Nikon Coolpix 990 - max CF card size.

Discussion in 'Digital Photography' started by tim sewell, Aug 1, 2003.

  1. tim sewell

    tim sewell Guest

    Firstly, an apology to anyone who was about to respond to my (hastily
    cancelled) typo-ridden post asking this very same question about a Coolpix
    995 (which I have never owned). It's been a long day, and my fingers got
    well ahead of my ageing brain.

    I am currently using a 128MB CF card in my 990, but will soon be buying a
    larger capacity card for my new D100. I would prefer to have maximum
    flexibility of CF card use, so that I might swap cards between D100 and 990
    if/when I want. (Please don't ask me why I would want to - I just think it
    could be handy some time :)).

    Does anyone have personal experience of using cards larger than 128 MB with
    a Coolpix 990, and if so - what is the limit?

    TIA Tim S.
    tim sewell, Aug 1, 2003
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    Alan F Cross Guest

    I've looked at the Nikon site, and they say 196MB max. SanDisk say the
    same, but claim to have tested with 512MB (just their own brand, of
    course). I've just bought a 1GB for my soon-to-arrive 10D, but am
    resigned to not using it in the 990.

    Swapping cards between cameras can cause problems. I took my 128MB
    Kingston out of my Nikon when testing a couple of Canon cameras. I
    reformatted it in the Canon compact, but could not read it in the Nikon,
    or transfer files to PC, until I had reformatted it in the 990 (losing
    all my Canon pix - as I had no reader!). Also, you may find some folder
    and image numbering issues unless you re-format each time.

    I believe there is a difference in the file format between older and
    newer cameras - the newer ones use FAT32 to allow for large capacity
    cards, so clearly this will not work on your 990 unless you re-format.

    More hassle than it's worth, IMV.
    Alan F Cross, Aug 1, 2003
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  3. tim sewell

    Alan F Cross Guest

    Correction to my post below. Nikon claim 160MB max in the 990
    Alan F Cross, Aug 1, 2003
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    wes Guest

    I am using a 256 M compact flash card in my CP990 and don't seem to have any
    problems as yet. I don't use the same card for the D10 as I do for the 990
    so can't comment on that. I have never taken enough pictures with the 990 to
    fill up the card though. Maybe there will be a problem if I try to fill it
    up. I have no idea what the maximum limit might be.
    wes, Aug 1, 2003
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    Alan F Cross Guest

    Is the camera indicating maximum capacity? In fine hi-res JPEG mode your
    camera should indicate 162 or 163 image capacity when the card is empty.
    In practice you would probably get in excess of 200. If it shows less
    than 162 then it is not working the way it should.
    Alan F Cross, Aug 1, 2003
  6. tim sewell

    tim sewell Guest

    That is a good point, but I think I would only be using one of my
    (yet-to-be-purchased) D100 cards in the 990 on rare occasions, so perhaps
    the need to reformat would not be all that onerous.

    Since Wes is clearly able to use a 256 MB card in his 990 (even if it is not
    being used to its full capacity ?), then I now intend to buy a 256 MB card
    for the D100 for the moment. Then after I see whether I really need any
    more capacity, I can buy another 256 MB or 512 MB at some time in the future
    when the prices have dropped even further.

    Thankyou both for your help.
    tim sewell, Aug 1, 2003
  7. tim sewell

    tim sewell Guest

    I may just be talking to myself, but I have just done a test which may be of
    interest to others.

    After a long period of indecision, I actually bought a 512 MB Sandisk Ultra
    CF Card for my D100.
    I have formatted the new card in my Coolpix 990, and the 990 appears to
    recognize its full capacity.

    Thus with an empty 64 mB card, at 'Full' size and 'Fine' quality, the 990
    shows 40 shots available.
    With the 512 MB card (at the same settings) it shows 325.
    tim sewell, Aug 2, 2003
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