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Nikon DSLR Camera Error Messages

Learn to Troubleshoot Your Nikon DSLR Camera

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Few things are as frustrating as seeing an error message appear on your DSLR digital camera's LCD or electronic viewfinder. However, before you become too frustrated, take a deep breath. The advantage of an error message is that your camera is giving you clues as to the problem, which is better than no error message -- and no clues -- at all.

The six tips listed here should help you troubleshoot your Nikon DSLR camera error messages.

  1. ERR error message. If you see "ERR" on your LCD or electronic viewfinder, you likely have experienced one of three problems. First, the shutter button may not have depressed properly. Second, the camera could not capture the image using your manual exposure settings; try changing the settings or using automatic settings. Third, the Nikon camera may have experienced a start-up error. Remove the battery and memory card for at least 15 minutes and try turning on the camera again.

  2. F-- error message. Most of the time, this error message is limited to Nikon DSLR cameras, because it's related to a lens error. Specifically, the F-- error message indicates the lens and camera are not communicating. Check the lens to ensure it's locked into place. If you cannot make this particular lens work, try a different lens to see whether the F-- error message continues. You'll then know whether the problem is with the original lens or the camera.

  3. FEE error message. The FEE error message on a Nikon DSLR camera indicates that the camera cannot shoot the photo at the aperture you've selected. Turn the manual aperture ring to the highest number, which should fix the error message. You may need to allow the camera to automatically choose the aperture to shoot the photo at the proper exposure.

  4. "Information" icon error message. If you see an "i" in a circle, that is an error message that indicates one of three likely errors. First, the battery may be exhausted; try charging it. Second, the memory card may be full or locked. Look for a small toggle switch on the side of the card, and flip it to the "unlocked" position to fix the problem. Third, the camera may have detected that one of the subjects of the photo blinked as the photo was shot, allowing you to shoot the photo again.

  5. Shutter Release Error message. A Shutter Release Error message with your Nikon DSLR camera indicates a jammed shutter release. Check the shutter button for any foreign objects or any sticky grime that could be jamming the shutter button. Clean the button and try again.

  6. This Image Cannot Be Deleted error message. The image you are trying to delete has been protected through the software in the camera. You'll need to remove the protection label from the image before you can delete it.

Just remember that different models of Nikon cameras may provide a different set of error messages than is shown here. If you are seeing Nikon camera error messages that aren't listed here, check with your Nikon camera user guide for a list of other error messages specific to your model of camera.

After reading through these tips, if you still cannot solve the problem indicated by the Nikon camera error message, you may need to take the camera to a repair center. Look for a trustworthy camera repair center when trying to decide where to take your camera.

Good luck solving your Nikon DSLR camera error message problems!

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