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WALABOOM
03-30-2007, 12:40 PM
:o Hi, Im new to digital cameras and I hope to snag a good canon camera
shortly. I have a question about the quantity of pictures you get from a 16mb
memory card. As well as the 256mb, 1G, 2G???. The info says that the batteries are good for approximately 90 shots. I was wondering about the approximate number of pictures you get from the mentioned card values.Are their any variables that change the approximately number?? Im new to digital
but want to learn. Any comments welcomed. Thanks Walaboom.:rolleyes:

cwat212
03-30-2007, 01:08 PM
All depends on the camera. All the info can be found on this website:

These are the stats for the Canon SD600 which is a 6 mpix camera

http://www.usa.canon.com/consumer/controller?act=ModelTechSpecsAct&fcategoryid=145&modelid=12913

I have this camera and can get several hundred photos taken at the highest resolution on a 2gb card. Video about 15 minutes on the 2gb card at the highest resolution. Batteries last for over a 150 shots approx. On the website you can see different estimates for smaller card sizes and lower resolutions.

My Canon XTi can take hundreds of photos on 1 charge.

WALABOOM
03-30-2007, 01:23 PM
Thanks for the info. Im new to digital, I was hoping to start out with a Canon A540. Use it for a couple of years, and learn. Then work my way up to the next level. Thanks Walaboom.

Voigtlanderr2
03-30-2007, 02:59 PM
just a couple of things to be careful about - as the previous poster said - it really depends on the megapixels of you r given camera- IE -If you have a 2 megapixel camera you'll get alot more on a card than you will if you have a 10 megapixel camera and every camera has different compression levels available so the image files can be made very small. BUT if you set the camera to record the maximum amount of pictures possible on a card - the files are likely to be too small to print well. the largest files will typically give you the better prints - BUT of course they use up the most room on you memory cards.

mcenut
03-30-2007, 04:09 PM
If you are getting the Canon PowerShot A540 then I'd purchase at least a 1GB SD card. That will give you several hundred full resolution shots before you need to download the pictures. But with prices being so low on SD flash cards I'd probably go for the 2GB card.

Don't go crazy on purchasing "High Speed" SD cards for the A540, the camera just isn't going to benefit from that extra speed the card provides. A cheap Kingston card will do you just fine.

Concerning batteries, purchase a set of NiMH rechargeable ones with a 1 hour charger. The cost is nominal considering you will be using and reusing the same batteries for a long time. I'd recommend batteries with at least 2500 mAh for longer lasting performance. I use them in my little PowerShot and it takes over 250 pictures before I need to recharge them.

David Metsky
03-30-2007, 04:29 PM
Yes, a good set of batteries will get you much more then 90 shots as you mentioned. At this point in time, it doesn't pay to buy anything less then a 1G card. Prices are so low. Check newegg.com for good deals.

WALABOOM
03-31-2007, 12:34 PM
Thanks for all the help regarding memory card questions. Each member responding to my request gave me something I could use. Specific recommendations are great ! Website info, battery and card choices are
exactly what NEW digicam people need. Thanks again. Walaboom....:D

WALABOOM
04-02-2007, 12:27 PM
I just had another thought regarding memory cards and capacity.
Can you say take 60 to 80 pictures and download them, then delete the images from your card so that its again empty? Reason being is that I wont have a new computer till late summer. I know that at Walmart or other places
you can download images, then make prints as well as have a CD of the images made for future use. Thats why I was thinking about a smaller card
a 128 or 256 MB. If you get a 1GB or 2GB does it have to be completely empty before it can be downloaded?? Lastly, a basic card does it have to be formatted 1st for a Canon A540 before its used?? Ive heard people say both.
Any responses welcomed> Thanks Walaboom.:D

cwat212
04-02-2007, 01:11 PM
I just had another thought regarding memory cards and capacity.
Can you say take 60 to 80 pictures and download them, then delete the images from your card so that its again empty? Reason being is that I wont have a new computer till late summer. I know that at Walmart or other places
you can download images, then make prints as well as have a CD of the images made for future use. Thats why I was thinking about a smaller card
a 128 or 256 MB. If you get a 1GB or 2GB does it have to be completely empty before it can be downloaded?? Lastly, a basic card does it have to be formatted 1st for a Canon A540 before its used?? Ive heard people say both.
Any responses welcomed> Thanks Walaboom.:D


You can take 2 pictures, download them, then delete them. Their is no minimum. You do not have to fill the card before downloading. Maximum is obviously reached when the card is full :)

Some cards will work without being formatted by the camera. However it only takes a couple seconds to format the card. You format the card inside the camera so you will not need a computer.

Get a 2gb card. It is only a couple bucks more than the smaller cards. You will want the 2gb card definitely if you plan on taking videos. Just my thoughts.

