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will a 512mb memory card last two months?

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1. Posted by Andyroo (Full Member 109 posts) 10y

please can ya help!

how many shots can it hold? i.e at different resolutions



2. Posted by joey22 (Travel Guru 561 posts) 10y

3 mega pixel 406 pictures on 512MB card

4 mega pixel 244 pictures

5 mega pixel 195 pictures

6 mega pixel 152 pictures

7-8 mega pixels 130/115 pictures

i didnt include 2 mega pixel cameras as they are pretty poor quality!

this is assuming you shoot at the highest resolution you can.

personally i shoot a lot of pictures and last time i went travelling i carried two 512mb, and one 256mb cards. i didn't take a 1gig card in case i lost it and lost all my pics in one go. i also backed them up online and to cd as often as i could.

hope this helps

joey :)

3. Posted by Andyroo (Full Member 109 posts) 10y

cheers buddy!!

that helps me loads!!

4. Posted by Clarabell (Travel Guru 1696 posts) 10y

I travelled with a 256 mb card, but I would always back it up onto cd roughly every 150 photos(make 2 copies and post one home). I never actually filled it so don't know how much (of my crap dotty low res pictures) it holds...... So going on that, I'm sure you don't need anything bigger than a 512 card!


5. Posted by road_trip (Full Member 203 posts) 10y

SD cards are so cheap now you may as well opt for a 1GB card. I've seen them for £17.50 for a well known branded one.
It's better to have too much space, than too little when 'that moment' arrives. ;)

6. Posted by MelesMeles (Full Member 137 posts) 10y

512 is barely enough for a few days, when I'm taking pics.

7. Posted by pixcee (Full Member 28 posts) 10y

if travelling i would never leave without at LEAST a 1gig card...
and depending on the length of trip..i'd prolly get an extra card or 2 JUST in case...But i love taking pics so thats just me.

8. Posted by Rish_n_Ben (Full Member 32 posts) 10y

I would say it really depends where you are going. Almost all developed countries have internet cafes with new computers and cd burners. So a 512mb card plus a small backup of whatever you can get hold of, say 32mb or 128mb just to tide you over if you cant find a internet cafe at the last minute.

Then as suggested previously, I would reccomend making two copys of the photos on CD and posting one home, and keeping one on you.

Unless you are a serious photographer with a trillion megapixel camera, I couldnt see the point in 1gb memory cards. Cd's only hold about 650mb of data.

That said, if you are going hiking in the mountains for 1 month, maybe you do need a 1gb card. But they do have a internet cafe at base camp now dont they.

9. Posted by larsonski (Budding Member 2 posts) 10y

I don`t leave without my 1GB and 2GB Extreme III CF cards.
I get 144 pics in my 2GB CF when I shoot 8MP RAW this is nearly sufficiant for just one day shooting . I backup my card at the end of the day on an imagetank (40GB).

The prices of flashmemory are very cheap nowadays so I would suggest get the biggest card for the money. Or buy 2 smaller cards. Don`t go for less then 1GB.


10. Posted by zachary (Respected Member 471 posts) 10y

Quoting MelesMeles

512 is barely enough for a few days, when I'm taking pics.

same for me! no way in hell you should prepare to only use 512mb in 2 full months with no dumping, that is insane