Protecting Images

You can protect important images from being accidentally erased.


  • If you format the card (), the protected images will also be erased.


  • Once an image is protected, it cannot be erased by the camera's erase function. To erase a protected image, you must first cancel the protection.
  • If you erase all the images (), only the protected images will remain. This is convenient when you want to erase all unneeded images at once.

Protecting Individual Images via the Menu

  1. Select [Playback: Protect images].

  2. Select [Select images].

  3. Select the image to protect.

    • Turn the Quick control dial 1 dial to select an image to protect.
  4. Protect the image.

    • Press SET to protect the selected image, after which it will be labeled with a [Protect] icon (1) at the top of the screen.
    • To cancel protection and clear the [Protect] icon, press SET again.
    • To protect another image, repeat steps 3 and 4.


  • During playback, you can protect images by pressing the RATE/Voice memo button ().

Specifying the Range of Images to Protect

While looking at the images in the index display, you can specify the first and last images for a range to protect all the specified images at once.

  1. Select [Select range].

    • Select [Select range] in [Playback: Protect images].
  2. Specify the range of images.

    • Select the first image (start point).
    • Next, select the last image (end point). The images in the specified range will be protected and the [Protect] icon will appear.
    • To select another image to protect, repeat step 2.

Protecting All Images in a Folder or on a Card

You can protect all the images in a folder or on a card at once.

  • When you select [All images in folder] or [All images on card] in [Playback: Protect images], all the images in the folder or on the card will be protected.
  • To cancel protection, select [Unprotect all images in folder] or [Unprotect all images on card].
  • If the search conditions are set with [Playback: Set image search conditions] (), the display will change to [All found images] and [Unprotect all found].
  • If you select [All found images], all the images filtered by the search conditions will be protected.
  • If you select [Unprotect all found], the protection of all the filtered images will be canceled.


  • Protecting or unprotecting images by selecting [All images on card] or [Unprotect all images on card] applies to the card selected in [Set-up: Record func+card/folder sel.] (in either [Stills Record/play]/[Movie Record/play] or [Stills Play]/[Movie Play]).