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11-30-2005, 01:06 PM
Hey y'all...Normal Con-going folk here with a rather common problem:

I've been using the same ol' reliable Digital Camera for all the Cons/Gatherings/Wrestling Shows that I've been to since I got the thing, but I keep running into the ever-annoying problem that a default 16MB Memory Stick brings with it...I run out of space rather quickly...

I'm also on kind of a budget, so I can't just drop $$$ on a bigger card all willy-nilly like, and I know very little about how much of what fits on where and on what, so I'm posing a question:

What's a good sort of, standard size memory stick to get pictures with, since 16MB isn't cutting it, but also one what's not all that expensive...Oh, I'm also on XD format, if that means anything...Thanks...

11-30-2005, 02:14 PM
Well that depends on how many megapixels the camera is, and the type of card it takes.

Can you tell me something about the camera and I'll be happy to answer your question :)

11-30-2005, 04:21 PM
when I bought my digital camera my parents gave me an extra memory card, but if this helps...

My camera allows me to take pictures of lower resolution, but with a very huge quality. If I have to go to a con, I lower the resolution a bit, so I can get more pics without losing the quality I want to have in my photos. Maybe before buying an extra card if money is a problem you should try something like this? Just a suggestion XD;;; Tho I supose you will hve done it already ^^U

11-30-2005, 06:57 PM
Usually a cam will let you change the resolution on the pic, which gives you a huge amount of space. Usually I get almost 100 pics on 800x600. That resolution is fine for taking pictures, unless you really need a pic at 1020x740. That gives me like five pics.

Check and see the settings on your cam, to change your resolution and see what happens.

11-30-2005, 07:47 PM
My policy is to get as big of a memory card as you can afford. The problem is that memory stick tends to be the most expensive of all the memory formats, so you'll have a problem there.

At this point, I have 2, 1 gig compact flash cards. I just picked up another one for a total of 3 gigs to take with me to Japan. Since I'll be covering Comiket (cosplaying and taking photos) I wanted to have as much memory as possible.

But like others have said, you can reduce the resolution of the pictures you take as well to stretch out your existing memory.

But for CF cards anyway, they are really affordable. My 1 gig CF card was $60. Since the holiday season is here, you might be able to find some good deals on memory. Or try ebay for used memory cards.

11-30-2005, 07:51 PM
CArd 256 512 CD 1GB 2GB DVD 40GB 80GB
3 MP 213 426 598 853 1706 3668 34120 68240
4 MP 128 256 358 512 1024 2202 20480 40960
5 MP 102 204 286 408 816 1755 16320 32640
6 MP 80 160 224 320 640 1376 12800 25600
7 MP 65 130 182 260 520 1118 10400 20800
8 MP 75 150 210 300 420 1290 12000 24000

this is assuming you are taking in high-resolution mode, and is only an estimated guideline (though it does match for my Rebel's 1GB card, since I shoot on top quality). http://www.card-media.co.uk/memory+info.htm?page=vp2160b

Bottom line: 16mb gets you nothing. Watch for sales... and Christmas begging or sales might be the solution.

11-30-2005, 10:23 PM
memory cards are extremely inexpensive now, as well :)
especially if your camera takes Compact Flash! I have a Sony digital camera myself, so my camera uses memory sticks. Currently I have 2-256mb cards and I shoot (on average) 3 megapixel photos. I also have a laptop so I dump often when attending conventions :)

When I was working in digital photography sales, the most recommended card used to be 128mb, but now that cameras shoot at larger megabytes and the price of cards is going down drastically, the recommended size now for the average digital camera user is 256mb. However, if you've been living off 16mb internal space, i'm sure a 128 would be more than enough -- it just depends on the camera, what megapixel you shoot at, what megapixel you COULD shoot at, and the type of memory the camera supports :)

I hope this was useful!

12-01-2005, 02:00 AM
right now 128mb memory sticks are selling at dirt cheap prices, so just grab a few of them :)

12-01-2005, 09:57 AM
I should probably mention that after looking at the regular prices around places like outpost.com & Best Buy that the sweet spot for memory sticks (relative lowest cost/MB) appears to be at a higher point than 128MB or 256MB. If your camera supports Memory Stick Pros (which is pretty much the set of cameras made from about late 2002/early 2003 onwards, I think - they're mostly the high capacity sticks > 128MB), looks like either 512MB or 1GB might be the sweet spot.

That said, in general, there isn't much point getting more memory past what your combined battery life (life of all available batteries) will allow you to shoot if you'd be able to offload pictures at the same time as recharging the batteries. Stefaniecat's chart above looks about right for images stored in standard JPEG format, maybe even a little conservative. And smaller cards/sticks do have the nice advantage that if they go bad, you won't lose as many pictures as if a big card/stick went bad.

12-01-2005, 11:33 AM
Carry at least 3 of whatever kind you choose. You never know what the circumstances and conditions will require. I keep 6 as well as 6 fully charged batteries ready for a shoot.