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Problem with the * ist DS and 2 gb chip

I just purchased a 2 gb SD chip for my * ist DS, I placed the chip in the camera and it registered 695 pictures at the highest Jpeg. Great! the problem is when I format the chip in the * Ist DS it only comes out with 340, as if it was a 1 gb chip. The strange part is if I format the chip in my Minolta point and Shoot it formats the full 2 gb. Any one else have this problem?

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I guess You should wait for a firmware update - and do not format the card in the camera until then. I think it won't take long.

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