Nikon D70 digital camera memory card cannot be used
Nikon D70 digital cameraWhen our memory cards are inserted ''CHA'' comes up on the top sceen and ''memory card cannot be read'' on the larger display screen. Why is this? We have used these cards for 1-3 years and had no previous problems.
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When a Memory card is inserted into a D-SLR camera, the camera checks the card for compatibility and usability. There are three possible results of the test:
1) Camera detects valid Memory card, displays number of remaining images in top LCD
2) Camera displays "FOR" in top control panel LCD. The camera has detected a valid disk partition map, but was unable to read the first sector of the Memory Card. Formatting the memory Card using the cameras format option, should resolve this condition and allow the Memory card to be used.
3) Camera displays "CHA" in top LCD. The camera has detected an invalid partition type or is not working properly. Reformatting the memory card may allow it to be used. If an approved memory card causes the camera to display the "CHA" indicator contact the memory cards manufacturer for assistance.
(Nikon's list of "approved" memory cards can be found here.)
Please note that the default disk format used in Windows XP is FAT32 and if a card is formatted with this setting on an XP system, a D1 series camera will report "CHA". Reformat the card as "FAT" to use in the D1 series camera.
When the CHA error is shown, typically the camera will freeze and require that the battery be removed from the camera before it can take another picture. After that picture has been taken, the camera freezes up again for many owners.
Some owners have success removing and either re-seating or inserting a new memory card in the camera.
Some owners have success clearing the error by removing the lens and then reinstalling.
The key to these "fixes" is that they don't all work for everyone. You might need to return the camera to Nikon for repair. You can arrange for Nikon service here.
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3) Camera displays “CHA” in top LCD.
The camera has detected an invalid partition type or is not working
properly. Reformatting the memory card may allow it to be used. If an
approved memory card causes the camera to display the "CHA" indicator
contact the memory cards manufacturer for assistance.
note that the default disk format used in Windows XP is FAT32 and if a
card is formatted with this setting on an XP system, a D1 series camera
will report "CHA". Reformat the card as "FAT" to use in the D1 series
Try to clean the contacts of the memory cards and, mostly, of the memory card bay of the camera. Use a dry anti-static fabric (e.g. what we use to clean eye-glasses). DON'T use any liquid cleaner of anything like that!
The error code "CHA" is telling you that the CF card you are using for storage is not compatible with the camera. You should consider trying a different card, perhaps a slightly older one that is not as fast.
I use a SanDisk Ultra II card, and that works fine for me.