I have had my Nikon for around three months, and it was fine for the first month or so, but now whenever I download my pics from camera to computer, a number of the photos do not turn out properly. Quite often only about a quarter or half of the actual photo is shown, the rest is just grey.. To begin with it was only one or two pics, but now it is as many as 15 out 75 shots- which mightn't sound much but is terribly frustrating when I cannot use good pictures! They look fine on the camera itself, but on the computer they are completely wrecked.. I have tried using the Nikon program to transfer the pics, as well as copy and pasting directly into a files and neither fixes the problem.. Does anyone have any ideas what is wrong?
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The data stream is being corrupted at some point in the transfer process. Once the corrupted data is encountered by the program rendering the photo on your computer, the rest of the file can't be read correctly. There are recovery programs that can reclaim most of the greyed out data. But what you really want to do is determine where the files are being corrupted so that you can prevent it in the future.
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Try using a card (a good one, Belkin or Sandisk) to read from the memory card. Maybe sometimes the transfer is borked. Don't have to buy a card reader, ask your friends if they can loan you one to see if it works. Since you say the camera shows it properly I guess the problem could like in the transfer.
Q: If you open the pictures in a program like paint or Lightroom is the picture grey as well?