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01-01-2016, 02:53 PM   #1
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Remaining Image Storage Capacity ?

What exactly is that number on the bottom right of the top and back LCD. On my camera(K5-IIs) it reads [1046] . The manual says it is the "Remaining Image Storage Capacity " but what does that mean ? When I hit the shutter the number turns to [1045] then it goes back to [1046] . I never paid it much mind, but I thought that was the number of actuations or the number of pictures I took, but that does not seam to be the case.


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It is the camera's estimate of the number of images that will still fit on the SD card. It is a rough estimate only and should not be treated as exact. It will change whether you are shooting RAW or Jpeg but the camera has to make some assumptions about the file size which will vary with each shot.
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This^. The camera assumes a larger image size to be safe.
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QuoteOriginally posted by hjoseph7 Quote
What exactly is that number on the bottom right of the top and back LCD. On my camera(K5-IIs) it reads [1046] . The manual says it is the "Remaining Image Storage Capacity " but what does that mean ? When I hit the shutter the number turns to [1045] then it goes back to [1046] . I never paid it much mind, but I thought that was the number of actuations or the number of pictures I took, but that does not seam to be the case.
It's basically the amount of space left on the card. In practice, you will probably be able to take more photos than what the camera estimates, since it uses the worst-case scenario.


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To put things in perspective:

Using 32GB card, my K-3 tell's me I have room for 600 photos when in reality, I top at 900.
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QuoteOriginally posted by Zafar Iqbal Quote
Using 32GB card, my K-3 tell's me I have room for 600 photos when in reality, I top at 900.
wow, pentax cameras fail at math.
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wow, pentax cameras fail at math.
Indeed
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QuoteOriginally posted by Digitalis Quote
wow, pentax cameras fail at math.
Looking in a recent folder my pictures vary from 13,956 KB to 20,232 KB, depending upon the subject, etc.

900 13,956KB photos and 600 20,232KB photos are pretty similar in total size.

12.5 vs 12.1 GB. I'd say that math is pretty good.

How does the camera know which photos I'll be taking? It doesn't.. So it assumes larger file size which ensures that no matter what I shoot I can trust that I'll have enough space to take the number of photos indicated. It would be folly to tell me I had room for 900 photos only to leave my pissed off when I filled my before hitting 700...

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What the camera tells you is the minimum amount of images left to store. But the average size of the images is usually much smaller that the largest possible size of an image.
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