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Fuji S2 Pro "Card not Initialized"

Jen Lambert , Mar 23, 2009; 10:00 a.m.

Hello all,

I have a Fuji S2 Pro. I recently purchased a SanDisk Extreme III 30mb/s 8GB card. When I insert the card, I receive the error "Card not initialized." After many tries, I can bring up the format screen then select "format," but after thinking for a few seconds, the camera returns the error "card error." I've tried this sequence many times and I keep getting the same two errors.

I inserted the card into our studios S5 Pro, formatted it, shot to it, then downloaded it and reformatted it without a problem. I then put it back in the S2 and received the same error.

After searching the web and forums, I've seen where some cameras will not support cards over a certain capacity. I can't find anything specific to Fuji S2 though. Does this seem like the case? If so, does anyone know where I can find specs on what capapcity cards are compatable? Is there a way to update the firmware in the camera?

Thanks for any help you can offer,



Michael Chang , Mar 23, 2009; 10:35 a.m.

Jen, I once looked into buying a S2 Pro and recall it uses FAT16 file system therefore limiting card capacity to 2GB. I don't believe Fuji offers a FAT32 firmware upgrade to allowing higher capacity cards to be used.

Peter Blaise , Mar 23, 2009; 12:18 p.m.


Yup, sounds like the S2 can only access 2gb cards -- right? What does Fuji say when you ask them?

By the way, ANY card formatted to FAT16 or FAT16-cluster sizes writes as much as 8 times FASTER than FAT32 default cluster sizes, so if you want WRITE SPEED (and who doesn't) ... well, I never format in-camera, only in-computer where I can control cluster sizes.


Robert LOOP , Jul 07, 2009; 01:17 p.m.

I have the same problem with extrem 4 Gb ! I d like to know if 2GB goes for sure ! 1GB is OK !

Andrew Desposito , Aug 22, 2009; 05:34 p.m.

Re: S2pro errors with regard to memory card. Well, you need to read the manual. In the manual for this camera it specifically gives the useable memory cards. Any cf card with a greater capacity that 1gb is not usable. Go to the fujifilm compatibility section and it gives a complete listing of usable media types for all of their cameras. But first you must read the user manual. There is a section in the manual that gives the information you require.

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here it is in black and white -- Media Compatibility _ S Series _ Fujifilm Global.pdf)

Andrew Desposito , Aug 22, 2009; 05:45 p.m.

Here it is in B&W from the user manual ....useable media types

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check this page taken from the s2 pro manual -- scan0001.pdf)

marty marty , Sep 24, 2009; 03:22 a.m.

I have talked to a Fuji Pro rep after trying to use a 4 gig card many times that the s2s hardware will not recognize anything larger than 2 gigs.
I've been a professional photographer for over 30 years and after having to give up my extensive Hasselblad system I chose the S2 and still love this camera. I just have to keep looking for older cards for now.

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