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I've got a Nikon Coolpix S3100 that is now showing:

File contains no image data

when I try to view some of the photos on the SD card from the camera. Viewing the photos on the computer shows the images just fine, and the other photos on the card appear OK so I'm 100% sure that the card isn't corrupted in any way.

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A little research has revealed the cause of this problem.

The problem was only affecting those photos taken in portrait mode that had also been rotated on the computer to make them easier to view. By mistake I'd rotated them on the SD card rather than copy them first and rotate the copy (which I normally do). The Coolpix doesn't seem to store orientation data (reading the EXIF data shows "Normal" for the orientation regardless of the actual orientation of the photo) and it must look at the dimensions of the image and expect them to be particular values.

Rotating the image back to "landscape" makes it viewable on the camera again.

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Where you get the "File contains no Image data" after viewing files on your PC is generally down to various viewer and edit programs ADDING information to the original file. A simple test to see if it is the SD card that is corrupted is to put it into your PC and see if you can read all the files. If you can then the SD card if fine.

Microsoft Photo Viewer adds "Padding" information to various sections of the original JPEG file to allow for Metadata data such as Ratings, Tags, Descriptions etc to be added without having to rewrite the whole file. Unfortunately this action by MS then means that you cannot view the file on your camera !! A simple question if we wanted the Metadata to be added prior to saving would have saved us all a lot of time and frustration.

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Didn't you read my answer? The SD card was not corrupt. The problem was that the image had been rotated. – ChrisF Dec 29 '13 at 12:11
@ChrisF - This answer looks like a valid answer to your question, IMO. I even upvoted it for additional information besides just the rotating of images in Microsoft viewer. – Esa Paulasto Dec 29 '13 at 12:38
@EsaPaulasto - I explicitly mentioned in the question that the SD card wasn't corrupt, so including that in the answer isn't helpful or useful. I admit the point about the PC editors adding information might be the cause (but actually wasn't), so if the corruption part was edited out this would make a better answer. – ChrisF Dec 29 '13 at 14:17
@ChrisF - It may not be helpful to you in this particular case. There are other readers of this question and answers whom might find it useful to have a simple and quick test for possible data corruption. People use Google when they get these camera error messages, and then come here to read the answers. That's why it is good to have it included in the answer, it does no harm really. – Esa Paulasto Dec 29 '13 at 14:23
@EsaPaulasto - I disagree - it potentially sends people off in the wrong direction, formatting cards or even replacing them when that wasn't the problem. Anyway - enough discussion. – ChrisF Dec 29 '13 at 14:27

i have also faced this problem there is no issue with camera in my side problem SD card corrupted please change your card and check again maybe same problem with you...

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No. The card is definitely not corrupted. All the photos read fine on the computer and the landscape ones are completed unaffected. – ChrisF Jun 4 '12 at 11:52
when i face this problem my card work perfect after format but that time problem with card... – Cool Guy Jun 4 '12 at 11:59

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