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Digital camera released April, 2014. The Lumix contains a 14.1 Megapixel with 24 mm ultra-wide angle lens.

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Camera operating incredibly slowly

My Lumix DMC-ZS19 had worked great. Now it is operating very slowly: When I take a picture, the lens now stays open for a couple of minutes while it says it is “writing.” Even worse is when I try to playback-it takes forever to open (it just keeps saying “please wait”). These problems, especially latter, developed progressively, to the point where I now can’t play back or date stamp photos. The battery is charged. Please note: I did take over 600 photos on a recent trip (which are still on the 16GB memory card. Any thoughts?

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Stick that memory card into your computer. Watch how long it takes the computer to 'map' the drive. I'll bet, thats the problem ! The larger the card, the slower it becomes.

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Thanks. Camera is back to working OK now.

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Hi Jonathan,

It sounds like a memory card issue and the camera is having trouble reading/writing to it. If this is a card you have used and erased many times, it could be that the memory card has degraded and requires replacement.

  • Try emptying out the memory card.
  • Try formatting the memory card.

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Thanks much. I will try this (but how does one format the memory card?).

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Make sure you back up your photos, as everything on the card will be erased. You can format the card in-camera by doing this:

1. Push the playback/record switch into record mode.

2. Press the menu button.

3. Look for [SETUP]. Press the menu button to enter it.

4. There should be 4-5 pages of options. Near the 5th page there should be a [FORMAT] option. Press the menu button to select it.

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Wait.. wait... Not so fast... Read the comment earlier...

Stick that memory card into your computer. Watch how long it takes the computer to 'map' the drive. I'll bet, thats the problem ! The larger the card, the slower it becomes.

If the computer shows a error message, DO NOT "fix the problems". DO NOT try to view all the pics. Drag & drop the entire SD to your HD. Any bad files encountered, must be ignored. Those pictures are lost.

You might try the SD on another computer,,,, sometimes that works !

I recommend a new SD card. Should you choose, format the old card in-the-camera, NOT in the computer. Contrary to popular beliefs, camera formats are not all the same. You may end up here again.

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Hope you didn't lose any/many snaps .....

I always tell people, buy two 8G, two 4G, two 2g, and two extra batteries.

( keyword is TWO )

One large SD card is never enough.

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Jonathan Menn wird auf ewig dankbar sein.
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