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Count down on memory card

I recently bought a 4gb card (sdhc) for my k100d. I formatted it before use but the read out remains on 999 and will not count down.

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Hi!
The K100D's lcd read-out is limited to displaying 999 as its maximum. This means that the card is capable of storing 999+ pictures. Once it gets to a point that the card can only store 999 pictures or less, then it will begin to count down.
Hope this helps!

Posted on Nov 14, 2008

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