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Old May 18, 2003, 6:52 PM   #1
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Default Sandisk SD Card Problems with FZ1

I purchased an FZ1 from GoodGuys in Portland, OR

The camera works fine with the Panasonic 8 MB card, but when I put in the SanDisk 256 MB card I bought from NewEgg, the cam says something like "Card Error--Would you like to format?" When I select format, it says "Format Error." After fiddling with it for some time, I finally got the card to format and it worked for a little while, then quit.

Reading other posts on other sites, it seems that SanDisk cards are working well in these cams, so I don't know what's going on. I currently have an RMA in process with NewEgg on this card.

I was at WalMart the other night and found a Panasonic brand 256MB SD card for $98. (A full $30 less than NewEgg!) I bought one of these and it works great.

What's the point of all this? I recommend being careful with SanDisk brand SD cards in this cam. Make sure you can return it if it doesn't work. I'll post a followup when I recieve a new SanDisk card from NewEgg. It may be a bad card, but I did manage to read and write to it using my PC's card reader.

BTW, other than shipping taking a long time (10 days), GoodGuys.com was a great place to buy this camera. I got it for $405 with free shipping (this is the hard-to-find black one, FZ1K). The salesman was very good, minimal upsell, and was upfront with me on how long it would take to ship.
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Old May 19, 2003, 1:02 PM   #2
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I'm thinking it was the card because I'm using a SanDisk 128MB w/no problems. I just ordered a PNY 128MB from Staples (Staples is having a 2 for 1 special on PNY Get two PNY 128's for $60 after a mail-in rebate). I'll let you know how the PNY's do after I get them.
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Old Jun 7, 2003, 7:02 PM   #3
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Default My new SanDisk card works fine

I got my new SanDisk card and it works fine. That's the first time I've had a bad memory module.

It's interesting that it worked fine in my PC's card reader, but wouldn't work in the camera.
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