How to Save Money on Camera Memory

We recently bought a fantastic new camera, and it uses an SD card. It came with an 8Gb card, which is wholly inadequate for what we do, especially when shooting video. So we stepped it up.

For some reason, a MicroSD card is cheaper than its significantly larger cousin, the standard SD card. Perhaps this is due to high demand in the phone and tablet markets, or maybe it’s just electronics demons trying to drive us mad.

64gb-micro-sd-on-my-handIn any case, I had the choice between a 64Gb MicroSD card, or a standard SD card of the same capacity for about $70… The tiny one came with an adapter, so I gave it a shot.

It showed up in the mail and it was just plain adorable. I plugged it into the adapter, tossed it in my camera and… nothing. Didn’t even register. I Googled the problem, but hit dead ends. I deduced it wasn’t even making the connections. I tried a different adapter with the same results. My camera simply wouldn’t recognize my Micro SD card with adapter.

I tried it again. I pushed the card all the way in by hand, a tad past the normal resting place, and voila… “Card Cannot Be Used”… success! It finally recognized that a card was there.

I put the card in my laptop and performed a FORMAT operation, they poked it back in the camera. While holding it firmly in place, it showed a good card with over 9,999 pictures available to take. I took my finger off and the card disappeared from the camera’s world.

To fix this, I cut out a tiny square of paper and inserted it along with the Micro SD Card adapter, to hold the connections tight, and it worked. Now my $18 64-gig Micro SD is doing the job of of a $70 standard SD card.

It records video on the fly as well as it should, all the pictures come out error-free… I just saved a huge stack of money.

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