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How many pics will fit on a 1 GB memory card?

Brad Croyle , Apr 03, 2006; 08:54 p.m.

Hi all, I will be getting a Nikon D-50 soon and am trying to figure out how many pictures will fit on a 1GB memory card so I will be able to find out how many I need to buy. I will be shooting NEF files to the highest resolution I can. The clerk at the camera store claimed that I can fit about 500 highest quality pics on a GB card, but this does not seem right, and he didn't seem to know much about the camera either. Does anybody know?

Thanks, Brad


Dave Lee , Apr 03, 2006; 09:02 p.m.

three, sir! three, well not really...

I seem to remember my D70 told me it could hold 121 RAW+JPG or about 168 high quality JPG. My advice is to shoot RAW+JPG all the time and forget about it.


Dale Bergersen , Apr 03, 2006; 09:43 p.m.

Wow, not 500! what a dolt. the D50 puts 132-133 (long exposure noise compression takes extra room)NEFs on 1G DS card.

R Jackson , Apr 03, 2006; 09:43 p.m.

My empty 1GB card in my D50 shows room for 135 images set for RAW. This is a compressed RAW (uncompressed not available on the D50) and may vary depending on the visual complexity of the shots. But, you should get roughly this number.

Ilkka Nissila , Apr 03, 2006; 10:38 p.m.

D50 files should be approximately the same size as D70 files, they're both 6 MP compressed NEF. I believe I got about 170 NEFs on one 1 GB card. With uncompressed NEFs of the D200, I now get a mere 60 so be happy!

Richard Cox , Apr 03, 2006; 11:35 p.m.

Buy at least two. More if you can afford it.

Michael R. Freeman , Apr 03, 2006; 11:57 p.m.

You can estimate the capacity yourself using the following:


Brad Croyle , Apr 04, 2006; 10:52 a.m.

thanks to all for the info. so it sounds like I can get about 130 or so of the highest quality pics on a GB card! Not too bad! I am going to Maine next month. I will certainly switch to digital. The cost of film, processing, and shipment will be recovered in one trip alone it seems! Plus I get to see the results right there. I hope I can edit the NEF files in Adobe CS.

Thanks, Brad

Brian Y , Apr 04, 2006; 12:01 p.m.

Dale, the long exposure NR doesn't take up any extra space on the card. It takes extra time, but not extra space.

Brad, you camera store clerk was obviously ill-informed, but I'm also a bit surprised by those who only get 130. With the D70, when shooting RAW only (no JPG), you get quite a few more (170-180). That's more inline with what Michael and Ilkka posted above. Maybe the D50 shows 130 remaining to be conservative, but actually holds more? (The D70 was programmed this way at one point).

If you're going to be out shooting for multiple days, I'd think you'd want more than one card if you don't have a laptop. Luckily CF cards are cheap these days (don't buy at that camera store though - check out Buy.com, Amazon, and NewEgg.com).

Brad Croyle , Apr 04, 2006; 02:14 p.m.

Thanks for the help. Brian, I will take back the card I got at the store and save about 30 bucks! I hope I can get about 150 pics on a card. This will be way cheaper than film in the long run.

Thanks, Brad

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