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What went wrong with my D7000 while shooting video?

urgetodrive

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urgetodrive Registered since 08th Jan 2012
Sun 08-Jan-12 10:22 PM | edited Sun 08-Jan-12 11:12 PM by urgetodrive

I've had my D7000 a couple months now and taken 3-4000 shots. Recently I started using it to take some video and all was well until today.

While shooting a video, it literally just 'froze' and refused to do anything. Switching it off...no effect. I popped the battery for a few seconds and the camera started up again. I noticed the "ERR" flashing on top display after switching the camera back on. I'd click the shutter release button a time or two and "ERR" would disappear.

However, each time I tried to resume shooting the video, same thing would occur (i.e., the green "Info" light would go nuts and then everything would freeze). I must have popped the battery 3 times. In the middle of all of this, there were 3 or 4 segments where I could shoot 5-10 seconds of video before it would stop recording (but not freeze).

Finally, I gave up with the video and tried shooting stills. The shutter would release and I would get an image preview on the LCD however, after importing the files to my computer - none of said stills were on the card. In addition, many of the video segments were of an "unknown format" - no doubt corrupted by whatever was going on and/or the yanking of the battery.

Some additional items:
- Shot video 30 minutes earlier without any issues whatsoever. To the best of my knowledge, no setting changes were made.
- Camera was in P mode.
- Battery was about 31% charged.
- Nikkor 18-200mm VRII lens.
- Sunny and about 80dF outside in a beach setting.
- Camera is set to AF on Faces in Movie-mode. However, it was having a heck of time focusing at all (the little yellow boxes rarely were showing up). There was a large crowd and the main subject was a sea turtle (lol).
- I was manually zooming the lens in/out.
- I have 2 identical 16GB Class 10 memory cards inserted and configured to be duplicates. The cards had maybe 30 stills and 1-2 mins worth of video - so basically empty.

What happened? Card failure? Camera failure? Battery issue? User failure?

Many thanks in advance!

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