Actually, bigredguy is incorrect - at least in part....
All recent SD enabled devices will accept any SD card.
However, there have been changes in the standard for SD cards and their devices to allow for the increase in storage size since the format was invented.
See SD on Wikipedia for details - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Secure_Digital_card
Basically, check your device details before buying a larger card if it is more than a couple of years old.
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That's a typical message on the L10 if you have either tried too large a capacity of SD card, or if you have used an SDHC car.
The L10 is compatible with SD cards ONLY up to an absolute maximum of 2GB capacity. It is incompatible with the commonly available SDHC cards which start at 4GB capacity.
If you are using the wrong type of card then your fix is to stick to using SD cards, and for the greatest reliability try to keep to a maximum of 1GB, as in common with many similarly specified models the L10 can be a bit fussy about brands when you push it to the 2GB limit.
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There are no 4GB SD cards. "SD" cards larger than about 1GB are actually SDHC cards. SD and SDHC cards fit the same slots, but they are slightly different electrically. Many cameras won't work with SDHC (high capacity) cards. SDHC is not backwards compatible.
I've search and found that there's no limitation in SD card usage, it only said we prefer more than 256 MB card. But there is user who use 4 GB SD card, so I think it would be fine for you to use it. Higher memory card usually will make the camera harder to read the data, so I can't guarantee if you use higher memory than that.
You don't say whether this is a new card or one you used before. I'm going to assume this is a new card (otherwise, it means the card has become corrupted or there is a camera fault).
You say it is an SD card, but don't mention the capacity. "SD" cards larger than about 2GB are actually SDHC cards. SD
and SDHC cards fit the same slots, but they are slightly different electrically. Many
cameras won't work with SDHC (high capacity) cards. SDHC is not
I expect your camera just won't work with this kind of card. It is often difficult to find out the maximum capacity memory card a camera will use, as today's cards are much larger that those available when the manual for the camera was written, but as a rule, if the memory size is larger than the largest size mentioned in the manual, you should expect trouble. You can always carry several smaller cards if you really need more space.
Your camera is definitely compatible with SD cards up to a maximum capacity of 512MB. It was never hardware tested by the manufacturer with larger capacities and definitely cannot accept any SDHC cards (4GB and upwards); I have also tried one in the past with a 2GB SD card and it was unusable. Unfortunately Samsung have never actually published any hard and fast data stating what the maximum capacity is for the Digimax 420.
In summary then, you're good to go with 512MB SD, 1GB SD is a gamble and will either work or it won't (but won't harm your camera or the card), 2GB and above are not suitable.
You don't state which card you're having problems with, but a common cause is the use of a memory card which has too large a capacity for the camera.
Your camera accepts SD cards up to a maximum 2GB capacity. It will not cope with larger capacities and will produce error messages or fail to format the card. The most common cause of the problem is using the later specification SDHC cards in older devices which pre-date the use of SDHC cards.
If you are using the wrong capacity/type of card then you have just two fixes: either use an SD card with a maximum 2GB capacity or replace your camera for a later model which is SDHC compliant. Note that later devices can still use SD cards as well.
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yes you would. It can inly accept 1GB cards. Just as a tip large capacity cards make it slow to recover from a write after taking a pic so if you can get say 512K cards still use those they recover from writing a lot faster
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.
The maximum supported size is most likely 2GB SD Card. Cards with 4GB and more are following a new (incompatible) standard called SDHC (SD High Capacity), SDHC cards work only in devices specifically supporting SDHC. The Optio S5N uses the old SD standard where 2GB are the maximum size.