May 05 2007

Digital Camera Memory Cards

Published by at 6:20 am under Tips and Ideas

Does it really make a difference what size memory card you use? To your camera, no; to you, however, it could mean the difference between getting the picture you want or running out of space on your memory card.

When choosing the most logical size, take into account how many pictures you usually take at a time. Your needs if you are a world traveler will be different from those of a person who only uses a camera for holiday get-togethers. You also need to decide how big the files are of the pictures you take.

Here is the approximate capacity of a 128 MB card:

  • 2 megapixel camera – 142 photos
  • 3 megapixel camera – 106 photos
  • 4 megapixel camera – 64 photos
  • 5 megapixel camera – 51 photos
  • 6 megapixel camera – 40 photos
  • 8 megapixel camera – 30 photos

As you can see, if you own a 2 mp camera, two-128 MB cards may be all you need to start. However, if you have a newer 7 or 8 mp camera, you probably want at least two-512 MB cards.

Whatever you decide, remember you can always use several smaller cards and just change them when they are full. It only takes a few seconds to switch memory cards, so don’t panic if you don’t have a large memory card. I always recommend that you own a minimum of two (2) cards. Never go through life with only one. Currently, I have eight (8) cards. As prices dropped, I took advantage of sales to pick up bigger cards. I have some 256 MB ones, some 512 MB, and my newest is a 2 GB. I can now go to the company or church picnics and take about 800 photos. (actually, my cards will hold up to 1,200, but my 2 batteries are only good for about 800!!) I can shoot like crazy and just throw away the majority of the photos.

Don’t be caught without capacity when interesting things are happening. Get extra memory cards.

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