did not ejecting ruin my camera?

in macOS edited January 2014
I was using my sisters camera to upload some pictures I took into iPhoto on my Macbook. I pulled the USB chord out, forgetting to press the eject symbol before doing so. Noone used the camera for about a week as far as I know, but when my sister tried to use it it would not turn on anymore. She claims she put new batteries into it. Is it possible for the camera to become damaged by disconnecting it from the computer before pressing eject? I was not transferring data at the time, so I assume that nothing really bad could happen, but nothing is impossible I guess....


  • Reply 1 of 4
    kickahakickaha Posts: 8,760member
    It certainly *shouldn't* have caused any damage. Worst case, it would have corrupted data on the storage. Reformatting would take care of that though.

    If it's not turning on, I'd look to other issues. My camera, for instance, has to be in Playback mode to connect to the computer. Any chance she doesn't realize it has to be put into a Capture mode to take pictures? Also, a previous camera had a Transfer mode just for connecting to a computer. If it was turned on in that mode, it seemed to do nothing at all. Maybe she should check the setting?
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    ebbyebby Posts: 3,110member
    As stated, the worst that could happen is data corruption. A reformat would solve that.

    A short through USB is also unlikely, as it would fry the USB circuitry and your camera would have a bum USB port. If the settings are right, I would double check the batteries. (Make sure they are plugged in correctly) or look for a hidden reset button. I just bought a new camera and it was near the SD card. Yours is most certainly different so read the manual.
  • Reply 3 of 4
    there is no way that pulling out the camera could damage it.
  • Reply 4 of 4
    I've had the same thing happen to me a few times with my Olympus. The camera just thinks that it is still plugged into the computer downloading pics. The first time this happened to me, I switched batteries too thinking that was the issue but it still would never respond. So I back-tracked and found that the easiest way fix this, is to plug it back into the computer and then use the eject button on the computer (even if its on a different machine than you had it plugged into the first time). This will allow the camera to "stop downloading" and be used to take pictures again.
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