Question about Canon PowerShot SD700 IS Digital ELPH / IXUS 800 Digital Camera

3 Answers

Memory Card Error

Recently purchased a 4GB SD memory card and now camera reads memory card error. Can it handle this size memory card? Also, is it possible to retrieve my pictures?

Posted by on

3 Answers

  • Level 1:

    An expert who has achieved level 1.

  • Contributor
  • 1 Answer
Re: Memory Card Error

Sounds like the camera does not support SDHC. Check manual to see if this camera supports high capacity SD cards.

Posted on Mar 31, 2008

  • Level 1:

    An expert who has achieved level 1.

    Problem Solver:

    An expert who has answered 5 questions.

  • Contributor
  • 1 Answer
Re: Memory Card Error

The camera u said doesn't support more than 2GB... but some cameras do that. i have the same camera and my friend had it too. my cam supports 4gb but my friend's one shows the memory card error vth 4gb. so he's using 2gb. i don't know what's the reason. may be something wrong vth the cameras software

Posted on Apr 13, 2008

  • Level 1:

    An expert who has achieved level 1.


    An expert who has answered 20 questions.


    An expert that hasĀ over 10 points.


    An expert whose answer gotĀ voted for 2 times.

  • Contributor
  • 36 Answers
Re: Memory Card Error

I am assuming that the camera continues to work fine with other cards, so the problem is only with the card, not with the camera.

To try to retrieve pictures, get yourself a USB SD card reader&writer (under $10 on eBay), plug it into your PC, and see if the files are readable that way.

If the files are readable, find the folder with JPG files, and simply move them to computer.

If the computer starts freezing every few seconds while you are accessing the card, or the move process is dealing with one file for a very long time (over 10 minutes), the card has physical problems, and there is a chance that things may not be recovered. Try moving each file separately. I did a quick search for you: "recover sd card files" - I found a few shareware utilities that would try to recover corrupted files, starting with "Card Recovery 3.50".

Once you are done with the recovery, determine if the card is usable in the future. Format the card using the camera (look for the option in Menu), take it out and use USB card reader to fill up the card with any junk from you computer, and then try to copy it from the card again onto your computer (create and use a junk folder). If this fails, look for a way for way to exchange the card under warranty, if you have any. Otherwise, the card may not be compatible with the camera (although unlikely). Test it by taking lots of test video and test pictures just to fill up the card, and try to read it. If everything is fine, and you want to take the risk, the problem may be a one time issue and will never happen again. Otherwise, use the card for something else.

Good luck!

Posted on Dec 27, 2007

1 Suggested Answer

  • 36 Answers

SOURCE: Memory Card Error

Use USB card reader&writer to retrieve the pictures directly from the card.

Posted on Dec 28, 2007

Add Your Answer

0 characters

Uploading: 0%


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


3 Points

Related Questions:

1 Answer

Can I use a 4gb sd hc memory card in a canon powershot s2 1s? the screen says there's a memory card error

The Max. Memory Size of ur camera is : 2048Mb/2GB.........That is reason for which it says that there is a memory card error.

Feb 17, 2011 | Canon PowerShot S2 IS Digital Camera

1 Answer

Memory card Sandisk 4GB gives error memory card

The S50 uses SD cards. Your 4GB card is actually an SDHC card, and will not work in the S50. You will have to confine your choices to cards 2GB and smaller.

May 15, 2010 | Pentax Optio S50 Digital Camera

1 Answer

C190-caot be read with 2 differnd SD 4GB cards. Is

Hi sir
#1 Insert your memory card into your computer's reader if you have one. If not, you can purchase a multi-format USB Memory Card reader from or
# 2 Open up 'My Computer'. You should see it under the list of available drives.
# 3 Check its contents first to make sure that you have the right drive.
# 4 In 'My Computer', right-click on the drive and choose 'Format'.
# 5 Leave all the options as they are and click on 'Start'. This is a non-reversible process so make sure this is what you truly wanted to do in the first place.
# 6 Once the process is completed, take the memory card out and insert it into your Digital Camera or any other device. Try to browse to it to make sure it works fine now.

Mar 15, 2010 | Kodak Easyshare C190 12MP Digital Camera...

1 Answer

Memory Card error message

The K100D works with SD cards. Your 4GB card is actually an SDHC card. While it fits into the slot is is electronically incompatible.

Sep 25, 2009 | Pentax K100D Digital Camera

1 Answer

Samsung s830 SDHC Problem?? Camera Dies!!

emm... I have got an 2 gb SD memorycard for mine to and it wont work. Read on several places that the camera can only handle 1 gb memory card... Dont know if that's true thou.

Feb 16, 2009 | Samsung S830 Digital Camera

1 Answer

Panasonic fz 18

Sorry for the extreme delay in answering your question: I've been trawling for old unanswered questions today and yours came up. The following answer will undoubtedly be way too late to be of use to you, but may assist others searching FixYa for an answer to the same problem.

You have been mistaking SD cards for SDHC cards. They look the same but are different, and your camera cannot use SDHC cards as it was designed before they existed. The limitation is due to the hardware in your camera so it cannot be updated to SDHC standards.

Your 2GB card was definitely an SD card as SDHC cards have a minimum capacity of 4GB, and 2GB SD cards are the maximum capacity which your camera can handle. Your only fix is to either stick to 2GB maximum capacity SD cards or to replace the camera with one which is SDHC compatible.

Aug 25, 2008 | Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ18K Digital Camera

2 Answers


From what I can see here, the card's size is too large that your camera couldn't support or handle. Maybe your camera is just limited to 1GB or 2GB. Try plugging 2GB card and see if it detects it. I had similar prob where I bought a 4GB card and it does exactly the same thing. I consulted the vendor, he said it only supports up to 2GB thus, it's a product limitation...well I'm stuck there hehe, can't be helped at all..

If you are certain that your camera can handle 4GB card or higher, try to plug the 4GB card into a card reader and see if it detets it. If it does, try to reformat the card and try it again to your camera.

Also, 1 possible thing is that your 4GB card is password protected. Was it plugged in to any other device? If it was, try to plug it back to the same device where it was connected and disable the password.

Onother thing is the brand. Some camera is brand sensitive when it comes to cards. You may need to try different brand as well.

Hope this helps. :-)

Jan 06, 2008 | Canon PowerShot A540 Digital Camera

1 Answer

SD memory card limit?

The A430 works with MMC and SD cards. Your 4GB card is actually an SDHC card and will not work with this camera. You need to use SD cards, which max out at 2GB.

Dec 31, 2007 | Canon PowerShot A430 Digital Camera

6 Answers

Message: Memory Card Error - Memory Card Parameter Error on 4gb SDHC card

I recently bought a DMC-TZ3 and have been researching memory cards. Several sites sell cards with the camera and list the card type. I would suggest buying one of these cards. Any cards larger than 2gb must be SDHC type SD cards. There appear to different types of SDHC cards, 1.0, 1.1 and 2.0. Check out for a description. 2.0 cards are not compatable for devices developed prior to 2.0 so that may be the reason for the camera problem. So far I haven't seen anything that states what type SDHC card the camera requires. I found a computer memory site that that sells memory that they say will work. There may be others.

Dec 13, 2007 | Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ3 Digital Camera

1 Answer

Memory Card Error

Use USB card reader&writer to retrieve the pictures directly from the card.

Nov 28, 2007 | Canon PowerShot SD700 IS Digital ELPH /...

Not finding what you are looking for?
Canon PowerShot SD700 IS Digital ELPH / IXUS 800 Digital Camera Logo

604 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