Lumix Memory

Discussion in 'Panasonic Lumix' started by Stormin Mormon, Oct 2, 2008.

  1. A couple years ago, bought a Panasonic Lumix LS-70. Since that time, I've
    used two features, the photo and the silent movies. But, done a lot of
    those. I'm enjoying the pocket size, and take all the pics I want. Don't
    like it? Just push delete, and try again. NiMH batteries also make it
    painless to use.

    Problem is, that 4 GB of SD memory comes up "memory not recognized". A look
    at the owners manual says I need SDHC memory. So I bought one of those, and
    it's also "not recognized". Sure would be nice to have larger than 2 GB
    memory.

    Anyone know the secret to getting larger memory cards to work?
     
    Stormin Mormon, Oct 2, 2008
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  2. Stormin Mormon

    ASAAR Guest

    I have a similar small Lumix, the LZ8. The first and only card
    I've used in it is a Sandisk 4GB Ultra II SDHC card. I popped the
    new, unused card in it and it worked. Not trusting the unknown file
    system, I then formatted it in the LZ8. What 4GB memory card are
    you using and where was it bought? The answer to these questions
    might help rule out whether you got stuck with a buggy counterfeit
    memory card. Some things you can try :

    1. Format the card in your computer's card reader and then see if
    the camera recognizes it. If it does, then format it in the camera.
    If it wasn't recognized, then the problem is either with the card or
    with your camera.

    2. Find a friend or a good camera shop that will allow you to test
    your card in their camera, as well as allowing you to test a known
    good SDHC card in your LS-70. Ideally, that SDHC card would have
    some existing photos taken with another Lumix (not necessarily the
    same model). Lacking this, if the store doesn't have any cards to
    test in your camera, many will allow you to purchase a card, test
    it, and immediately return it for a full refund (for any reason).
    If you need to do this, check first to see if memory card returns
    require restocking fees. I've had no problems getting full refunds
    from stores such as B&H, Staples and Circuit City.
     
    ASAAR, Oct 3, 2008
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  3. That gives me hope. I've got a couple cards off ebay "hey, they are all
    alike". Perhaps I can go to a couple camera shops, and try different brands
    of memory card. That is a very good idea.

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    "David J Taylor"
    message
    Stormin Mormon,

    I can only comment that a couple of brands of SD-HC card appear to work
    correctly in my Panasonic TZ2, which is of a simialr age. I would check
    the cards in the shop /before/ you purchase. Don't attempt to format the
    cards in your computer.

    David
     
    Stormin Mormon, Oct 3, 2008
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  4. The one laying on the keyboard in front of me is a SFINC (whatever brand
    that is) from Ebay. I did get a couple cards from Ebay. Didn't occur to me
    to format them on my computer. I do have adaptor, to connect it to the USB
    port, where it shows up as another drive. At this point, not much to lose. I
    was going to adapt it to USB and use it as a flash drive to move files
    around. At least not wasted space.

    Maybe Sandisk will work better? That's the brand I have in. No clue how to
    format in the camera, unless you mean to open windows explorer, right click
    on the drive, and select format.

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    Christopher A. Young
    Learn more about Jesus
    www.lds.org
    ..


    I have a similar small Lumix, the LZ8. The first and only card
    I've used in it is a Sandisk 4GB Ultra II SDHC card. I popped the
    new, unused card in it and it worked. Not trusting the unknown file
    system, I then formatted it in the LZ8. What 4GB memory card are
    you using and where was it bought? The answer to these questions
    might help rule out whether you got stuck with a buggy counterfeit
    memory card. Some things you can try :

    1. Format the card in your computer's card reader and then see if
    the camera recognizes it. If it does, then format it in the camera.
    If it wasn't recognized, then the problem is either with the card or
    with your camera.

    2. Find a friend or a good camera shop that will allow you to test
    your card in their camera, as well as allowing you to test a known
    good SDHC card in your LS-70. Ideally, that SDHC card would have
    some existing photos taken with another Lumix (not necessarily the
    same model). Lacking this, if the store doesn't have any cards to
    test in your camera, many will allow you to purchase a card, test
    it, and immediately return it for a full refund (for any reason).
    If you need to do this, check first to see if memory card returns
    require restocking fees. I've had no problems getting full refunds
    from stores such as B&H, Staples and Circuit City.
     
    Stormin Mormon, Oct 3, 2008
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  5. I did try that. When I put the card in, it gives me an error message. Can't
    get to the point of formattting. Might try the PC format (nothing to lose).

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    Christopher A. Young
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    "David J Taylor"
    message Stormin Mormon wrote:
    []
    Generic instructions for any camera:

    Menu => Setup => Card format => OK

    Do /not/ format in your PC.

    David
     
    Stormin Mormon, Oct 3, 2008
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  6. Stormin Mormon

    ASAAR Guest

    The reason I asked about the card and where you bought it is
    because as far as I'm aware, most of the counterfeit and
    sub-standard memory cards are bought on eBay. If I were you I
    wouldn't bother using the card since even if you get it to work, it
    stands a greater chance of failing than a "good" card, so you'd risk
    losing any images on the card that weren't yet transferred to your
    computer. I also would not use the card as a flash drive unless you
    have software that can verify the contents of files after transfer.

    Sandisk makes good cards, but bad counterfeit Sandisk cards are
    available, so the only way to avoid them is to buy from a reputable
    dealer. I'm sure that some eBay dealers are reputable but enough
    aren't, so I buy my cards in stores such as B&H, Adorama, J&R,
    Staples, Circuit City, etc.

    If you go to http://www.bhphotovideo.com/ and type SDHC in the
    search box, you'll see a page with many SDHC cards. In the "Sort
    by:" box select "Price: Low to High" and you'll see several 4 GB
    cards ranging in price from $14 to $16, and a 6 GB card from
    Panasonic for $20.
     
    ASAAR, Oct 3, 2008
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