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SD Card Size


3 Mar 2020 3:01AM
Newbie here. I just a used Sony Live-View Remote RM-LVR2 camera. It apparently came with a 34GB or a 64GB micro SD card, but it's missing. Since I'm going to buy a card, I'd like to get the largest card the camera will handle. Does anybody know if this camera will handle a 128GB or 256GB micro SD card?

Thank you.
AliceJT 1 12 United Kingdom
3 Mar 2020 6:29AM
The RM-LVR2 is a waterproof remote control, it's not itself a camera, it controls different Sony action cameras. It doesn't take a card and doesn't work without being connected, via Wi-Fi, to a compatible camera
3 Mar 2020 8:19AM
Thank you Alice. I see what you mean. On the camera startup guide paperwork, it refers to the camera as HDR-AS200V. Elsewhere in the paperwork it says SSIDGrinIRECT-3k H6:HDR-AS200V. And finally the guide provides a web address for an online instruction manual for "Digital 4K Video Camera Recorder/Digital HD Video Camera Recorder FDR-X1000V/HDR-AS200V"

Does any of this help in identifying the Sony action camera? Sorry to sound so daft, it's all totally new to me.

Thank you.
philstan 4 556 United Kingdom
3 Mar 2020 9:01AM
Try reading the manual for the HDR-AS200V! This states the maximum size card as 64GB.
3 Mar 2020 9:10AM
I have found in the past whenever a manual states a maximum card size, realistically speaking the device can accept a larger card. I've been told a 128GB card will work. Trying to find out if that's the max, or if maybe someone has experienced a 256GB card working.
saltireblue Plus
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3 Mar 2020 9:30AM

Quote:I have found in the past whenever a manual states a maximum card size, realistically speaking the device can accept a larger card. I've been told a 128GB card will work. Trying to find out if that's the max, or if maybe someone has experienced a 256GB card working.

The recommended maximum size is in place for a reason - it's not just a figure plucked out of the air. Ignoring the advice given by the manufacturer may result in damage to the equipment and possible negation of any guarantee that is in place.
AliceJT 1 12 United Kingdom
3 Mar 2020 9:52AM
Satierblue: we have never realised that you could damage your equipment by using a higher capacity memory card. My partner seems to think that the camera would be unable to format such a card and display an error message.

Paul: even if a large capacity card does work you risk losing more of your videos and images if they are all 'eggs in the same basket'. You might be better off using 2 or 3 smaller cards. If one fails or the camera is lost on a trip you would still have something rather than nothing.
PRC 6 305 United Kingdom
3 Mar 2020 9:53AM
It may also be that the camera's system can only use up to 64GB regardless of the size of the card, so a bigger card, while it will "work" will only do so up to 64GB and so is a waste of money. Also, it's often argued that it's better to use several smaller cards than one big one in case of card failure - the 'all your eggs in one basket' scenario.
3 Mar 2020 12:29PM
Thank you all for your helpful comments. My "assumption" is the manufacturer takes a CYA approach, leaving a little bit of available room on said card to ensure that none of the negative results mentioned here actually do occur. But we all know how the word "assume" is derived. In any event, I'm going to chance it with a 128GB card.
AliceJT 1 12 United Kingdom
3 Mar 2020 3:09PM
Cards that become corrupt due to write errors and cards that totally fail electronically or fall apart physically are commonplace even when using the recommended sizes. We've had 3 fails in as many years.

The only CYA approach manufacturers use is to provide twin-card slots on high end cameras to allow writing of two copies of every shot so that a card failure doesn't mean the loss of, e.g., precious wedding photos.
4 Mar 2020 2:20AM
Just to finish this off, I also asked Sony about the SD card size for the HDRAS200V. Here is their response:

"The 128GB card is compatible to work with the HDRAS200V action camera"

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