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Anyone experiencing SD "Card Error" with Canon A620?

Howard Vrankin , Mar 23, 2006; 05:45 p.m.

A querky thing is happening with my new Canon A620 and two new SanDisk 512MB (not super speed but regular) cards. About 1/3 into the card capacity I start getting "Card Error" messages with inability to either record or view recorded images. "Card Corrupted" or "Unidentified File" comes up. Also, a regular card format can be done in-camera, but not "slow format." That comes up every time with "Card Error" and the camera just goes black and shuts down. My other smaller, 64MB and 32MB cards all work fine in all functions, including slow format. So I'm suspecting the Sandisk 512MB cards. Have posted a request with SanDisk Support, but have not yet heard. Thanks to anyone who might recognize something I'm missing.


Wilson Tsoi , Mar 23, 2006; 07:37 p.m.

I've never experience this with the A620, yet. Is it possible that you worked images in the SD card in PhotoShop and stick the card back in camera? Even then, that doesn't explain the camera shutting down.

Before you do anything, if you have images you need retrieving from that SD card, stick the SD card to your computer and run Sandisk "RescuePRO." It will automatically pull out any corrupted files.

After that, I'd say do some test shooting and isolate problem to either the camera or the card. Whatever ending up being at fault, exchage it.

Good luck. ^_^

Howard Vrankin , Mar 23, 2006; 09:13 p.m.

I didn't take the card out at any time, so post processing wouldn't be a factor. And since the camera seems fine with other cards, I think it's the cards. But funny it would be two of them at the same time.

Wilson Tsoi , Mar 23, 2006; 09:20 p.m.

Both 512MB SD cards have same problem? Wow, what's the chance of that happening?! I'd say go ought to go buy yourself a Lotto ticket tonight. You'd probably get the winning ticket! ^_^

I personally wish Canon and other manufacturers stick with the more robust and more common CompactFlash cards instead. I guess the good thing here is that you don't have any critical images lost during all this.

Michael S. , Mar 23, 2006; 10:33 p.m.

Encountered strange misbehavior -- similar but not identical to what you're experiencing, Howard -- using Sandisk Ultra II 1 gig cards on a different Canon, the S2 IS.

I gather you began by formatting the new cards in camera, before taking photos ?

Rob Bernhard , Mar 23, 2006; 10:59 p.m.

Don't format your cards in Windows, let the camera do it.

Rob Murray , Mar 24, 2006; 08:03 a.m.

I have been using Sandisk regular speed 256 cards for thousands of shots no problems. Call Sandisk. I always low level format in the canon a610 regularly.

Howard Vrankin , Mar 24, 2006; 09:18 a.m.

All formatting was done in the camera and the cards were sealed in factory packaging. I'm waiting for SanDisk's response, hoping it's not an issue with my particular camera. It'd be hard to ship that off to Canon for service, after only having it for three days. Thanks everyone, for responses.

Howard Vrankin , Apr 12, 2006; 07:21 a.m.

To finish this post, I sent photos of the cards to Sandisk who promptly replied that they were not their own, but frauds. My problems were being caused by bad sectors on both cards. This is a lesson learned; buy from reputable dealers.

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