Question about Canon PowerShot A530 Digital Camera

1 Answer

Memory card error

My Canon started getting the 'memory card error' message when I was recently on vacation and was working on and off, but now has completely stopped working. The camera is about 9 months old, and has new batteries, I even tried a new internal 1220 3V battery. I've tried 3 different SD cards, all which work fine in another digital camera we have. I've tried switching the lock on and off. I can't re-format the memory card in the camera because that option is somehow disabled. I tried cleaning the internal contacts with a piece of paper, and it looks like all the pins are aligned correctly. It seems like it would cost more to get this serviced than to buy another camera... Any other suggestions would be greatly appreciated!

Posted by on

1 Answer

  • Level 1:

    An expert who has achieved level 1.


    An expert whose answer got voted for 2 times.

  • Contributor
  • 4 Answers
Re: Memory card error

Try a smaller memory card size . I was trying to install a 4gb card and the guy at Kmart told me to try a 1gb card and that fixed the locked card error . No where in the instruction book did it address this problem.

Posted on Apr 14, 2008

1 Suggested Answer

  • 1944 Answers

SOURCE: Memory card error


Did you try reformatting the card in an external card reader?

Posted on Apr 10, 2008

Add Your Answer

0 characters

Uploading: 0%


Complete. Click "Add" to insert your video. Add


3 Points

Related Questions:

1 Answer

When putting a Lexar Multi-Use 16 GB SDHC memory card in my Canon Powershot A540 I get Memory Card Error message as well Card Locked message. Have tried unlocking it by the slide on side of card, is t

It's a lost cause. The A540 works with SD cards. While SDHC cards will fit into the slot, they are electronically incompatible and will not work in devices not designed for them. You need to stay with SD cards, 2GB and smaller.

Jan 03, 2013 | Canon PowerShot A540 Digital Camera

4 Answers

Memory card error


Did you try reformatting the card in an external card reader?

Apr 10, 2008 | Canon PowerShot A530 Digital Camera

1 Answer

Upon turning on my camera the message 'lens error restart camera' appears against black screen. I've turned off the camera and have tried turning on again. Still same message. Prior to the above...

Can't help with the camera- sounds like it has a fault.

The photos, however, should be recoverable by putting the memory card into a card reader on a computer.

Oct 27, 2010 | Canon PowerShot SD1000 Digital Camera

1 Answer

Error message saying Reinsert memory stick

Buy a new card for the rest of the vacation, the new Sony cards come with free recovery software that may help recover the images on the old card?

Jun 02, 2010 | Sony Cybershot DSC-S950 Digital Camera

1 Answer

Memory card error message

Cards are coming in different formats and it might be possible that you brought a card which is not suitable or functional with your camera. The other reason could be that we are having options to lock our memory card in digital camera and you might have taken out your earlier card without unlocking it. The system might be broken from inside and this could be a reason that you are still getting a message that memory card is locked. It seems possible based on problem you are sharing.

May 28, 2010 | Canon PowerShot SD780 IS / IXUS 100 IS...

1 Answer

Memory card is defective error message

Format the memory card on the same camera it is not a battery problem &also reset your camera

Sep 06, 2009 | Canon PowerShot SD630 Digital ELPH / IXUS...

1 Answer

Memory card error

is the memory card the right kind? is it the brand? did you push it in properly?

Oct 03, 2008 | Canon PowerShot A520 Digital Camera

1 Answer

Memory card problem

I was happily using Cannon IXUS 750on one of my long vacations when the memory card almost got full. perhaps I clicked once or twice to take a picture when the card was full. ever since the camera displays Memory Card Error.

These are almost all the photos I took on my camera since a long time now. Could anybody pleeeese help me in retrieving my photos and recordings?

thanks v much


Oct 30, 2007 | Canon PowerShot SD550 / IXUS 750 Digital...

1 Answer

Memory card not reading in canon a75

So as not to spoil your vacation, go buy yourself a new compact flash card locally. They should sell them anywhere electronics are sold, including WalMart, etc. See if you can get this new card to work in your camera. If so, then you can work on trying to get your current CF to work, by trying to format it in the camera. If you can't get a new CF to work in the camera, then you likely damaged either the pins in the CF socket in the camera, or some switch that is pushed when the card is inserted (to tell the camera there is a card in it). It is unlikely you will be able to have this fixed during your vacation, unfortunately.

Mar 05, 2007 | Canon PowerShot A75 Digital Camera

Not finding what you are looking for?
Canon PowerShot A530 Digital Camera Logo

94 people viewed this question

Ask a Question

Usually answered in minutes!

Top Canon Digital Cameras Experts


Level 2 Expert

246 Answers


Level 3 Expert

2598 Answers


Level 2 Expert

68 Answers

Are you a Canon Digital Camera Expert? Answer questions, earn points and help others

Answer questions

Manuals & User Guides