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Memory Cards capacity?
I was wondering about how many shots can I get from a SD 2GB memory card with a Nikon D60 in it's basic programs?..

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So do I have to get a high speed card in order to process fast pictures? I was thinking about getting a normal 2 GB SD card from PNY technology, and I plan on taking some photos that can happen really quick. do I need to get a high speed card so I can take lets say 4 pics, take a pause, and take another 4 when a runner decides to continue running? I dont want to miss a moment, but only want to spend alot of $$$. also if I want to make some prints, what size should I choose, mormal M,L or a Fine S? is there any difference...

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If you are shooting in burst mode a reasonably fast card would be fine, plus it would probably download faster when used with a good card reader. No need to go overboard with a hyper expensive and fast card, a Sandisk Ultra II would be ok or an extreme III if you want the last bit of potential speed. A SDHC card class 6 also would be fine or a normal SD card rated at x133 would probably be more than enough. From Tigerdirect, A 2gb x150 sd card would be $15 + A 8gb SDHC class 6 around $40 In the tests dpreview did on the d60 with a 2gb sd extremeIII and a x133 card both gave 3fps. When shooting raw with a 4 GB SanDisk Extreme Ducati SD vs a 2 GB Lexar Pro 133x SD both gave 3fps with a buffer full rate of 1.4fps vs 1.2 fps, so not a lot in it really to justify the expense. ( see http://www.dpreview.com/reviews/nikond60/page14.asp ) Since memory cards are so very cheap these days, you might as well shoot at the largest size and the least compression (fine L) You may even want to shoot in RAW for challenging scenes where you need to pull as much information as possible from the shot and you may not have the white balance etc quite right, however RAW is not really for beginners, you need to process it and tweak it, but it can really be a boon to experienced photographers.

Its always better to have too much resolution than too little and regret it later...

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How about a SDHC Class 4 card. any good. also so you suggest a 4 GB card right...

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Tigerdirect have 4gb class4 cards from $25 or class6 from $30 I would spend the extra $5 myself.. Transend, Pny, Kingston, Sandisk etc are all well known..

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Does the D60 able to use a 512 mb card? plan on using it as a backup..

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K now lwt mw ask you this, I plan on making 4" by 6", 5" by 7" and maybe 6" by 8". which image quality and size would you recomened. besides is there a really big difference between normal large, and fine small?..

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The D60 can shoot with these resolutions. " 3872 x 2592 (Large, 10.0 MP).

" 2896 x 1944 (Medium, 5.6 MP).

" 1936 x 1296 (Small, 2.5 MP) Fine, normal and basic are the levels of compression. Jpegs throw information away, rather like mp3 files, once thrown away you can't get back the information and artefacts are introduced into the image. For examples see, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/JPEG#Sample_photographs I always shoot at the highest resolution and lowest compression, since memory cards are cheap, if you must lower resolution for some reason, I would still shoot with the least compression ie fine. If you want to see how the various resolutions effect print quality ( the number of pixels per inch ), go to http://www.mattspinelli.com/ppicalc.html and enter the length and width in pixels for each and then press calculate. This will show you the number of pixels per inch when printed at various sizes. The human eye can generally not see any better than 300 pixels per inch or perhaps 350ppi at most, so the best prints have around 300ppi or as close as possible.

Larger prints are generally looked at from further away , ie you stand back to look at a large print, while a small print is handheld, so larger prints can use a smaller ppi, maybe down to 150 or perhaps less, eg a billboard sized print could get away with a ppi of less than ten, but would still look fine from afar...

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