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How many pictures will fit on a 2GB memory card

by ksteil / May 18, 2012 9:47 AM PDT

I am going on a trip to see several National Parks in September.
My Camera is a Canon PowerShot A710 6x optical zoom and has 7.1 Megapixels.
I have two questions:
Currently, I have three 2 GB cards and I wonder how many photos I will be able to store on them?
I noticed that two cards are marked Hi Speed, the other doesn't have this marking. What difference does this make?

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by PistonCupChampion / May 18, 2012 10:07 AM PDT

A 2 GB card should net you about 600 photos, assuming you shoot at full resolution, or roughly 3.3 MB per image. Obviously, if you shoot any video, it will be less. A card marked Hi Speed writes information to the card faster. With your camera, it doesn't make a difference.

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(NT) Canon listed 1,897KB per image. Maybe off?
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / May 18, 2012 10:13 AM PDT
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Imaging Resource
by PistonCupChampion / May 18, 2012 11:14 AM PDT

I was using testing numbers.

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Let's start with Canon's answer.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / May 18, 2012 10:11 AM PDT
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2 GB Memory Card Capacity
by ksteil / May 18, 2012 2:01 PM PDT

Thanks so much for the quick answers and all the info. Will check it all out tomorrow
and no doubt learn a lot.
Looks as though I am well covered.
My daughter wants to buy a newer camera for me, but I am happy (and familiar) with
my current one. Does either one of you see a need for a change?

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If it ain't broke...
by PistonCupChampion / May 18, 2012 4:30 PM PDT

..don't fix it. The only reason to get a new camera is if you are unhappy with your current one. But if she wants to buy you one, there's no harm in that. Grin

A new camera will likely have HD video, which is nice.

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If it ain't broke
by ksteil / May 19, 2012 12:03 AM PDT
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First I want to thank you again for your time and interest.
I don't know why I didn't think of going to Canon's website - my first thought was CNET! Grin
Will stock up on Batteries, but they are easily available should I run short.

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My thought about a new camera.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / May 19, 2012 2:22 AM PDT

Bear in mind I really like some of the new cameras but my camera is working and I have learned it's quirks to take good enough shots for my needs. Yes I'd like some camera with I.S. but mine has a viewfinder (old school image stabilization) and again it works.

While I would be a little upset to lose that old camera, a new one would be more upsetting.

Plenty of reasons to stick with what you have and my last reason. I know about how many shots I get on a charge. I can plan my trip so I don't need a charge or maybe one given my old camera. With a new camera I have to error on the short side of shots, plan ahead for more batteries, etc.

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New Camera
by ksteil / May 19, 2012 4:11 AM PDT

I do like the IS feature a lot and bought the camera because it had a viewfinder.
Thanks so much for all your help, Bob Happy

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thoughts about new camera
by ksteil / November 15, 2012 1:27 AM PST

just wanted to report back - returned from my trip to the National Parks in September.
I did not buy a new camera and am very glad I did not.
Most people with newer cameras were unhappy about not being able to see an image on their screens
while shooting in bright daylight. Mine has a viewfinder and I used it almost the entire trip to snap photos.
That also allowed me to take around 600+ pictures with one set of batteries and one 2GB memory card.
Nothing to charge or change - it was great!
Thanks Bob for your valuable input!

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Thanks for the update. Here's mine.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / November 15, 2012 1:39 AM PST

I did go ahead and for a project pick up a few camera things. Here's the list.

1. Canon PowerShot A1300 which has a viewfinder! 99 bucks on amazon and has surprised me with some better than expected shots.
2. A 4GB Eye-Fi card. Works better than expected. Wish I had tried that years ago.
3. A Canon T3i. Not a top of the line DSLR but for some work (always a fine excuse) we wanted some better snaps.

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