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How many images on CF cards?

15 Apr 2004 7:01PM
Having purchased a Canon 300D, could anyone tell me how many photos I could get on a 256mb compactflash card, at the 6MP setting? Or do you have a general chart that would show how many photos per card?


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normanw Plus
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15 Apr 2004 7:09PM
This will vary a little according to the ISO setting and the colour/detail in the pictures but at the highest quality jpg, you should get about 70-72 shots on the 256 card.

If you use RAW, you will only get 30-34 shots on the same size card.

This is based on my experience with two 128 cards - hence the reason I carry an X-drive to transfer them onto.
strawman Plus
14 22.1k 16 United Kingdom
15 Apr 2004 7:15PM
With a 256 card my 300D predicts 78 @ISO 100 77 @200, 71@400 65@800, 60 @ 1,600. Go RAW and its 34 @ ISO 100. As it depends on actual photo's the numbers vary of course.

I have a 512Mb card and I recommend it rather than the 256Mb as its easy to fill with this camera. Oh and get at least 40x as they are down to @80 now and you can use the extra speed. The 51 doubles the above number of photo's of course.
dark_lord Plus
13 2.1k 508 England
16 Apr 2004 8:34PM
If you have the 300D, look at page 49 of the instruction book!

Details are given for a 128 MB card (at all resolutions). Simple maths to work it out for the larger cards.
17 Apr 2004 1:05PM
Thanks everyone. I've purchased the camera, but am waiting on it being delivered, so I don't have a manual yet! :o)

All the best
17 Apr 2004 3:05PM
From what I have learnt, don't put all your photo's in one basket, try to use 2-3 cards (say 128mb) rather than 1 card with a higher memory.
7 Jun 2004 11:31AM
If it's sheer quantity that you're after I've started using a 4Gb Hitachi Microdrive with my 300D and I'm pleased with the results (although storage is noticably slower). If you need to take multiple shots quickly, then go for a fast CF card (as mentioned above the 40x cards are getting more affordable). As for multiple cards - I'd agree (I currently use a 512Mb card and 2 microdrives). I paid 274 inc. shipping for my pair of 4Gb drives from a guy on eBay.

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