Does anyone have any experience using memory cards that are not mentioned in the D50 user manual? The 2 Gig Scan Disk is on sale at my local COSTCO, but according to the D50 manual, nothing larger than a 1 gig is recommeded. Any thougths?
I use an A-Data 60x 1gb that works fine as well as a 1gb SanDisk Ultra 2 that also works fine. I briefly had an A-Data 150x 1gb that did not work - but I suspect it was a bad card itself and not necessarily a compatibility issue - that being said - I won't be buying anymore A-Data sd card regardless.
I had just ordered a 2gb 130x High Speed card when I read your post so I called Nikon Tech Support. They said the 2gb card would format and should work fine but they couldn't gaurantee it since they had not tested the particular brand that I had purchased.
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John, your query appears to have generated a response on the Europe support website as follows:
"The maximum memory card storage capacity can depend on the type of formatting a digital camera uses. When a memory card is formatted it's storage space is completely re-set, this process of formatting the memory deletes all pictures on the card. Memory cards supplied with Nikon digital cameras should be formatted in camera before they are used for the first time, the formatting standard used by Nikon digital cameras is called FAT, which stands for 'file allocation table' and is used to organise the memory so it can be read by camera and computer.
All Nikon digital cameras are compatible with the most popular and common formatting method for memory cards - FAT16, this limits the cameras maximum usable capacity of a memory card to 2GB, if larger capacity memory cards than 2GB are used then only 2GB will be available for use. A newer file formatting standard is now available called FAT32 which allows the use of larger memory cards with capacities larger than 2GB. The Nikon D2 series, D100, D70, D70s, COOLPIX 8800, COOLPIX 8700 and COOLPIX 8400 support both FAT16 and FAT32. Using a memory card formatted as FAT32 in a camera that only supports FAT16 will result in the camera displaying an error message such as 'CHA' or 'This card cannot be used'."
I'd be surprised if the D50 does not support FAT32 bearing in mind that is is only 6 months or so old and supports USB2.0 at full speed and has SD cards. Having said that I can't find anything immediately to hand that confirms the file format.
I just had a Lexar 512MB card fail in our brand-new D50 with the mentioned error code. Lexar's recovery software was not able to extract anything off the card, as it is no longer recognized as a .dmg. I only lost around 88 images, but I surely will not buy any larger card, for exactly this reason. I'd rather loose out on a few shoots while changing cards.
>I just had a Lexar 512MB card fail in our brand-new D50 with >the mentioned error code. Lexar's recovery software was not >able to extract anything off the card, as it is no longer >recognized as a .dmg. I only lost around 88 images, but I >surely will not buy any larger card, for exactly this >reason. I'd rather loose out on a few shoots while changing >cards.
Interesting. With 88 images on a 512MB card I guess you were shooting JPEG medium or something. Sounds like just bad luck to me. I use a 1GB no name card because that gives me about what I use max in a day. If I loose them well I'll be pissed off but that's life and the sun will still rise tomorrow. We could also have our cameras stolen, drop them (and the card) into a river, get run over by a bus on the way home or have a hard drive crash after we transfer and delete the images so I wouldn't spend too much time worrying about such a minor thing. Better luck with your next card.