Now that you have your card, let’s talk about formatting for a minute. When you purchase any new SD card, you can pop it into your camera and start shooting right away—and probably everything will work as it should. However, what you should do first is format the card in the camera. This process allows the camera to set up the card to record images from your camera. Just as a computer hard drive must be formatted, formatting your card ensures that it is properly initialized. The card may work in the camera without first being formatted, but chances of failure down the road are much higher.
As a general practice, I always format new cards or cards that have been used in different cameras. I also reformat cards after I have downloaded my images and want to start a new shooting session. Note that you should always format your card in the camera, not your computer. Using the computer could render the card useless. You should also pay attention to the card manufacturer’s recommendations in
respect to moisture, humidity, and proper handling procedures. It sounds a little clichéd, but when it comes to protecting your images, every little bit helps.
How to format a memory card
- Insert your memory card into the camera.
- Press the Menu button and navigate to the Setup menu screen.
- Use the Multi-selector on the back of the camera to highlight the Format Memory Card option and press OK (A).
- Next you will have the option of formatting Slot 1 or Slot 2. Pick the appropriate card slot to format and click OK (B).
- The next screen will show you a warning, letting you know that formatting the card will delete images (C). Select Yes and press the OK button.
- The card is now formatted and ready for use.