SD Card problems Coolpix 4800 & 3200

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Richard CH Regular Member • Posts: 111
SD Card problems Coolpix 4800 & 3200

Has any body else been having "This card cannot be read" or "This card cannot be used" errors frequently with these cameras?

I bought the 3200 for my daughter and my brother in law bought the 4800, both have different brands of SD cards and both are getting these errors after a couple of days of use. The card can be read and reformatted in a USB card reader and then might work. I can also remove the card, take another shot (4800) and insert the card, everything OK. But removing the card, battery, turning on and off have no effect.

I searched using Google and don't see a rash of these problems being reported but 2 out of the 2 Nikon SD based cameras that I'm aware of are getting them. Our Nikon CF based ones are, and always have been, solid.

So before Best Buy and I get into an argument about their return policy...

Anybody got any suggestions?

Richard

gail Forum Pro • Posts: 13,721
Re: SD Card problems Coolpix 4800 & 3200

Richard CH wrote:

The card can be read
and reformatted in a USB card reader

I really don't know much about this but from what I've read, reformatting a card in a card reader can cause problems such as you indicate. I don't know if this relates but I'll post it for what it's worth.

According to Nikon's Digital Knowledge Database, reformat a memory card in the camera only. If you've formatted using Windows XP and have problems, here's what Nikon says:

The default format for a disk in Windows XP is "FAT32", (File Allocation Table 32) Nikon Digital Cameras only accept cards formatted as "FAT "or "FAT16".

Please reformat the card and select "FAT" or "FAT16" from the format dialog box menu or simply format the card in the camera.

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Richard CH OP Regular Member • Posts: 111
Re: SD Card problems Coolpix 4800 & 3200

gail wrote:

Please reformat the card and select "FAT" or "FAT16" from the
format dialog box menu or simply format the card in the camera.

I made sure that it was formatted FAT.

The error was also happening when the card was formatted in the camera.

Richard

Greg Gebhardt
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FORMAT the card in the camera

Richard CH wrote:

gail wrote:

Please reformat the card and select "FAT" or "FAT16" from the
format dialog box menu or simply format the card in the camera.

I made sure that it was formatted FAT.

The error was also happening when the card was formatted in the
camera.

Richard

You got to take it as a hint if BOTH your cards are not working.
ALWAYS format your card in the camera.

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Richard CH OP Regular Member • Posts: 111
Re: FORMAT the card in the camera

Greg Gebhardt wrote:

The error was also happening when the card was formatted in the
camera.

Richard

You got to take it as a hint if BOTH your cards are not working.
ALWAYS format your card in the camera.

As I wrote, the error happens even when it is formatted in the camera. I also pointed out that it happens on 2 cameras.

Anybody else seeing thsi type of issue?

Richard

Thomas Gruen New Member • Posts: 5
Re: SD Card problems Coolpix 4800 & 3200

Richard CH wrote:

Has any body else been having "This card cannot be read" or "This
card cannot be used" errors frequently with these cameras?

I bought the 3200 for my daughter and my brother in law bought the
4800, both have different brands of SD cards and both are getting
these errors after a couple of days of use. The card can be read
and reformatted in a USB card reader and then might work. I can
also remove the card, take another shot (4800) and insert the card,
everything OK. But removing the card, battery, turning on and off
have no effect.

Richard

I have had the same problem (CP3200) and using different SD cards didn't solve the problem. I was told by Nikon that this is not a firmware problem and that I should send the camera in for repair. They do not acknowledge that this has happened to any one else, and the camera store where I bought it hasn't had any reports of the problem!!

I have learned that the error is less likely to occur if the camera has been off for a while and that the more I use the camera, the more often the error message appears. No images are lost, and I can transfer pictures to a disk without difficulty.

I can live with this for the time being and will send the camera in after the holidays.

Thomas Gruen New Member • Posts: 5
Re: SD Card problems Coolpix 4800 & 3200

Thomas Gruen wrote:

Richard CH wrote:

Has any body else been having "This card cannot be read" or "This
card cannot be used" errors frequently with these cameras?

I bought the 3200 for my daughter and my brother in law bought the
4800, both have different brands of SD cards and both are getting
these errors after a couple of days of use. The card can be read
and reformatted in a USB card reader and then might work. I can
also remove the card, take another shot (4800) and insert the card,
everything OK. But removing the card, battery, turning on and off
have no effect.

Richard

I have had the same problem (CP3200) and using different SD cards
didn't solve the problem. I was told by Nikon that this is not a
firmware problem and that I should send the camera in for repair.
They do not acknowledge that this has happened to any one else, and
the camera store where I bought it hasn't had any reports of the
problem!!

I have learned that the error is less likely to occur if the camera
has been off for a while and that the more I use the camera, the
more often the error message appears. No images are lost, and I
can transfer pictures to a disk without difficulty.

I can live with this for the time being and will send the camera in
after the holidays.

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Thomas C Gruen

I returned the camera to Nikon for service (took 3 weeks) and I have had no further problems with reading the SD card. Some circuitry was replaced and all is well.

T. Gruen

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