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digital camera... please help...

Discussion in 'Open Discussion (Work-safe)' started by gbearbuck, Dec 15, 2004.

  1. gbearbuck

    gbearbuck Herbie for President

    As some might know I am giving my wife a digital camera for Christmas. After alot of reading and talking to friends/family with digital camera's I have determined what camera I'm going to purchase.

    My question is, what type of a flash card will I need? The camera comes with a 32 MB flash card (I know is too small). For a 5.0 megapixal camera, what size compact flash card do you suggest?

    Also, are there "good" and "bad" makers of flash cards or are they all pretty much standard (should I look for a name brand or save money and purchase a generic flash card)???

    Also, some add-on assesory kits include a USB compact flash reader. What is this, and do I need it?

    Thanks for any and all suggestions. Also, if you have a suggestion as to where to purchase it, please let me know. I've found prices for the camera I'm going to buy from $549.00 to $330.00... big spread in prices from shop to shop (online has been the best deals).
  2. AKAK

    AKAK Well, that's like hypnotizing chickens. Staff Member Tech Admin


    Compact Flash Reader- you don't need it. (By "you" I mean gbear, the rest of you might... who knows.)

    Canon. IMO
  3. exhawg

    exhawg Mirror Guy Staff Member

    My first digital camera is being delivered today. It uses SD cards so I bought a 512 MB and I also got a 128 MB ($5 after rebate) as a back up. I don't know anything about it now, but I'm sure I'll figure everything out before I get back from vacation next week. Good luck
  4. gbearbuck

    gbearbuck Herbie for President

    an extra $20.00 gets you a 512mb...

    How many pics will a 256 vrs. a 512 card hold?

    Yes it is a canon... a little elph for the old lady...
  5. AKAK

    AKAK Well, that's like hypnotizing chickens. Staff Member Tech Admin

    You can get teh 512.. if its only 20 bucks more...

    how many pics does it hold... I'm guessing at the highest res setting... its probably 300 pics for one... 600 for the other...

    For economy res pics (if you want to e-mail them) its thousands either way.
  6. LoKyBuckeye

    LoKyBuckeye I give up. This board is too hard to understand.

    get the biggest card you can... you may end up on vacation and need a lot of space. I have a 32 which came with my camera and I bought a 256. I have never needed more room and I take a lot of pictures at a high resolution.

    If you buy online watch who you deal with. Some of those places have low prices because they try to sell you all kinds of extras. If you don't buy the extras they will give you the run around about your order... "we don't have it in stock" type excuses.

    Don't get the USB reader... there is no real use for it.
  7. NJ-Buckeye

    NJ-Buckeye They Hate Us cuz They Ain't Us.. Banners are good Staff Member

  8. Bucktastic

    Bucktastic Troy Smith for HEISMAN

    The higher the megapixel, the less room you have for pics on your card. And if youre even looking into taking short movies, I would at least go with the 512. There are also 1Gig cards that are actually affordable.
  9. jlb1705

    jlb1705 hipster doofus Bookie

  10. OSUsushichic

    OSUsushichic Fired up! Ready to go!

    I have the 512 -- more than enough space, but I'm glad I have it for backpacking trips and such.
  11. gbearbuck

    gbearbuck Herbie for President

    Thanks all... I went with the 512mb (actually it was the "Sandisk ULTRA (super fast) Compact Flash Card 512MB").... Sandisk had a regular 512, however I guess the "ULTRA" loads at faster rates on 4.0 and higher camera's (and you can take quicker photo's if you need to because of it), it wasn't that much more (ten bucks or so)...

    Found a site with a great price, and no tax or shipping costs... now lets just hope it gets here in one piece :wink2:
  12. hawaiianbuckeye

    hawaiianbuckeye Where's YOUR Gold Pants?

    Go with at least a 512MB card...minimum!

    I can shoot 380+ pics in "high" file format with my Nikon D70 which is 6.1megapixels. If I shoot at "low" which I don't I can hold over 1k pics.
    They are pretty cheap...check ebay and the big camera dealers like CametaCamera and BH Photo.


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