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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Is the card too big? Some old cameras -- and an ist-D is very old in digital camera terms -- are limited as to what capacity chips they can use. Check your manual or Google it. Also, it's not unheard of for a chip to be defective right out of the box. Try it in another device to ensure that it's not a defect.
If you're using a card larger than 2GB then it's an SDHC card, not an SD card. The *ist DL works with SD cards, which top out at 2GB. Even though higher-capacity SDHC cards will fit into the slot, they will not work with this camera.
Clean the contacts of the SD card and check the contacts of the camera. Some foreign material could prevent the cards working. You can try another SD card to see difference. Simple thing but check also the SD card write protection is off (side of the card).
Your camera is only supporting SD/MMC Cards (up to 2 GB) and KODAK SDHC Cards (up to 8 GB).
The card that you currently have might be faulty. Please try another card. You might also need to switch the camera over to saving pictures directly onto the SD card.1: Menu, Cam settings, Chose AUTO or SD card option Press OK
Note: If the SD card isn't in the camera or is unreadable the camera will automatically go back to saving you taken pictures on the internal memory.
I've used Sandisk Ultra II 512M cards, a PQI 1G and a Transcend 1G card (all high speed rated) in the *istDS. I've done about 1500 exposures now, many RAW, and have done several rounds of upload to my computer. No problems at all. These same cards work flawlessly in a Panasonic FZ10 as well.
Either you have had a bit of bad luck, two defective SD cards in a row, or have a *istDS with a stuck or bad memory card controller. Try using the Reset command in the Set Up Menu, see if that helps.
BTW, always format SD cards with the camera once before you start using them.
Interesting... I've heard that (for the DS at least) the camera isn't capable of using more than about 60X, but of course your downloads can be faster if you use a reader. At 2gb, this might give you some benefit, but a full transfer of 1gb on a garden variety sandisk only takes a few minutes.