Solved – ‘Unable to display images’ Error in Sony Camera

Consider a situation where you are trying to view images on your Sony camera. Some pictures open just fine while some others throw an error ‘Unable to display images’ when you click on them.

If you are someone facing this kind of situation, this article will help you as we provide some helpful solutions to resolve the error.

Reasons for the error ‘Unable to display images’ in Sony camera

Listed below are some of the possible reasons for the error and some measures you can take to avoid such errors in future.

  • Corruption in memory card

Corruption in the memory card can happen due to various reasons such as yanking out the camera or the device which contains SD card from your computer without using safely remove hardware. Along with this, there are also other reasons for corruption such as connecting your SD card to a virus infected system or using the same SD card on multiple cameras or devices.

  • Physical damage to the camera or memory card

This is pretty self-explanatory, but generally dropping or shaking the camera can sometimes cause physical damage to the device. As a result, you may encounter errors.

  • Dealing with images taken on a different camera 

Like said before, this error is produced when you are trying to view images. So, if the images you are trying to view are taken on another camera or edited on a computer, they may not behave very well with your current Sony camera as a result of which you may be receiving errors. In this case, try copying them to your computer and use the images.

How to resolve the error ‘Unable to display images’ in Sony cameras?

Now that you have a fair idea of the possible reasons for the error, let us move on to the solution part, which is to format your SD card.

But before you format, make sure you have a backup of the photos and verify that they are accessible. If not, you can use recovery tools such as Yodot Software and recover those images prior to formatting. Yodot is an excellent data recovery program to recover images from your SD cards and help you resolve errors such as ‘Unable to display images’, ‘unable to read memory card, please reinsert it’ etc.

Once you have the images you need, proceed with formatting your card to resolve the error. The following steps explain the formatting process on Sony cameras.

Note: Please note that the steps may vary depending on the model of your camera. 

  1. Click on the Menu button and select Setup
  2. Then select Format to format the card
  3. You will be warned that all data will be deleted if you format the card. Click on Yes to proceed with formatting. Once the process is done, you will have a newly initialized card, hopefully with the error resolved.

Formatting the card will resolve the error in most cases except when the card is physically damaged in which case you may have to replace the card. But as they say, precaution is always better than cure, so always be careful while handling cameras or other devices in which your SD card is stored. Also, make sure you format the SD card only in the camera you are going to use it with and not on the computer. This is because each camera handles file systems differently and you don’t want to mess with it. These simple measures can help you avoid errors and keep your photos safe.