We've been testing the blinks on the cards for each camera, but what about the blanks?
The story goes on a lovely day at the Summer Palace, in Beijing. I was so happy with the photos taken through the day, and suddendly "BLANK"! After pressing the shutter I saw this warning on the LCD: "Format Card"
WHAT! Damn, GX200 never let me down, it had to be there on that day! I was so sactisfied with all the day that it was quite a shock!
So I switched the card and, voilá, everything's working fine... what happened?
The conclusion was obvious, it had to be something with the card, not the camera. But it was not a good feeling after this experience... never mind.
A few weeks later I've met a Portuguese couple at Yangshuo. It was a blast finding people from my country for the first time after 3 weeks in China, but even better because the guy was a professional photographer (a very important guy, I discovered later)! So I talked about the card and he managed to recover many files from it! Wow! I tryed to do the same before, with Recuva, but the root was "lost"! That felt good! (I still don't know what software he use, but I will ask one of this days).
Anyway, the end of the story is: he just gaved me a lesson about cheap cards
... and he recomended what he uses: Sandisk Extreme III.
The Lacor was "old", ok, but falling apart after 3 (or 4?) years of use?
Now I remember testing the blinks on the Lacor, too many compared with others. Sandisk Extreme III gives me 4 blinks to record RAW+FINE, but gives more than that now, some "safe feeling"... (altough I'm crossing fingers, anyway)
Here's some examples of great results from a few recovered files: