While at the wedding on Saturday, my Kodak failed me.
I was showing a couple people who missed the ceremony the pictures. A few minutes later, I went to flip through them again. Instead of pictures of the bride and groom slipping rings on each other’s fingers, I got this message error: Unrecognized file format.
I’ll admit. I kind of panicked. The pictures were gone! In hopes of jolting my cheap SD card awake, I popped it out and popped it back in. Now, the pictures were gone completely. 165 dropped to 44.
But, I kept my head. The pictures hadn’t been deleted. Of the 900 or so pictures I can take on my card, I only had room for 775. They were still there.
At home, I nearly cried when I popped the card into my computer’s card reader and they were still no where to be found. So, I turned to the Internet. It knows everything right?
It seems like Kodak cameras are known to have this problem. I was certainly not the first to have my pictures replaced by a blank screen and an unfriendly message. I found a digital card recovery program for free. Running it got me all my pictures back with only 1 or 2 being incomplete.
A little more research tells me the problem is with Kodak’s firmware. It needs to be updated. Most people seem to report that once they update their firmware and reformat their SD cards to that firmware, the problem goes away.
So, to any Kodak owners reading this: don’t freak out if you get the error message. Your pictures are not gone!