D80 - Memory Card

Big Red Doberman

Senior Member
I decided that I needed more than 1 memory card - It's hard to find 4gig cards, so after reading several old posts, I found that the D80 could handle some of the higher capacity cards. I went with an 8gig card - same brand as the one that I know works. My problem is that the camera registers it as having 20 shots available. I can take 20 pictures and the counter still says that I have 20 shots available.

Has anyone else had this problem? I checked the OS version and I am at the current version... For those that are old enough to remember DOS - when hard drives came out, you could have a larger hard drive than DOS would recognize and it still would work, I am wondering if this is a similar problem, just on a camera platform.

comments - ideas -


Big Red Doberman

Senior Member
Yes - that was the first thing I did. I took some pictures - was able to retrieve them, formatted in the camera again, took some pictures - was able to retrieve them. I then formatted it in the laptop - took some pictures and was able to retrieve them. I took over 40 pictures at one time, and the counter was never going below 20. At this point, based on my IT experience, I think the camera can see the card, but the os can only see up to a certain size. I could most likely keep on using the card, but I would never know how many shots I had left available to take. I am going to stick it in the camera bag for backup - just in case I need it one day.

Always format in the camera and never on the computer. It may work but it is designed to only be formated in the camera.

This is what Nikon says about SD cards for your camera

Question: Which SD storage cards have been approved for use with D80?

The following SD memory cards have been approved for use in the D80 digital SLR. All cards of the designated make and capacity can be used, regardless of speed.

Nikon 512MB, 1GB
SanDisk 64MB, 128MB, 256MB, 512MB, 1GB, 2GB1, 4GB2
Panasonic 64MB, 128MB, 256MB, 512MB, 1GB, 2GB1, 4GB2
Toshiba 64MB, 128MB, 256MB, 512MB, 1GB, 2GB1

All SD memory cards indicated above can be used regardless of their transfer speed.
Lexar Media
256 MB, 512 MB, 1 GB
Platinum II (60x) series: 512 MB, 1 GB
Professional (133x) series: 1 GB, 2 GB1

1 If the memory card will be used with a card reader or other device, the device must support 2-GB SD memory cards.
2 SDHC-compliant.

Other brands and capacities of cards may work, but Nikon cannot guarantee their operation. Check with the manufacturer of the third-party card for compatibility information. Nikon recommends keeping one of the approved cards available for troubleshooting.