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Sandisk 1gb SD card actually 3.86gb??

by OttsD / September 20, 2007 8:43 AM PDT

Yesterday, I got a new digital camera (Sealife Ecoshot). I also bought a 1gb Sandisk SD card. I put it into the camera, and formatted the card with the camera. After that, it appears the card is actually 3.86gb. I had the picture settings set on the best quality it would take, and noticed the available pictures was much higher than it should have been (1232 instead of the 301 the manual says I should have) Upon hooking it up the the computer, and going to the properties of the removable drive (camera) in 'my computer' it listed the capacity as 3.86gb.

Has anyone seen this before?
Should I return the card (will this cause a problem somewhere?)
or Did I just get really lucky?

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SD card
by snapshot2 Forum moderator / September 20, 2007 10:01 AM PDT

You should first make sure that the camera is set to
2816 x 2112 and that it is set to FINE Quality.
Page 24 of your manual.

I have not heard of anyone actually getting a mis-marked memory card.
For it to have the capacity you stated, it would have to be a SDHC (SD high capacity) card.

As far as "will this cause a problem somewhere", I would be tempted to call SeaLife and ask them.


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by OttsD / September 20, 2007 11:16 AM PDT
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It is set to 2816 x 2112 and that it is set to FINE Quality.
It didnt show up as 4gb until I formatted the card with the camera, before that it only showed up as 1gb.

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by Papa Echo / September 20, 2007 12:16 PM PDT
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...formatting the card again and see what happens.

I won't be tempted to count myself lucky and start using the card. The camera may decide that there have been a mistake when you have used, say 1.10 GB and find that it could no longer fit in anymore pictures...and lose the whole lot.
I wound return the card for a replacement. If the problem persists, return the camera.

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Do Not Return card
by MRMOAV / September 22, 2007 7:32 AM PDT

Once in a while you do get lucky. No reason to return it. The easiest way to test would be to put the card into the computer and upload a 2GB or larger file onto it, simple as that if it works it works keep the card and get rid of the camera if you don't like it but KEEP the CARD!!!

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by OttsD / September 22, 2007 10:44 AM PDT

I took about 400 pictures to use up 1gb on the card (i needed the card for a trip the following day, so i wanted to problem solved) It let me keep taking pictures past the 1gb mark, but would no longer allow me to view them and gave me a file read error. I exchanged the card, but have not formatted the new in the camera, and im not sure if i want to try it or not.

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by Papa Echo / September 22, 2007 2:06 PM PDT
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...format a card in the camera for which the card is to be used. It not formated it, will surely give you problems, then you won't be able to access the photos you take.

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