WALABOOM
04-02-2007, 01:22 PM
Thanks for the info, thats the basic information new people to digital need.
Thanks again Walaboom.

David Metsky
04-02-2007, 01:27 PM
What cwat212 said. A smaller card may cost $10. A 2Gig card is $14 at newegg.com right now. Why try to save $4 when you know you want a bigger card?

You don't have to delete the images from the card until you want to. If you aren't using the camera heavily you could go for months without deleting them. Or, delete after every shot. The cards don't care.

-dave-

WALABOOM
04-13-2007, 12:35 PM
You had mentioned about getting a 2G card if I plan to shoot video. I will do this but I have a question. I plan on shooting some video in late May at an
airshow, but wont have a new computer till late summer. I could hold the cards until then and download it,(hopefully the hot summer wouldnt affect my cards sitting around for two or three months). Do you know of any chains or reputable retail outfits that I could download my cards to that would put it
to disc? If so what a normal cost range might be?? Any info welcomed.
Thanks WALABOOM

Visual Reality
04-13-2007, 05:29 PM
You can do that. A CD holds 700mb of data so you would need a DVD to hold more than that but that's no big deal. I buy Verbatim (quality) DVD's in bulk for ~19 cents each. Reading a DVD is a lot slower (much higher latency) than reading from a flash memory card so you can't flip through your pictures quite as fast but it would store them forever.

If you have a friend or know someone with a burner you could just use theirs.

WALABOOM
04-14-2007, 02:30 PM
Thanks again to all for your helpful info, hope not to be to bothersome with numerous questions in the future, as well as ones in the past. My first (REAL)
camera is on its way-a Canon A540. I should have it by next Tuesday, in time to take it to the ballgame on Wednesday and take its first shots...
Anyone out there with experience in sporting events, namely baseball pictures? Ill have the camera about 16 hours before the game to get acquainted with it-then see what happens. Any opinions with settings??
Possible forecast, light rain, cloudy conditions. I should be about 500-700
feet from my seat to the pitchers mound. Thoughts on settings (zoom-resolution,etc)?? Any thoughts welcomed. Looking forward to cameras first use. Thanks again,WALABOOM:D :D

mcenut
04-14-2007, 03:38 PM
Using a A540 at a baseball game may be a bit of a stretch for this camera. That being said, I can offer these few suggestions.

1) Read the Manual. Don't try to just wing it with this camera. You are going to want to know how to make adjustments to the resolution and picture quality as well as ISO settings.

2) If the ballgame is at night, forget about using the flash. The flash range on your little camera is way under 20 feet. What you need to focus on is capturing as much light as you can. Adjusting the ISO setting in the camera will allow more light the higher the setting. Unfortunately the picture quality suffers with high ISO settings as well. If you look at Steve's review on this site the highest useful ISO setting on the A540 was ISO 200 which isn't great at night. You need to using ISO 400 or greater to capture near enough light at a night ballgame.

3) Adjust the resolution on your camera to Large with a quality setting of Superfine. Anything else is just going to be a waste of time. It can sometimes be tricky setting the camera to this setting, so remember to read the manual.

4) If you want to get guaranteed results, don't use the AUTO setting. This setting adjusts the ISO, Aperture and Shutter speeds to sometimes undesirable settings. Not that AUTO is bad, it just doesn't guarantee results. I'd recommend using at least the P setting to start. When you learn more you will find TV (shutter priority) and AV (aperture priority) your friend. Being able to adjust the shutter speed or aperture manually gives you greater creativity. The greatest creative freedom comes from the M (manual) setting but that requires you to manually set aperture and shutter speed. Definitely not a setting for the new camera user.

Lastly, don't expect great pictures you first time out. And don't go blaming your camera either. Most bad pictures can be attributed to one reason; The person behind the camera.

sabast20
04-15-2007, 04:57 AM
Another thing you might want to do is to go to the Library and look for a book called "Understanding Exposure" by Bryan Peterson. It will shed some light (no pun intended) on how to take better pictures.

If you don't have a library near by, you can get it at amazon for about $15.

Scott

WALABOOM
04-16-2007, 12:04 PM
Thanks for all the info. It will be a day game so that will make it a bit easier.
My distance of 500-700 feet is way off-more like 300-500. Anyway, this and other events is to get me ready for an airshow in late May early July. Inside the aircraft, near the planes, taking off, etc. Back to baseball. Im just going
to try a wide variety of shots and see what happens, I will only have the instructions for a few hours so I dont know how much will sink in. I will take the booklet with me and also have some general notes prepared. Any other suggestions regarding settings, etc. is appreciated. Thanks again, WALABOOM.:D