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?
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.
- Start with the memory card: Try another and see if the problem is still there. Even though the pictures are showing on your camera, this could be the source of the problem. The pictures displayed on the camera's screen are thumbnails generated along with the main file.
- Try a different cable between the camera and computer, or a different port on the computer.
- Instead of using the camera to transfer the images, try a card reader.
- Try to display the images on your computer using a different program. The program that is trying to render the images may be corrupted. If so, install any available updates or try uninstalling and reinstalling the program.
- Test the images on a different computer. Bad RAM can scramble picture files but this usually affects jpegs split into packets for travelling over a network.
- Save the files to a different physical drive on your computer. The hard disc may be the source of the data corruption.
This same problem has plagued me for months. FINALLY I figured out what the cause was, at least in my situation. Having my printer plugged into one of the USB ports at the same time of transferring photos from camera (or SD card in card reader) is what corrupted my images. When I unplugged my printer, everything worked fine. I could use my camera with USB cable or SD card plugged directly into the reader. I knew it wasn't a problem with the SD card, my camera or my camera's USB cable because the photos transferred fine on another computer. Try systematically disconnecting other USB devices to see if that might be the issue for you --- but do it systematically, just disconnect one device, then try the camera import, until you've tried all devices. Doing it one at a time helps you know which other device is causing the conflict (if any). In your case, it might be some other problem. Good luck.
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?