Nikon memory card all of the sudden downgraded from 1G to hardly anything at all!?!
Just recently I noticed that my camera only will take ~1min 20 secs of video footage when before it would take clear up to an hour of footage being as though it is a 1G memory card. I can't figure anything in settings is off but I'm not too sure, I don't think I have the booklet or initial software either. Hopefully you can point me in the right direction!
Re: Nikon memory card all of the sudden downgraded from...
There are a couple of different things that could help this situation.
First, try deleting photos and videos and other files that might be occupying space on the card.
Secondly, look at the quality (in Movie mode, hit menu and select the quality button). Change it up and down, see what happens.
Thirdly, if you still have the problem, go back to your computer, right click on the card, and see how much space total, and how much free space it shows. If it shows most of the card is free, try taking the movie again. If that doesn't work, try a different card or use the same card in a different camera.
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Forget about drivers for your computer. Buy an inexpensive (under $20) USB SD flash memory card reader and connect it to your USB port. Remove the SD memory card from your camera and insert it in the card reader. Open Finder if you have a Mac or My Computer for a PC. You will see your memory displayed just as if it were an external hard drive. Open the files on the SD card and copy them to a file on your hard drive. It is that simple. Professionals use this method. We almost never download directly from the camera.
You didn't say if you are leaving the memory card in your camera and connecting it to the computer with a USB cable or if you remove the card from the camera and use a card reader. Eaither way should work, but if one dosn't, the other should. In either case, consider that from your computer's perspective, the memory card in your camera is no different then an external hard drive. You can access the folders on the memory card in exactly the same way you access any other folder on your computer (Mac or PC). Just copy and paste your pictures from the folder on the camera's memory to a new folder with an appropriate name on your computer. You do not need Nikon's or any other third-party software to do this.
A 2gb card won't harm your camera. Worst case scenario is that it just won't work. If you try the 2gb card, take several pictures with it. The camera may reject the card right away, or it may take a few shots for it to happen. Don't bother trying a 4gb card, however, it will not work.