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Hi, we just bought a new Samsung ES30 still camera with a new 4GB SDHC 4 Silicon Power SD card. We have formatted the SD card in the camera as per the instructions on page 76 of the User Manual which came on the CD with the camera. The issue is that the photos taken do not get stored on this memory card eg the folder is empty when checking the memory card for its content on a PC by connecting the camera to the PC via the supplied USB cable. When the SD card is connected directly to the PC via a USB memory card reader there is a folder named DATABASE but no files are located under there, it is empty. The memory card is shown to have a capacity of 3.68GB, and files can be placed on it from the computer, and read back fine, e.g. the memory card is functioning as a memory storage device. On the camera, the number of pictures left (968), which is show on the 3inch LCD screen, goes down by one the moment a picture is taken, but after approx 1 second or so goes back up again, e.g. the net result is the same number of pictures are available to be taken. We have tried a 16GB SanDisk 4 Ultra (15MBps) SD card, and that card appears to work fine, e.g. the files, or pictures, can be seen stored on the memory card when plugging the camera into the PC, and the files contain the pictures just fine. So the camera itself appears to work just fine. So it appears that both products work fine, the camera and the SD card, but together they dont. Could it be a compatibility issue, or something else? The cameras LCD screen does not report a problem, except that the number of pictures available to take stays constant. The Samsung User Manual, which comes as a pdf on the CD with the camera, does not state what the speed of the SD memory card should be. Would you be able to help us? Thanks, Peter

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The camera should be asking you if you want to save. and if you do not there will never be any photos in it or on the card

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