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Memory chips I have a 4GB memory chip in my SLR camera, yet I can't take more than 160 pictures. I have another camera with only 1GB chip and I can take 1000 pictures. What am I doing wrong with my SLR camera? Thank you.

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You need to adjust down the resolution you are shooting in. Fine JPG vs RAW makes a big difference on how much memory goes into each image. RAW will mean more data in each image, but fewer images will fit.

Posted on Apr 26, 2009

You are either taking pics in RAW mode or not compressing much so less will fit. Seem like you are doing RAW+HQ. RAW alone will take about 14MB for each pic and add a few more for the HQ. 160 sounds reasonable for this camera. I have the same one but I rarely use RAW.
Oh.. don't compare D-SLR to a point and shoot. They don't come close at all.

Posted on Jun 15, 2008

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