Built in memory

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  1. ahelg

    ahelg TPF Noob!

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    Recently I've been shopping around for a new digital compact. Now I noticed that a few of them now have a little bit of internal storage space, handy for if you should forget your card(s) at home. What I can't understand though is why their all such low capacity. The one I was looking at only had 19mb of internal storage. In todays world where you can get 2gb on an sd card, surely you could be able to put in maybe 128mb of internal storage without affecting the size or price of the camera much. I mean, when you're shooting at best quality with 19mb worth of storage, youre only going to get like 5 or 6 pictures.
     
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    Without knowing the camera, I would think that the internal memory was more a buffer to allow quick successive exposures than a storage space. I believe that's the way it is in my cameras.
     
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    Big Mike I am Big, I am Mike Staff Member Supporting Member

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    I think that was ahelg is referring to...is actually internal image storage memory (separate from the image buffer). Some cameras do have this as a feature...and yes, it's almost always ridiculously small. It's my guess that they include this, just as an extra feature to list on the box or in the ad. Then again, I've got a digi-cam here at work. It has internal memory, enough for about 26 shots on good quality...which is enough for what we need it for.
     
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    ahelg TPF Noob!

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    Yes, that's what I meant
     
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    I suspect the internal memory (nowadays) is only for the purpose of a) demonstrating the camera in store and b) allowing you to take pics when you first get the camera (if you don't have a storage card).

    I don't think any manufacturer expects users to use the internal memory long-term.
     
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    Not to mention how it would hurt San-disk etc.
     
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    it's also a good way for them to sell cameras : "Look at us! we put memory in your camera already!"
    tricky.
     
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    And most people buying those point and shoots wont realize how small 19mb actually is
     
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    depends though If you actually only want it to shoot for ebay that is plenty. Most folks want to use it more though.
     
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    I can see that this would be very usefull for testing in-store.
     

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