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PowerShot A510 I keep getting "Memory Card Error" with every card I try.

tokkitart
Apprentice

I'm using the PowerShot A510 and I've tried several card types. A 16 gb, 32, and even a 128 but every single time it says "Memory Card Error" and I don't know how to fix this. I really want to use this digi cam for my next trip so if anyone could tell me the problem and give me advice please do so!! 🙂

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shadowsports
Legend
Legend

Greetings,

Are you using full-size memory cards or microSD with an adapter?  If you're having issues with multiple cards, it's probably the card reader in the camera.  If not already done, perform a full settings reset and retry. If the behavior continues, the slot might be damaged or the camera is malfunctioning.

~Rick
Bay Area - CA


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The 128 is a microSD with an adaptor but the 32 and 16 were sandisk cards. I checked the manual and it said to use 2gb sd cards instead but I don't know if that's true or not. And I dont know how to perform a full settings reset.. I've never had a camera like this before

rs-eos
Elite
Elite

The camera seems to pre-date SDXC as well as SDHC memory cards.  Page 145 in the User Manual mentions the following cards:

  • MMC-16M (16 Megabytes)
  • SDC-128M (128 Megabytes)
  • SDC-512MSH (512 Megabytes)

While I didn't do much searching, I could not find a company still selling those types of cards.

--
Ricky

Camera: EOS 5D IV, EF 50mm f/1.2L, EF 135mm f/2L
Lighting: Profoto Lights & Modifiers

**bleep** if that's the case i'm never gonna get to use this camera 😂

The camera was released back in 2004.  So at this point, I would recommend looking at a much newer model.  Used or refurbished point-and-shoots that would be able to use SDXC cards (do though always use full-sized cards).   Or, if you have a smart phone, use that during your trip instead.

--
Ricky

Camera: EOS 5D IV, EF 50mm f/1.2L, EF 135mm f/2L
Lighting: Profoto Lights & Modifiers

shadowsports
Legend
Legend

Glad Ricky took a look.  I did not catch the A510 and was thinking Elph 510.

Respectfully, the A510 is a 3.2MP camera and cannot compare with a decent cell phone as RS-EOS mentioned.  I'd probably abandon trying to find a compatible card for this 19 yr old camera.  

~Rick
Bay Area - CA


~R5 C (1.0.6.1) ~RF Trinity, ~RF 100 Macro, ~RF 100~400, ~RF 100~500, +RF 1.4x TC, +Canon Control Ring, BG-R10, 430EX III-RT ~DxO PhotoLab Elite ~DaVinci Resolve ~Windows11 Pro ~ImageClass MF644Cdw/MF656Cdw ~Pixel 8
~CarePaks Are Worth It

normadel
Authority
Authority

You might explore local computer service shops, or camera shops to see if anyone has old small-capacity SD cards laying around. Or Ebay. 

If you private-message me I can hook you up with some 2-4-8 GB cards. I have some.

thanks for trying to help but i just bought one before i saw this lol. thanks again!! 

Hi, where did you buy a memory card for that camera? I have been looking to buy one for my Canon Powershot A510. Thanks

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