"New to DSLR - SD card help" Mon 19-Apr-10 04:08 AM by Mkerm8
Brand new to DSLR, but learning quick. This forum has been a huge help to me. Thank you.
I have a SD card question. I just picked up a 2 pack of 4 gig Sandisk Ultra SDHC class 4 cards, rated at up to 15 MB/s and 100x. I have not opened them yet, cause I got to thinking, would I benefit from the Sandisk Extreme 3 cards? Will I even notice a difference?
I bought the D5000 to do basic family photo stuff, and to do sports photography of my daughter playing indoor volleyball, which I have learned poses all kinds of unexpected challenges, however that is another topic. I do want the ability to take multiple shots quickly, and I do take a lot of burst shots (if that is the right term).
I am currently using a Kingston SDHC Class 4 card, which seems to work just fine, but I don't know any different yet.
So, do I keep what I bought, or do I get faster cards for better performance?
#1. "RE: New to DSLR - SD card help" In response to Reply # 0
Welcome to Nikonians! Unless you plan on shooting long sustained bursts with the image Quality in Raw mode the Ultra cards should be fine for your needs. The Buffer capacity for: Raw is 11 images Raw + jpeg Fine, Normal, or Basic is 7 images Jpeg Fine Large is 63 images Jpeg Fine Medium to Jpeg Basic Small is 100 images If you plan on shooting Raw with sustained bursts getting the faster cards may be worth it. Good Luck and Enjoy your Nikons!
#2. "RE: New to DSLR - SD card help" In response to Reply # 1
Thanks for the reply. Just so I clearly understand... Will the camera fill the buffer before the speed of the SD card comes into play? After reading your post, I did some test burst shots, and that seems to be the case.
#3. "RE: New to DSLR - SD card help" In response to Reply # 2
Correct. The camera fills the buffer, and immediately the buffer independently starts copying images from the buffer to the SD card. You only care about the speed of the card if your bursts are long enough and fast enough to fill the buffer before it gets emptied into the card.
Do be aware that various options can consume buffer space. For example, both Active D-lighting and Long Exposure Noise Reduction reduce the available buffer space, and there are probably some others.
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