Some images on my digital camera don't show

I have a Casio Exilim digital camera, model EX-Z77

Lately, when reviewing pictures taken, now and then there is one with the “This file cannot be played” message, but no image.

Googling, I find a couple of forums where somebody else posted this same question, but no answer was given.

When I copy these to my computer, they show up OK, so why can’t they be viewed on the camera screen? Any way to correct this?

And while I’m at it, is there any way to copy a .jpg pic from my computer to the memory card of my camera? I’ve tried it a couple of times with no luck.

The most likely cause is corruption on your camera’s memory card. That could be for any number of reasons, but the quickest solution is to format your memory card by using the camera’s menu system to find the “format” selection. I reformat my card every 2-3 times I use the camera, it’s a simple task that cleans up cruft from time to time.

You probably successfully transferred the image to the card, but it’s not using the correct naming convention for the camera to display. You have to take a look at the naming convention of the pictures that you normally take and put the file on the card with the same naming convention. A few odd files copied this way could actually be the cause of images not displaying.

NEVER format your memory card from the computer, always use the camera. Never delete images using your computer, always use your camera to do so.

I’m not sure exactly what your problem is, but I lost a bunch of images on a compact flash memory card from my travels in South America. Ten years later, I recovered quite a few of the photos using CardRecovery software.

The software is $40, but there is a free trial version that lets you view thumbnails of recovered photos. It was worth it to me to recover the photos, and the software works quite well.

There are also many free image recovery programs that can help, but it sounds like the OP hasn’t lost any images. The only problem is that a few aren’t displaying on the camera. That is most likely due to either card corruption or bad image files on the card.

Exactly. In my OP I did say the images were there. I can see them when using Windows Explorer and clicking on them, either in the camera directly, or when I copy them to the computer.

The only problem is that when viewing on the camera, there is no image, just the statement I wrote about. OK, so thanks, I will reformat the card, and if it still has problems, get a new one.

Does anybody know if it is possible to copy pictures **from **the computer **to **the card and have the camera be able to view them???

In my experience if you modify an image in any way using the computer, then the camera won’t display it. I suspect this is the cause of the behavior described in the OP.

I have no idea if it is possible to put images on a card from the computer and have the camera display them. I suspect that there are tools to do this, but it is likely specific to camera manufacturer or even camera model.

If you haven’t altered the images in any way (ie, resizing, retouching or converted to anything other than a JPEG) you should have no problem, as long as you copy them to the folder on the card, not just to the card itself. I just copied an untouched file (JPEG) a resized file (JPEG) and a resized TIFF file from my computer to a CF card. Only the untouched file was readable. (This was on a Canon 5D DSLR.)

However, you may not be able to do it unless you’re using a card reader, which your computer should recognize as a separate drive.

It depends on the camera. The naming convention may trip up the camera, also the size of the image could cause problems. You should be able to write to the card on the camera when the camera is connected to the computer but that can be problematic for a variety of reasons. You’re best bet is to use the software that came with the camera, but that’s no guarantee. Using a card reader is generally the easiest and most efficient way to copy images to and from the computer.

Which is why I specifically mentioned NOT altering the image in any way, as well as using a card reader.

I was mostly agreeing with you. :slight_smile: But different cameras have different naming conventions. If the picture he wants to put on the camera wasn’t taken by that camera, the given name might not work. I don’t think the OP ever said they were images originally taken with the same camera.

I believe your camera has a self porn regulator.

The attributes of the pictures are changed so that it doesn’t show up in your Casio Exilim digital camera, you need a photo recovery tool which can repair your pictures and then you will be able to view them on the camera using Recovery Fix for windows photo recovery software for the same purpose.

Doing occasional low-level formats of the memory card is a good idea.

My Canon T2i won’t do video worth a flip unless it’s recording to a recently low-level formatted card. Apparently deleting images and later overwriting them takes a lot more overhead than just writing to blank space, and that overhead will slow writing to the card enough to the point where the buffer will fill and recording will stop.

Also, there are quirks in JPEG files- the ones recorded on a particular camera may not display right if put on the card for another camera. I haven’t had any problems copying photos from the same camera onto its card and displaying it on the LCD.

You aren’t viewing the pictures on your computer and then trying to view them on your camera are you?

If you view the pictures on the computer and rotate them, they will no longer be able to be viewed on the camera.

If you aren’t doing this, then it’s a different problem.

I think your memory card has been corrupted. If you have formatted your camera’s memory card in computer then camera won’t recognize memory card and does not allow you to access the images from that memory card. I have used digital camera photo recovery tool to recover lost images from my memory card. This software supports different types of memory cards like SD cards, MMC, XD cards, CF cards etc. First, you can download free demo version, where you can preview recovered photos. If you find your lost photos then you can use full version of this software to save recovered photos.

On my Canon, when I remove the memory card and install it in my computer, it can never read the first photo. It shows an icon and name for the photo, but no thumb, and when transfered anyplace, is read as an incorrect file. It has always done that.

For years now, after taking photos off the card, I delete all but the first one (the damaged one), and reinstall in the camera. I always have the photos I took later on and just that one corrupted image that I leave on the card so none of my new photos are bad.