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    I just recently bought my first DSLR camera; a Nikon D5100. Let the battery charge while I was at work, and I just got home and started messing around with it.

    I've never used a DSLR before, so maybe I'm doing something wrong, but the camera keeps saying there's no SD card inserted. I have an 8GB SD card in it, and if I pop it out and back in, it'll recognize it. But after I take one or two pictures, it stops and says that I have no SD card again.

    Is this a common problem? Am I doing something wrong, or is my camera messed up?

  • #2
    Send it to NIkon: the memory card slot unit needs to be replaced. This will be covered under warranty.

    It's a rare but still occasional issue with any camera.
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    • #3
      Ah, solved it. It was (thankfully) the SD card, not the camera. I switched to my backup 2GB, and it worked fine with no problems. Not sure what's wrong with the 8GB, since it works fine in my S8100, but I ordered a 32GB to replace it and hold more photos.

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      • #4
        Did you try formatting the card in your new camera?
        Also what brands of cards are you using?
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        • #5
          Did you get it off of ebay? You really gotta be careful on there. I speak from experience....
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          • #6
            Originally posted by bridgesro View Post
            Ah, solved it. It was (thankfully) the SD card, not the camera. I switched to my backup 2GB, and it worked fine with no problems. Not sure what's wrong with the 8GB, since it works fine in my S8100, but I ordered a 32GB to replace it and hold more photos.
            I'd assumed you'd done that already. Silly me.

            DON'T get a 32GB card. That's a LOT of eggs in one basket. I vastly prefer 4GB cards.
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            • #7
              I bought a brand new sandisk 16gb about a year ago, it lasted maybe two weeks and about 400 photos before it died. It wouldn't recognize in the camera, or in a pc even after numerous attempts to format. Tossed it in the trash and moved on with life.
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              • #8
                Yeah, I had formatted the 8GB card in the camera when I first put it in. It was a Sandisk 8GB SDHC, which Nikon's website said is compatible. I only had the darn thing for about a month too (I had originally bought it for my S8100, which works fine with it, and I bought the card from Wal-Mart). I was planning on getting a bigger SD card later on and using the 8GB as a backup, but I'll probably buy a new card sooner since the 2GB can only take a little over 200 pictures before filling up, and I take far more than that when I go out to shoot, lol.

                I know it may not be the smartest to put all my photos on one card, and I don't intend on doing that. I usually swap the photos over to my computer as soon as I get back from shooting, and then back them up on an external drive. I just want plenty of space for my longer shoots where I tend to take anywhere between 500-1000 pictures

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by bridgesro View Post

                  I know it may not be the smartest to put all my photos on one card, and I don't intend on doing that. I usually swap the photos over to my computer as soon as I get back from shooting, and then back them up on an external drive. I just want plenty of space for my longer shoots where I tend to take anywhere between 500-1000 pictures
                  And what happens if the card cuts out half way through a shoot?
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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by bridgesro View Post
                    Yeah, I had formatted the 8GB card in the camera when I first put it in. It was a Sandisk 8GB SDHC, which Nikon's website said is compatible. I only had the darn thing for about a month too (I had originally bought it for my S8100, which works fine with it, and I bought the card from Wal-Mart). I was planning on getting a bigger SD card later on and using the 8GB as a backup, but I'll probably buy a new card sooner since the 2GB can only take a little over 200 pictures before filling up, and I take far more than that when I go out to shoot, lol.

                    I know it may not be the smartest to put all my photos on one card, and I don't intend on doing that. I usually swap the photos over to my computer as soon as I get back from shooting, and then back them up on an external drive. I just want plenty of space for my longer shoots where I tend to take anywhere between 500-1000 pictures
                    Yeah, I've not had much luck with Sandisk lately. Don't think I'll spend my money on their product anymore in the near future.

                    As for card size, I like to have a 16gb on hand for shooting video, but other than that...8gb cards seem to give me plenty of shots on each card.
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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by OsmosisStudios View Post
                      And what happens if the card cuts out half way through a shoot?
                      I switch out my backup card. It's not that big a deal for me, since I'm still an amateur and I don't have people paying me for photos

                      Originally posted by High_Speed View Post
                      Yeah, I've not had much luck with Sandisk lately. Don't think I'll spend my money on their product anymore in the near future.

                      As for card size, I like to have a 16gb on hand for shooting video, but other than that...8gb cards seem to give me plenty of shots on each card.
                      I've never had problems with Sandisk until this incident, so I hope it was just a fluke for me. If I have problems with the 32GB, I'll be very upset. What brand did you switch to?

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by bridgesro View Post
                        I've never had problems with Sandisk until this incident, so I hope it was just a fluke for me. If I have problems with the 32GB, I'll be very upset. What brand did you switch to?
                        I've actually been using Transcend here lately with no problems.
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                        • #13
                          FWIW. The largest size card I use is 8gb. More often than not I'm using two or four gb cards.

                          Murphy's Law of SD cards states if you fill a 16 or 32gb card with the best pictures you've ever taken, something bad will happen.

                          I had a Fuji 2gb card fail. Lost about 30 pictures. But the rest of the trip was fine since I used a bunch of small cards instead of one big card.
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                          • #14
                            Are SD card failures that common a problem? This is the first time I've ever had an issue with one. I'll keep that in mind with future purchases. How many SD cards should I have on hand for just one camera?

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by High_Speed View Post
                              Yeah, I've not had much luck with Sandisk lately. Don't think I'll spend my money on their product anymore in the near future.

                              As for card size, I like to have a 16gb on hand for shooting video, but other than that...8gb cards seem to give me plenty of shots on each card.
                              Sandisk cards are the most forged ones out there..... "cheap" online deals are almost always forgeries.
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