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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.
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Your camera was designed and built long before CF cards of that capacity had even been envisaged. Your cameras internal hardware was therefore never designed to handle CF cards of a capacity greater than 1GB and could never have been tested (before going into production) on anything higher than the largest capacity then available of 512MB, which still enables your 4MP camera to store hundreds of images even at the highest quality setting.
In practice, your camera *might* work with a maximum capacity of 1GB, although in practice the E-10 had problems handling the 1GB MicroDrives (an obsolete type of CF card containing a miniature hard drive). Take a gamble on a regular 1GB CF card, or play safe and stick to 512MB cards. At least with the latter there are millions of them lying unused and worthless these days and you can usually get them for zilch by asking on your local FreeCycle/Freegle groups.
You have a great camera which is still capable of producing excellent images, but as it's now a twelve year old design you have to accept that the hardware has some limitations.
Definitely not. When your 2.11MP camera was designed even 1GB CF cards hadn't been released. Your camera will be completely unable to address the memory of large capacity cards and is limited to an absolute maximum of 512MB.
Cards of that size will slow the camera down though and some brands may not even work, so I recommend that you go no higher than 256MB, which even at highest picture quality settings will still allow you to store 240 JPEGs at the best quality level and about 900 JPEGs at the good quality level.
256MB and 512 MB CF cards are regarded as obsolete now and are hard to find in shops but are still available from online retailers. Alternatively, just ask on your local FreeCycle or Freegle groups as the resale value of such cards is zero and many folks have them lying around in drawers and in dead devices.
Issue: Memory card Error Solution: Try a different memory card and/or Reformat memory card PowerShot A70
Formatting a CF Card
You should always format a new CF card or one from which you wish to erase all images and other data.
Please note that formatting a CF card erases all data, including protected images and other file types. Please check the contents of the CF card before formatting it.
Turn the power on.
Press the <MENU> button and select [ (Set up)] using or .
Select (Format) using or and press the <SET> button.
Select [OK] using or and press the <SET> button.
To cancel formatting instead, select [Cancel] and press the <SET> button.
The capacity of the CF card displayed after formatting will be less than the rated capacity of the CF card. This is not a malfunction of the CF card or camera.
Press the <MENU> button.
If the camera does not work properly, the inserted CF card may be malfunctioning. Reformatting the CF card may solve the problem.
When a non-Canon brand CF card is malfunctioning, reformatting it may solve the problem.
CF cards formatted in another camera, computer or peripheral device may not operate correctly. When that happens, reformat the CF card with this camera.
When this model came out a 1GB card was a large capacity card, so Canon's specifications stop there. I talked with a friend who has used a 4GB card in a Pro 1, and it's possible that it may work with capacities even larger than that. But I think you will be able to use a 4GB without problems.
This is because the Coolpix 2100 and 31000 models cannot handle a card
of that large a capacity. As it's only a 2MP camera anyway it doesn't
The Coolpix 2100/3100 will usually accept up to a 512MB
CF card, and 1GB Lexar CF cards up to and including the 24x WA write
accelerated (although write acceleration itself offers no benefits on
this camera). With Sandisk only a plain old and now obsolete SDFB
allows a 1GB card to be used and the regular Sandisk Ultra (not Ultra
II or later) will only work up to 512MB.
The camera was
discontinued long before these much larger CF cards were released and
Nikon no longer actively support the product so no firmware updates
will be available. The hardware wouldn't support such cards anyway.
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 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.
Limited only by the size of the memory module that is currently available on the market. 512 to 64gb but over 2GB your camera has to support FAT32 format and I'm not sure if it does. It can connect to a PC running XP so one might assume it handles FAT32 files.
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