D5100: Card capacity error

Started Jun 6, 2013 | Questions thread
Lena Hale
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In reply to trespassing, Jun 9, 2013

trespassing wrote:

Lena Hale wrote:

Mytrespassing wrote:

Lena Hale wrote:

Using a Silicon Power 2GB 45x SD card in a Nikon D5100 body. Here's the exact card, I didn't buy it from there but that's what mine looks like.

The screen said that the remaining card capacity was 132. I took a random shot and it stayed at 132. It finally went down to 131 after taking 7 shots, then down to 130 after taking another 7 shots, and so on. When I hold down the shutter halfway, it says [r27] and that number has not changed the whole time.

I really need to know the capacity of this card so I can prepare for my vacation. This card is several years old (I just found it laying around in 2012), is it possibly damaged? I don't recall ever having problems with it, but the camera has also never given me problems so I'm not sure which one is having issues.

Nothing wrong with it at all I don't think.  The shot counter will always underestimate what you have left, and sometimes it won't decrease.  In all honesty though depending on how long your holiday is, you may want to consider a larger capacity card.  It sounds like you're not shooting the highest quality JPEG (just a guess from the numbers) and to get the most out of the camera I personally would want to shoot at a minimum of Large Fine, or preferably RAW and then do as you wish afterwards.  Each to their own though.

If you want a proper guestimate as to how many shots it will manage (excluding video) you could take a glance at an average file size on your computer and then do 2gb/File size and that should tell you.

Best of luck, Matt

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The average size of a random, regular file, or of my photos? The photos end up between 2-5MB, never gotten one above 5. There was an article that popped up on a search recently about going into RAW, now that you mention it. The only reason I was unsure about going for it is because it said the photos are... not exactly lower quality, but something along those lines. Less sharp, I think is what the article said.

Yes I did indeed mean an average picture size.  RAW will not cause your pictures to be any less sharp, when processed correctly.  It will however allow you to easily adjust white balance, contrast, saturation, highlights and shadows in post allowing you to get the most from your shots.

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Student in Brighton, UK

I'm going to spend my last month before vacation learning to utilize RAW fully. The only problem is that I'm gonna need some very high-capacity cards/a lot of smaller ones, since raw seems to slice the capacity in half, but it seems worth it.

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