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Image Quality and Compression Settings

torwood

Jefferson Hills, US
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torwood Silver Member Nikonian since 06th Dec 2010
Thu 24-Nov-11 01:37 AM

Just got my D7000, and am working on getting it setup. Previous cameras are D90 and D50. My question: What image quality settings do most of you use? On my previous cameras, I always used JPEG Fine/Large. I setup my D7000 with those settings and the finder counter says I have room for about 550 shots on two 8GB cards. That seems terribly large, since I could get over 1000 on my D90 with one 8GB card.

I changed the setting to JPEG Basic/Large, and now it tells me I can shoot 2100 images.

1. Is the counter reading both SD cards, or just one?
2. Ken Rockwell says all you need is Basic/Large if you use Optimal image compression (which is what I set). He says this will give the same results as Fine/Large, because the compression will be optimized based on image detail. My previous cameras don't appear to have a setting for compression.

Please help. I invested $80 in those two 8GB SanDisk Extreme cards, hoping to be able to shoot at least 1000 images. Should I go out and get a 16GB card? That said, I don't really want bigger files than I need.

One more question (then I promise, I'll stop). Can you use two different size and/or quality cards in the two slots? Can I use a 16GB card for slot 1 and keep the 8GB for slot 2 for overflow.

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