Our camera is over 12 months old and has been working beautifully until recently. It now gives a memory card error when we turn it on. We've tried several new memory card (different brands) with no success. We've also tried reformatting the cards we've been using for months...again, no success. I've seen several comments on the internet about this problem, but haven't seen a solution posted yet. Thanks for any help you can offer...don't want to give up on it yet, it's been a great camera up until this point.
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Let's work on the camera first.
1) Turn the camera off and remove the battery and the card.
2) Put the battery back in without the card and turn it on.
3) Turn the camera off and insert the CF card.
4) Turn the camera back on again.
See if that takes the message away.
If it doesn't leave me a comment and we go to step 2.
If it does, thanks for coming to FixYa.
Unfortunately, the A520 does not support SD memory cards with more than 2GB capacity, and doesn't support SDHC at all. (1GB max for MMC cards.) I know memory is much cheaper than when the camera first came out, but in 2005 2GB was about as large as you could get.
I had exactly the same problem with a 2 year old LX-1. The card worked fine on the computer, formated no problem but would not work in the camera.
I took a can of air and used maybe 3 one second bursts to blow out the card slot. Card immediately started working.
There is quite probably some connection error between the memory card and the camera's memory card bay. Take a clean anti-static fabric (like the one we use to clean eye-glasses) and wipe the contacts of the memory card and those of the camera's memory card bay/slot (if you can reach them somehow).
Have you tried another card? If another memory card works, then it's obviously a problem of the specific card.
There most definitely is a solution to this problem. Follow this link for a step by step fix for the memory card error. It requires taking the camera apart but if the warranty is expired you have nothing to lose. Fix worked fine for me.
Reformat the card in the camera then try
Also use the menu system with help from the manual to establish the file size/ file type
The higher the resolution the few the images able to be stored/ RAW and Tiff give but few SHQ give more HQ give even more but each with declining quality.
Which is only 2 month old Card or Camera or Both?
Either way having tried the alternatives if still in trouble return the 2 month old item for replacement.
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.