I have Canon Camera S410 model. I bought a new CF card of 512 MB which i have been using for close to 1 year. Today, when i took the card out and replaced it back, and switched on the camera in playback mode, the LCD screen is showing
Memory Card Error
As a result, i am not able to shoot any pictures. Some 2 months back, the moisture had entered the camera and the camera would not operate. After a few days, it started operating, though occasionally. Recently, it was always operating and i faced no problem. I don't think this "memory card error" problem has any link to the moisture problem. If there is a link, i am not aware of it.
Please note that the CF card slot cover is properly locked and still the problem persists.
Please guide me how to rectify the error.
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Take a look inside your camera's CF card slot. I suspect that you may have a bent pin in there. If so, don't fret. Although professional repair would be more costly than the value of the camera, there is a very good chance that you can repair this yourself. Please see this link.
The Canon G1 was my first digital camera, years ago. When this camera was sold it came with a 16 Mb CF card. The manual refers to CF card sizes from 8 Mb up to 128 Mb and the number of photos you can take with each size card. However, I bought my camera together with a 1GB "micro drive" (tiny hard drive in a CF card format) and although it wasn't "supported" by Canon, it worked fine. I also used a regular 1GB CF card in it (after I lost the microdrive card). If you want to use a card larger than 1GB with this camera, test/borrow a card to make sure it works before you buy one. Camera stores always have a variety of cards (used to demonstrate the cameras they are selling) that you can put in your camera and test before you decide which card to buy.
According to Canon's website, the limit is 256MB. You could try it with a larger card, though. Nothing bad will happen to the camera, and it should either work fine or not at all.
Here is the page from Canon's site: