Just moved from a Panasonic point and shoot to the D3200 and I love it. I can not believe how much functionality they're putting into modern day "beginner DSLRs".
I'm still learning the settings and mostly shooting in one of the Auto modes.
I noticed a very annoying feature of Nikons and that is the file naming. Specifically resetting the file name to DSC_0001 when a new folder is created. This is beyond stupid. It unnecessarily creates the need for a file renamer. All the previous cameras that I had would keep the sequence even when new folders were created. (For example my old panasonic would go from P1000999 in folder P100 to P1010001 in folder P101). Not the D3200.
However, no point crying over spilled milk, so the question is: Can you recommend a simple/small/free software that would be flexible enough to allow me to rename files to YYYYMMDD-nnn (nnn would be a shot number within a specific day and would reset to 001 on the first shot of the next day).
BTW, I would prefer to stay away from ViewNX2 or any other multi-purpose software. Ideally I would like a small utility that I could carry with me on USB stick.
I'm not sure about software to recommend, but you can set up the D3200 to use consecutive file numbers rather than starting from 0001 when a new folder is created. Check the Setup Menu, and set File Number Sequence to "On".
Thanks Brian, I did set it to ON, but the numbering only goes to DSC_9999 in the current folder, then the new folder will be created and the next pic will be named DSC_0001.
From the manual:
When a new folder is created, the memory card formatted, or a new memory card inserted in the camera, file numbering continues from the last number used or from the largest file number in the current folder, whichever is higher. If a photograph is taken when the current folder contains a photograph numbered 9999, a new folder will be created automatically and file numbering will begin again from 0001.
Consider that 9999 images is more than most users shoot in a year and many don't shoot that many in two years. On the other hand Pro's can easily shoot that in a weekend. Storing images in multiple folders by date, event, and image # makes it very fast and easy to find an image in your system. The higher the number of images that you store in one folder, the longer it will take for the computer to generate a thumbnail (small, or large icon) for you to review.
If you are a Windows user, Downloader Pro by BreezeSys.com is exactly what you are looking for, not free but $30. I am a long-time user of it.
I run all my cameras with "file number sequence" set to ON and manually reset the number back to 1 before every shoot. Downloader Pro renames the files to yyyymmdd_nnnn (amongst other things) as it copies the pictures off the memory cards based on the EXIF creation date.
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