Can a SDHC card be used with a CF card adapter in Nikon D70s?
Due to a 'promotion', I have several SanDisk ExtremeIII SDHC 4GB memory cards. My Nikon D70s will only use Compact Flash memory cards. I purchased a SD/SDHC CF Card Adapter. This Card Adapter, with SDHC card inserted inside, will fit in my Nikon. However, the camera flashes ''For'', which I assume means the card needs to be ''formatted''. I have strictly followed the Nikon manual instructions for formatting a memory card but to no avail. Apparently, the card in the adapter does not format and, therefore, the camera does not work with the use of this card in an adapter. Before I give up, am I missing a step or something? Does anyone know the solution? Many thanks for a reply!
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This is because the Coolpix 2100 and 31000 models cannot handle a card
of that large a capacity. As it's only a 2MP camera anyway it doesn't
The Coolpix 2100/3100 will usually accept up to a 512MB
CF card, and 1GB Lexar CF cards up to and including the 24x WA write
accelerated (although write acceleration itself offers no benefits on
this camera). With Sandisk only a plain old and now obsolete SDFB
allows a 1GB card to be used and the regular Sandisk Ultra (not Ultra
II or later) will only work up to 512MB.
The camera was
discontinued long before these much larger CF cards were released and
Nikon no longer actively support the product so no firmware updates
will be available. The hardware wouldn't support such cards anyway.
4GB requires FAT32. Camera firmware only supports FAT16. 4GB won't work because FAT16 has a 2GB maximum size limitation. 1GB CF card is Nikon's "approved" maximum for this camera.
Catch: 22 1GB -and lesser capacity- CF cards are no longer manufacturered or generally available in 2010. When the current CF card dies, the still working camera also becomes throwaway unless you can source a CF card 1GB or under. 2GB may work, but with 'issues' per caution below.
CAUTION: Anecdotal evidence suggests the final release -& current- firmware for cameras of this generation is also encumbered by with a maximum picture number limitation of 999, realistic at the time of original manufacture when 256MB was a the largest capacity CF card but completely nonsensical now.
Summary: This is my first NIkon Digital camera and also my last.
Apart from the noteriety of the ubiquitous broken Nikon plastic battery latch, a major design flaw Nikon refuse to acknowledge or accept liability to rectify -since self-repaired better than OEM, Nikon policy on firmware support is complete abandonment of product within an unacceptably short service window. ie: a deliberate poilicy of enforced obsolescence.
Suggested Problem Remedy: Do buy a new camera supporting SD Cards of current capacities. Don't buy anything branded Nikon.