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Old Apr 20, 2005, 6:55 PM   #1
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Hi:

I have been told by Nikon the max MB for CF card for the 990 and 4500 is 128mb. But, I have seen other places where people imply the are using larger ones for the 4500.

Anybody know?

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Old Apr 21, 2005, 9:29 AM   #2
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I went thruogh the same thing when I bought my Nikon 885 years ago. I called, and the Nikon CSR wouldn't budge from saying it would take a lerger memory card. Officially, they only support 128 (Or, I blieve they told me 140 Mb, or 160 Mb). But, I've been running 256 Mb. cards in my 885 for some time, and NEVER had a problem. I've filled it up, couldn't take another picture, and everything turned out OK. But, I do believe you'll run into the 2 Gb. size limit with these cameras, as they're FAT-16 formatted, I believe. Hope this helps.

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Old Apr 21, 2005, 9:36 AM   #3
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Thanks.

I wonder why they don't advocate a larger CF size. Makes sense they would want to promote the largest size it would take. Maybe the error rate goes up and they don't want that.



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Old Apr 21, 2005, 10:20 AM   #4
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If you read through the review conclusion sections here, you'll often see what type of media was used for testing.

In the case of the Nikon Coolpix 4500, a 512mb card was used:

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The 4500's image processor and 32MB DRAM buffer are quite robust. The following timings were based on the camera set to single advance mode, 2272 x 1704, fine JPG quality, auto white balance, continuous AF on, flash off with a 20x 512MB Ridata CF card.
http://www.steves-digicams.com/2002_...n4500_pg6.html

Looking elsewhere, I've seen users report using larger cards (older 1GB IBM Microdrives, newer 1GB CompactFlash Cards). The largest media that Nikon Europe shows as tested in it isa 1GB Microdrive:

Tested Cards List

I didn't spend a lot of time looking for reports, but chances are, anything up to 2GB will work fine in it.

Steve probably knows the answer to this one, since he uses a Coolpix 4500 for product photography.



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Old Apr 21, 2005, 10:37 AM   #5
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The Coolpix 4500 can use any CF card up to 2GB, it is limited by the FAT16 file system that it uses. When it was built there weren't any larger cards available. I wouldn't suggest using a Microdrive as the supplied Li-ion battery is pretty whimpy to begin with and Microdrives consume a lot more power than solid state CF cards.

I use 512MB and 1GB cards in the 4500 all the time with no troubles.
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Old Apr 21, 2005, 10:50 AM   #6
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Thanks all for the replies.



I assume that goes for my 990 as well.

I wish Nikon would keep this line going. It would like to see one in

6 to 8 megapixels. All gear would interchange.



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You notice that info is on a western Europe website. Asias website has

more info too. http://www.nikon.com.sg/than the US site.

I wanted to find out about the Nikon scopes for digiscoping and wound up on the Singapore site for the info. The US site doesn't even have pictures up let alone descriptions.

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Sorry, try this http://www.nikon.com.sg/PRODUCT/bino...igiScoping.htm
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