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That depends on the image resolution and image quality. At the highest resolution and best quality you may be able to hold about 30 pictures. At the lowest resolution and least quality you may be able to hold about 1500 pictures.
set your pixel ratio to the largest setting, this means less pictures per memory, but higher picture quality. Also if possible adjust your iso to the highest setting, as well as the shutter speed, having both of these settings set to the highest point will require more light for picture taking, however will result in the highest quality image.
SHQ1 and HQ are two different levels of compression to make the file smaller. This will have a great impact on the image quality.
Generally on Olympus cameras, this is what those letters mean:
TIFF (highest (best) quality) generally not used. Files are HUGE and takes a long time for the camera to save the image to the card.
SHQ (super high quality) you probably wouldn't be able to tell the difference between this and the TIFF
HQ (high quality) which is lower quality than SHQ
SQ (standard quality) which is lower quality than HQ
SQ1 (standard quality 1) which is lower quality that SQ
SQ2 (standard quality 2) which is lower quality that SQ1
A 2048x1536 only seems large because most people have their monitors set to 800x600 or maybe 1024x768 (that's what I have mine set at).
This will seem to make the image REALLY LARGE! It only seems that way because you have to scroll around to see the image.
If you want to print images, you'll want all the resolution you can get.
If you want to display them on your screen (slide show,WEB page) then you don't need large images. You would just need to resize them down.
However, since you may want to both, getting a camera with a higher resolution gives you the choice to do either. Usually, the higher resolution cameras have better lenses and generally take better pictures.
On my camera (the Oly 2100), I always shoot at the highest resolution and the least amount of compression (SHQ on my camera). This allows me to do almost anything with the image. Nowadays, camera media (smart cards) are fairly cheap, HD's are DIRT cheap and CD-Rs are very cheap.
If the images are "keepers", then I personally would want to start with the best image possible and store the images on CD.
The details for each record mode are as follows:
RAW: RAW data is unprocessed image data in its original state to which white balance, sharpness, contrast, color conversion and other processes have not been applied. CAMEDIA Master can be used to display RAW data and save it in other image formats. A RAW plug-in is also available for Adobe Photoshop which also provides the ability to process images in 32-bit color depth.
TIFF: This is the highest-quality mode. images are saved as uncompressed data, which is the best for printing or image processing on a computer.
SHQ: This is a high quality mode using the JPEG format. Because the compression rate is very low, high quality images can be stored.
HQ: This is a high quality mode using JPEG format, with medium compression. Because the compression rate is higher than SHQ, file sizes are smaller. More images can be saved to a card. The file size can be changed in the 3:2 or Enlarge size mode as well as SHQ.
3:2 Mode: Ordinarily the image aspect ratio is set to 4:3. Due to change the ratio to 3:2, the picture size becomes 2592 x 1728 so that the image can be printed without losing the image borders at a photo lab. 3:2 can be set in the TIFF, SHQ, or HQ mode.
SQ1: SQ1 uses the highest compression for resolutions greater than 1600 x 1200. You can choose high compression to reduce noise or normal compression to save more images.
SQ2: SQ2 uses the highest compression for resolutions less than 1600 x 1200. You can choose high compression to reduce noise or normal compression to save more images.