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Registered: ‎12-29-2014

K-3 "Memory Card Error" - Almost tried everything...

Hi everyone! 

 

I've recently bought a Pentax K3 camera and a 32GB SanDisk Extreme Plus card (80MB/s) as it was listed in the compatible cards on the Pentax K3 page: http://support.us.ricoh-imaging.com/node/1804

 

The thing is that the K3 shows "Memory Card Error" on the display when I put the card in.

I've tried formatting the card on Windows in FAT32, exFAT and NTSC in both slow and fast modes and with a special software but it doesn't work. I've also checked the firmware version of my camera but it seems to be the latest update (1.11). I even tried to put the card in the SD slot 2 but it doesn't change anything.

After browsing threads on Google, I saw that some expensive cards like SanDisk or Sony may cause compatibility problems with some devices. One guy told that sometimes it might be better to buy a cheap card than an expensive one.

 

So, I would simply like to know what more I can do before buying another card.

 

Thanks for caring and sorry for my English; I'm French.

 

- Greg K.

 

Newbie
Posts: 20
Registered: ‎08-31-2014

Re: K-3 "Memory Card Error" - Almost tried everything...

I assume you have formatted it in camera.  I've not heard of any problems with Sanadisk cards in Pentax cameras, Sony yes - best to avoid Sony cards.  If it doesn't fomat in camera it's probably a bad card, do you have another card to make sure the camera is not at fault? 

Newbie
Posts: 20
Registered: ‎08-31-2014

Re: K-3 "Memory Card Error" - Almost tried everything...

Also make sure the card doesn't have a write protect switch engaged.

Newbie
Posts: 2
Registered: ‎12-03-2014

Re: K-3 "Memory Card Error" - Almost tried everything...

Just got a card error for the first time in years.  Was speck of dust on the contacts.  Since I was out I just blew on it and it was fine.

Newbie
Posts: 6
Registered: ‎12-29-2014

Re: K-3 "Memory Card Error" - Almost tried everything...

Yes, I have an old 4GB Class-6 Fujifilm card that works fine in the camera. I've also tried another unknown 2GB card that works as well. 

Newbie
Posts: 6
Registered: ‎12-29-2014

Re: K-3 "Memory Card Error" - Almost tried everything...

Yup, it's disabled. 

Newbie
Posts: 6
Registered: ‎12-29-2014

Re: K-3 "Memory Card Error" - Almost tried everything...

I've tried to blow on the card and in the contacts inside the SD slot as I already had this problem on another device a while ago but it doesn't change anything. 

Newbie
Posts: 6
Registered: ‎12-29-2014

Re: K-3 "Memory Card Error" - Almost tried everything...

Simple question: aren't Pentax cameras limited for high-speed SD cards?

 

Let's suppose that the K-3 cannot accept cards over 60Mb/s of writing speed, this would explain why my card doesn't work. I have to find another high-speed card of another brand to see if it comes for this type of cards of just my SanDisk. 

It'd be disappointing though: it'd be a shame if the K-3 is limited to basic cards while Pentax praises a reactive camera with good continuous-shooting capacities. 

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Posts: 20
Registered: ‎08-31-2014

Re: K-3 "Memory Card Error" - Almost tried everything...

I looked on Pentax forums and there is no problems with this card, or even faster cards. I would return it as defective. Even if the card is faster than the camera it will still work
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Posts: 6
Registered: ‎12-29-2014

Re: K-3 "Memory Card Error" - Almost tried everything...

I'm gonna try another high-speed card of another brand before considering returning it. It sucks. :/

 

But thank you everyone for your help. :)