Panasonic TZ6 - bug?

Discussion in 'Panasonic Lumix' started by Gary, Jun 12, 2009.

  1. Gary

    Gary Guest

    I've just bought one and all seems fine except for an annoying bug, when
    connected to the PC it perceives the SD card as write-protected, when it's
    definitely not. It's the same with various brands of SD cards of various
    capacities.

    There's an option to 'protect' photos but this isn't invoked, so I can only
    assume it's a bug or my model is faulty. I've updated the firmware to v1.1
    but it remains the same.

    I'll be interested to hear from anyone who also has a TZ6 or anyone who's
    encountered such a problem before.
     
    Gary, Jun 12, 2009
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  2. Gary

    Wayne R. Guest

    Well, the camera should arguably be the only thing writing to the
    card, right? A lot of people think the card should only be formatted
    by the camera, too, so maybe they think that's how the card should be
    cleaned up after the images are copied off. (I don't buy it but this
    is the best rationale I can come up with.)

    It's not a bug, it's a feature!
     
    Wayne R., Jun 12, 2009
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  3. Gary

    Ofnuts Guest

    Heard that with other Lumix cams. In at least one case it's fixed by
    upgrading the firmware (which is a quite simple operation).

    It is possible that this is a "feature". Being able to write/erase to
    the camera makes it a data recorder which may be subject to specific
    taxes in some countries.

    OTOH I have always used a card reader, which is much faster (and easier
    to replace when forgotten home) than a USB cable.
     
    Ofnuts, Jun 12, 2009
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  4. Gary

    Gary Guest

    A lot of people think the card should only be formatted
    by the camera, too, so maybe they think that's how the card should be
    cleaned up after the images are copied off. (I don't buy it but this
    is the best rationale I can come up with.)

    I don't know who these people are but they sound pretty stupid ;)
    Surely all are formatted the same (either FAT or FAT32 depending on the
    capacity) regardless.
    I've an FZ18 also, no such issue with that.
    Possible I suppose but it seems doubtful to me.
     
    Gary, Jun 12, 2009
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  5. Gary

    slide Guest

    by design
     
    slide, Jun 12, 2009
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  6. Gary

    Robert Coe Guest

    : Gary wrote:
    : > I've just bought one and all seems fine except for an annoying bug, when
    : > connected to the PC it perceives the SD card as write-protected, when it's
    : > definitely not. It's the same with various brands of SD cards of various
    : > capacities.
    : >
    : > There's an option to 'protect' photos but this isn't invoked, so I can only
    : > assume it's a bug or my model is faulty. I've updated the firmware to v1.1
    : > but it remains the same.
    : >
    : > I'll be interested to hear from anyone who also has a TZ6 or anyone who's
    : > encountered such a problem before.
    :
    : Heard that with other Lumix cams. In at least one case it's fixed by
    : upgrading the firmware (which is a quite simple operation).
    :
    : It is possible that this is a "feature". Being able to write/erase to
    : the camera makes it a data recorder which may be subject to specific
    : taxes in some countries.
    :
    : OTOH I have always used a card reader, which is much faster (and easier
    : to replace when forgotten home) than a USB cable.

    I was with you up to the last sentence. How are you going to use the card
    reader if you forgot your USB cable? ;^)

    Bob
     
    Robert Coe, Jun 13, 2009
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  7. Gary

    Robert Coe Guest

    : > A lot of people think the card should only be formatted
    : by the camera, too, so maybe they think that's how the card should be
    : cleaned up after the images are copied off. (I don't buy it but this
    : is the best rationale I can come up with.)
    :
    : I don't know who these people are but they sound pretty stupid ;)
    : Surely all are formatted the same (either FAT or FAT32 depending on the
    : capacity) regardless.

    Have you actually looked at a formatted card? It's not as simple as you
    evidently think. Canons, at least, create files on the card with names that
    tell them where to write their images. Maybe other manufacturers' cameras do
    that differently, and different cameras may be able to confuse each other if
    you're not careful. Formatting the card on the camera that's about to use it
    isn't always necessary, but in general it's not a bad idea.

    Bob
     
    Robert Coe, Jun 13, 2009
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  8. Gary

    Wayne R. Guest

    My card readers are built into the machines...
     
    Wayne R., Jun 13, 2009
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  9. Gary

    Ofnuts Guest

    Mine plug in directly in the machine.

    Personal experience... went for a business trip in India, after
    promising the family to make some form of photographic blog. Then found
    that I forgot the camera USB cable at home. Shouldn't have been a
    problem, because that was fairly standard mini-B plug, but came out to
    be hard to find even in a hi-tech city like Gurgaon. Eventually found
    one as part of a utility CD for a mobile phone... At the time finding a
    card reader for the Olympus-specific SmartMedia cards would have been
    quite impossible. But with recent cameras it's the opposite, most of
    them use the SD/SDHC cards for which readers are very easy to find,
    while many have specific USB connectors, or are very picky about the
    cable itself, like my Canon that misbehaves if I don't use its original
    cable.
     
    Ofnuts, Jun 13, 2009
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  10. Gary

    Joel Guest

    I didn't see or read the original message to know what the whole message
    is saying, but I guess

    - Without the card reader means transfering directly to/from camera

    - Faster? I guess it means

    a. don't have to look for the card reader

    b. the card is reader s/he is talking about is USB1. Else

    1. Most camera has USB1

    2. Unless his/her camera has USB2 and his/her card reader is USB1

    But who knows what in the mind of some person.
     
    Joel, Jun 13, 2009
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  11. Gary

    Wayne R. Guest

    Another option are the SD Plus cards from SanDisk - they "fold" to
    expose a USB plug. Very slick and brainless.

    They're really handy for cameras when you know easy transfers are
    important. I have several, and have had zero problems.

    <http://regmedia.co.uk/2008/02/01/sandisk_8gb_1.jpg>
     
    Wayne R., Jun 14, 2009
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  12. Gary

    Robert Coe Guest

    : (with clarity & insight):
    :
    : >: OTOH I have always used a card reader, which is much faster (and easier
    : >: to replace when forgotten home) than a USB cable.
    : >
    : >I was with you up to the last sentence. How are you going to use the card
    : >reader if you forgot your USB cable? ;^)
    :
    : My card readers are built into the machines...

    <chuckle!> That hits a nerve. The last time I bought a laptop, I ordered it
    with a built-in card reader. It supposedly handled virtually every known card
    type, but that turned out not to include CF cards. Guess what kind of card all
    my cameras use. :^|

    Bob
     
    Robert Coe, Jun 14, 2009
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  13. Gary

    Gary Guest

    I've no experience with Canons but in my experience with Sony and Panasonic
    cameras, they just write the usual folders.
    If the folder(s) are missing they're automatically created.
     
    Gary, Jun 14, 2009
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  14. Gary

    Wayne R. Guest

    I hear that, for sure. I've made a point over the last few years of
    purchases to aim for SD and AA. So far so good...

    Have you tried the CF-to-SD adapters? I still have an old Coolpix 950
    that's CF, and if/when I put it back in my kit (terrific for
    documenting large electronics installations), I'll want to put one of
    these adapters in it too - any experience?
     
    Wayne R., Jun 14, 2009
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