on.
Open FinePixViewer as soon as you click on one of the photos, on the right hand panel, the Image Utilization tab expands to "Save image to the camera (PTP)". Click on this to send the selected images to the camera.
One word of caution the camera only seems to be able to display the photos it took. Downloading a JPG from the web resulted in my camera locking up with READ ERROR. No help in the manual but I was able to recover by using FinePixViewer to delete the offending JPG from the camera. In fact I backed up and deleted all the stored photos to my PC. I then deleted the new one and reloaded them back to the camera. Once again thank you FUJI (but I must add a fantastic little camera).