Hang time, bang time
[written by KopiOkaya]
You must be wondering what is this ‘Hang time, bang time’ about. It started yesterday when Salnts messaged me on my mobile phone about his father’s FinePix F200EXR. What happened was his father’s camera would hang shortly after it was turned on. It never went pass the ‘Fujifilm’ start-up screen. To restart the camera, he have to remove the battery, wait for a few minutes, reinsert the battery and turn it on. But then, it would get itself hanged again after a while. His father bought the camera from MS Color less than two months ago (in October I presume). Salnts dreaded over going back to Fujifilm Service Centre because the place is out of his way from his campus in Boon Lay (he attends NTU), and also due to the previous not-so-pleasant experience he had there. But I assured him it will be fine this time.
I contacted Mr. Christopher Goh, the Service Manager of Fujifilm Singapore immediately. From our short conversation, Mr. Goh highlighted a few interesting factors. He said before you go to Fujifilm Service Centre, bang their table and claim that brand XXX compacts are much better and more reliable than Fujifilm compacts, do a quick troubleshoot yourself. This may save you a long trip to Fujifilm Building at Upper Paya Lebar Road.
Apparently, these are some of the common causes of camera hang:
- Third-party battery – some non-Fujifilm battery may cause your camera to seize. Always use original battery.
- Memory card – some memory cards may also cause your camera to hang. Use memory cards from reputable flash memory makers such as Sandisk, Toshiba and Lexar (Micron Crucial) whenever possible. By the way, never use your computer to format the memory cards. This may cause your camera to hang as well.
- Data transfer cable – Not all USB cables are made the same. Always use the cable supplied by Fujifilm. Use the wrong USB cable may cause your camera to freeze, or worse, it may damage your camera.
In Salnts’ father’s case, it was the memory card that was giving him problems. The SD card he had was an 8GB Kingston, and it was corrupted. After switching to another card, the camera works fine again. He is very happy after that.