Monday, September 10, 2007

Camera Issues

Okay, this is hard to explain. It seems that whenever a use my camera to take pictures a lot, it sometimes has trouble with the memory.

Let me explain: After about 5 days of taking a lot of pictures, (it may also have to do with temperature or humidity, I'm not sure,) the camera will sometimes flip into a "third memory". It's hard to explain, but I've taken about 20 pictures in this "third memory", and they aren't accessible from my memory card, the internal memory, or the computer, yet they still show up on the camera, and I can treat them like normal pictures if they show up.

The first time it happened, I was at summer camp, and around day 4 or 5, I took out my camera to take a picture, and I noticed that it said I had about 30 pictures left. This confused me, because the day before it had said about 400 pictures left. I figured it was just having troubles, so I took about 15 pictures, (not all at once, it continued to do this through the rest of the week.) So, I got home and transferred the pictures, but I couldn't find those 15 or so "third memory" pictures, so I checked the card memory and the internal memory, and they weren't there. I wasn't able to find these pictures until the next month, when I went on a mission trip. On the 5th day, the "third memory" showed up again. I was happy to see my pictures again, and I took a few more pictures, but then for the rest of the week I couldn't find them again. I haven't been able to replicate it since.

As far as I know, I haven't changed any settings or anything like that since this started happening, although when it happened the first time, it was in my pocket all day, every day for the 3 or 4 days before it. The second time, it was in my pocket while I was working for 4 days, and then the camera had been sitting in my pocket in the sun for a few hours. Both of these times, I had taken about 50 pictures before it happened.

I know this sounds really weird, but it's true, and I really want those pictures back! (For those of you that went to camp with me, the pictures I lost were the ones of the mole!!)

Does anyone else also experience this problem?


Matt said...

That is weird. Our old Kodak digital camera has acted up due to humidity and temperature before, but not like that. That's very odd.

A couple of questions: what brand is your camera? What are you using to import pictures to your computer? Have you tried looking on the memory card in hidden folders?

Gollum999 said...

The camera is an HP Photosmart E317, It uses USB, and I just tried, there's nothing.

Mercedes said...

Have you tried using the camera to read the memory card? My sister's el cheapo digital camera sometimes makes two drives on the card (two partitions, to be exact and 1337 =]). You might also want to check the drive manager (Control Panel->Administrative Tools->Computer Management, choose something like Disk Manager in the sidebar) to see if there's unformatted space on the card (although that'd be weird if your camera was using it).

Gollum999 said...

Wow, nice to see that someone other than Matt reads my blog!

This was a while ago, but I'll try to remember.

I've tried using the camera, but the only time I've been able to find the files is while I'm at camp/mission trip. I remember not being able to find the pictures, (between camp and the mission trip,) but then I went on the mission trip. I ended up finding the pictures again, and I ended up taking more pictures that were added to the originals.

Haven't tried your second suggestion yet, and that's a nice idea; I'll try to remember that next time I transfer my pictures.

I did just come up with something, next time I can find the pictures (next summer camp or mission trip, perhaps) I'll try to transfer them to the card, if the problem is with the camera. I don't know, maybe that would work.

Oh well. I've pretty much given up on them anyway.