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Russell A., Camera and Video Technician
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Experience:  30 years of experience as a TV station technician gives me a unique understanding of technical equipment issues.
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Having problems with the card(s). I was shooting photos, and

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Having problems with the card(s). I was shooting photos, and my camera indicated that I was out of memory (with only 160 or so shots in RAW), so I pulled another card and the photos that I had taken with the other card were also showing it out, with or without a card in the camera, the photos will always be there. I know the camera has an internal memory, I don't think the shots were being kept on the cards. Did I do something wrong or is the camera having some issues? I have shot thousands of pictures, with not previous issues.
JA: What's the exact make and model of the camera? And can you guesstimate how old it is?
Customer: Camera is a Olympus, E510, I bought it new about 8-10 years ago.
JA: What happened right before this popped up? What troubleshooting have you tried?
Customer: No t/shooting at all, other than switching cards. Only indication I got was the camera telling me my memory was full. I probably shouldn't have, but I selected "delete" then installed another card, and changed to HQ (as opposed to RAW), and continued on with shooting--putting on >than 500 photos..
JA: Anything else you want the Camera Expert to know before I connect you?
Customer: No
Submitted: 1 month ago.
Category: Camera and Video
Expert:  Dan replied 1 month ago.

Welcome to the site! I'm Dan, and I'd be happy to help.

Just so I'm clear, is the problem that the camera is indicating that its memory is full and you aren't sure if the shots were being stored on the camera or the memory card?


Customer: replied 1 month ago.
That is part of the issue, as it appears that there is nothing on the card itself...
Expert:  Dan replied 1 month ago.

Got it. Give me just a couple minutes to type up a response.

Expert:  Dan replied 1 month ago.

Bummer, I actually need to step away from the computer for a few minutes. Thanks for your patience.

Expert:  Dan replied 1 month ago.

OK, I'm back.

I wonder if your camera is confused as to which type of memory card you're using, or perhaps the cards have lost their formatting. Have you tried reinserting the card, and then reformatting it through the camera menu? If not, let's give that a try.