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Old Dec 17, 2008, 12:27 PM   #1
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Hi,
I sold my Lumix FZ-20 to a friend and she bought a 4G cards for it and it won't work, but works fine in my new Panasonic...is there a fix for this and how large of a card will it take...
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Old Dec 17, 2008, 8:03 PM   #2
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When it was introduced in 2004, and when reviewed on Steve's, the maximum size memory card available was 1GB! Then came cards of 2GB and4GB,etc, which I think now expands upto 32GB.

Cardsof 4GB and above are HC (High Capacity) cards and need a HC reader. The new cameras support these, but the old ones won't. You may use SD cards(available upto 4GB) in FZ20. Even micro-SD cards, meant for use with mobile phones,with adapter, will work as long as they are SD and not SDHC.
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You may use SD cards (available upto 4GB) in FZ20
Yes, you may only use SD cards in the FZ20 but only up to 2GB. Larger SD cards exist but they are nonstandard and will not work in any Panasonic camera.

(And don't use TIFF mode with 2GB cards. It's a waste of time and space IMHO but there is a bug in the FZ20 that messes up TIFF files on 2GB cards.)

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Dick is correct at least with my FZ20
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Dick is correct at least with my FZ20
Ditto!
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You may use SD cards (available upto 4GB) in FZ20
Yes, you may only use SD cards in the FZ20 but only up to 2GB. Larger SD cards exist but they are nonstandard and will not work in any Panasonic camera.

I'm sure the 2 GB maximum is valid in models up to a certain date, but saying anything above 2GB won't work in ANY Panasonic camera is going a bit far when "any" includesnewer Panasonicmodels. I have used 4GB cards in my FZ50 andam currently usinga Lexar8GB SDHC133xcard in an FZ28.
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I'm sure the 2 GB maximum is valid in models up to a certain date, but saying anything above 2GB won't work in ANY Panasonic camera is going a bit far when 'any' includesnewer Panasonicmodels. I have used 4GB cards in my FZ50 andam currently usinga Lexar8GB SDHC133xcard in an FZ28.
I am saying that SD (not SDHC) cards above 2GB will not work in any Panasonic camera (nor most other camera brands as well, though there are some exceptions).

SDHC cards must adhere to the SD 2.0 standard which (currently) defines capacities from 4GB to 32GB. The earlier SD cards were supposed to adhere to the SD 1.0 standard which defined capacities from 4MB to 1GB but extended to 2GB in the 1.1 standard.

So if anyone says that s/he is using a 4GB SD card (or larger) in a Panasonic camera, it has to be an SDHC card.

Googling 'sd memory card specification' will return, among others, the following links:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Secure_Digital_card
http://www.sdcard.org/consumers/cards
http://www.steves-digicams.com/flash_memory.html#sd
http://findarticles.com/p/articles/m...0/ai_n26790248

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Yes the 2 gig is the FZ20 is it. I just encountered the same problem with tiffs and a kind friend wrote me a Mac terminal script to fix it since I couldn't run Windows' Irfanview and do 'swap colors rgb to brg.' That still left the slices to move anyway.

I also emailed Lemke Graphic Converter and he put the fix in version 6.4.2. Open the program, go to file/convert and modify, navigate to the image in the left window, choose function/fix Lumix FZ20 2 gigabyte tifs in the dropdown and click go. I imagine if you select all the images and click go it will batch them.

Here's the terminal script. It needs to be put in a plain text document named 'fixtiff.sh'.

for FILE in "[email protected]"
do
echo "Fixing file $FILE"
dd if=$FILE of=1 bs=16384 count=1
dd if=$FILE of=2 bs=16384 skip=2
cat 1 2 > temp/$FILE
rm 1 2
done


Then follow these instructions:

1. Make a NEW folder called "PhotosFix" or something friendly on your Desktop. If you name it something different, be sure and use the new name in each step below.

2. Put the "fixtiff.sh" file into the "PhotosFix" folder above.

3. COPY (copy, not move!) all your photos into the "PhotosFix" folder as well

4. Open Terminal. After each command below, hit enter. I've added space to make it clear which part is the UNIX command.

5. Type cd ~/Desktop/PhotosFix (changes to your home folder)

6. Type mkdir ~/Desktop/PhotosFix/temp (makes a TEMP folder - where the fixed files will be)

7. Type chmod +x fixtiff.sh (makes the script "run-able")

8. Type ls *.TIF > list.txt (makes a list of all your TIF files in list.txt)

On my computer I needed to do an 8b. Type bash (had a different shell than the creator)

9. Type for tiffimage in $(<./list.txt); do ./fixtiff.sh $tiffimage; done (does the conversion!)

Step #9 is where the work begins. What it does is run the fixtiff.sh script on every file in the list.txt list that is made in Step 8. The script itself takes the first part of the file, skips the 16k of garbage, and then adds the rest of the file.

Some important notes:

1. There cannot be ANY spaces in the file names. None at all!

2. Files MUST have a .TIF extension on them. (the ones you sent both did)

3. All the "fixed" images will be in your /Desktop/PhotosFix/temp folder

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Yes the 2 gig is the FZ20 is it. I just encountered the same problem with tiffs and a kind friend wrote me a Mac terminal script to fix it since I couldn't run Windows' Irfanview and do 'swap colors rgb to brg.' That still left the slices to move anyway.

I also emailed Lemke Graphic Converter and he put the fix in version 6.4.2. Open the program, go to file/convert and modify, navigate to the image in the left window, choose function/fix Lumix FZ20 2 gigabyte tifs in the dropdown and click go. I imagine if you select all the images and click go it will batch them.

Here's the terminal script. It needs to be put in a plain text document named 'fixtiff.sh'.

for FILE in "[email protected]"
do
echo "Fixing file $FILE"
dd if=$FILE of=1 bs=16384 count=1
dd if=$FILE of=2 bs=16384 skip=2
cat 1 2 > temp/$FILE
rm 1 2
done


Then follow these instructions:

1. Make a NEW folder called "PhotosFix" or something friendly on your Desktop. If you name it something different, be sure and use the new name in each step below.

2. Put the "fixtiff.sh" file into the "PhotosFix" folder above.

3. COPY (copy, not move!) all your photos into the "PhotosFix" folder as well

4. Open Terminal. After each command below, hit enter. I've added space to make it clear which part is the UNIX command.

5. Type cd ~/Desktop/PhotosFix (changes to your home folder)

6. Type mkdir ~/Desktop/PhotosFix/temp (makes a TEMP folder - where the fixed files will be)

7. Type chmod +x fixtiff.sh (makes the script "run-able")

8. Type ls *.TIF > list.txt (makes a list of all your TIF files in list.txt)

On my computer I needed to do an 8b. Type bash (had a different shell than the creator)

9. Type for tiffimage in $(<./list.txt); do ./fixtiff.sh $tiffimage; done (does the conversion!)

Step #9 is where the work begins. What it does is run the fixtiff.sh script on every file in the list.txt list that is made in Step 8. The script itself takes the first part of the file, skips the 16k of garbage, and then adds the rest of the file.

Some important notes:

1. There cannot be ANY spaces in the file names. None at all!

2. Files MUST have a .TIF extension on them. (the ones you sent both did)

3. All the "fixed" images will be in your /Desktop/PhotosFix/temp folder

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