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Old 09-04-03, 06:55 AM   #1
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DCIM folder, what is this?

I have noticed that in the list of folders on my CF and SD cards there is a DCIM folder, nothing in it. I also notice that on my CF cards, the ones that go in my digital camera, there is one there. I think this has to do with a camera. Ok the question I have is this. the last time I formatted my CF and SD , I did it away from the cradle, so it did not put it there. I have lots of programs on my PDA. I mean after the 100 programs, I started making folders and putting programs in there, on both the CF and the SD cards. I noticed that in the cradle it was slow. Last night I made a folder on the CF and the SD cards a DCIM folder. Now while in the cradle it works much faster when I am using explorer looking at the PDA. Got any ideas why this works the way it does or what makes it work better with those folders there, while it is synced? Thanks
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Old 09-04-03, 09:06 AM   #2
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Most cameras (maybe even all cameras) place the pictures you shoot in the DCIM folder. If there is not a DCIM folder there, the camera will create the folder when you put the CF card in the camera.
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Old 09-04-03, 01:32 PM   #3
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My camera saves all pics in a DCIM folder as well. If I delete the folder, my camera re-creates it. Sneeky camera.
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Old 09-04-03, 02:44 PM   #4
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Yup...same here. I have a Canon and it does the same. If I format the CF card and toss it back in the camera, click off some pictures that DCIM folder is back.

What exactly does DCIM stand for anyway?

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I believe it's a standard. Each camera should create the DCIM folder and then their own folder below that, eg my fuji uses 100_fuji.

DCIM Digital Camera Image... ???
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Actually, you got it right on there Swanny...

DCIM stands for Digital Camera IMages
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Old 10-13-08, 01:27 PM   #7
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Worried what if an sd cards does not hold the DCIM folder?

ok, my brother has a phone and he deleted his DCIM folder on his SD card, but, when he takes a pictures it says it made another....he takes another and it says it again, but when he plugs it into the computer, it shows no DCIM folder..... can any help?
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Old 10-13-08, 11:58 PM   #8
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Congratulations on your first post, lushanmage :approve:

Originally Posted by lushanmage
... but when he plugs it into the computer, it shows no DCIM folder..... can any help?
If the card is RAW formated the PC can't see the folders and files.
You should use a FAT format.

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Old 10-14-08, 08:20 AM   #9
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Does the cellfone have a formatting sequence in the user
menus?
Most digital cameras have a built in card formatting feature
built into the menu system-put the card back in and reformat.
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Old 07-30-10, 01:58 PM   #10
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DCIM not working

Hi there! I hope this is the right place to ask this.

I have a new home PC and can't get my camera to work on it. I keep getting unknown file extension errors when I click on the DCIM folder. Does anyone know how to fix this?
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Old 07-30-10, 04:29 PM   #11
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Congratulations on your first post, kaytonah

The DCIM folder usually contains no pictures - just a sort of administration file - which will cause an error message (unknown file extension) when clicked.

The pictures themselves are stored in subfolder(s) to the DCIM folder.
If you have succeeded to store some pictures in such a subfolder the picture files usually have a sequential number and the file extension .jpg

Click on such a jpg file and a picture will appear - provided that you have a picture program installed on your new PC.

Otherwise google for the superb Irfanview - it's free !

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Still not working - tried that

I already tried clicking on the DCIM folder, but that's when I get the error message. Already tried the Irfanview thingy, then get the error message:"DCIM is not accessible. The directory name is invalid"

Could it be my camera is not compatible with Windows 7? It is a cheap camera with the name "Vistaquest" (VQ5115).

Do I have to buy another camera, or will that have problems, too?

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It looks like you got a card format problem.
If possible I suggest that you backup your card and then format it to FAT32 on your pc.

Then take some pictures and check the card in your pc.

Good luck !

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Originally Posted by Zaniax View Post
It looks like you got a card format problem.
If possible I suggest that you backup your card and then format it to FAT32 on your pc.

Then take some pictures and check the card in your pc.

Good luck !

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What are you talking about? What card? what FAT32?
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Originally Posted by kaytonah View Post
What are you talking about? What card? what FAT32?
O_o - I'm presuming that you have a memory card installed into your camera in order to store your pictures.

If not - then I'm out of juice, sorry
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