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Sony Cybershot DSC F828 | Digital Camera Review | Storage and Energy
The Cyber-shot DSC-F828 is the first Sony digital camera to be equipped with a dual memory slot that supports Memory Stick, Memory Stick PRO, CompactFlash type I and II and Microdrive memory cards. When the camera was introduced last year, some people were flabbergasted, Sony and CompactFlash? It is praise worthy that Sony has looked for a wide support of the different memory cards and it shows Sony's intention with the Cyber-shot DSC-F828: serious business. Many serious amateur photographers and professionals own the CF type I and II or Microdrive cards.The memory slot for Memory Stick and Memory Stick PRO memory cards is placed in the battery compartment of the grip of the camera. Through the back of the camera access can be obtained to the second memory slot that supports CompactFlash type I and II or Microdrive memory cards.
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A new digital camera is delivered in general with a memory card which usually has a too low storage capacity. The DSC-F828 is delivered without memory card, which is not a problem because an 8 Megapixel camera loves to be fed with a high capacity memory card. I used the camera with a SanDisk Ultra II 1GB and a SanDisk Memory Stick PRO Ultra II 512MB memory card which in practise is a realistic capacity to be able to use the real power of the camera to the full extend. Beside storing images in JPEG format it is also possible to choose TIFF or RAW format. RAW format is ideal to edit the images as you desire before converting the format to a TIFF or JPEG format. These RAW format images can be compared with a 'digital negative' and when saved on a CDROM you always have the original at hand.

Considering a 1GB Memory Stick (PRO) memory card:

Resolution 8M - 3264x2448 pixels - JPEG - 247 images
Resolution 3:2 - 3264x2176 pixels - JPEG - 247 images
Resolution 5M - 2592x1944 pixels - JPEG - 384 images
Resolution 3M - 2048x1536 pixels - JPEG - 617 images
Resolution 1M - 1280x 960 pixels - JPEG - 1482 images
Resolution VGA - 640x 480 pixels - JPEG - 5928 images

Resolution 8M - 3264x2448 pixels - RAW - 45 images
Resolution 5M - 2592x1944 pixels - RAW - 48 images
Resolution 3M - 2048x1536 pixels - RAW - 51 images
Resolution 1M - 1280x 960 pixels - RAW - 53 images
Resolution VGA - 640x 480 pixels - RAW - 55 images

Resolution 8M - 3264x2448 pixels - TIFF - 34 images
Resolution 3:2 - 3264x2176 pixels - TIFF - 38 images
Resolution 5M - 2592x1944 pixels - TIFF - 36 images
Resolution 3M - 2048x1536 pixels - TIFF - 38 images
Resolution 1M - 1280x 960 pixels - TIFF - 39 images
Resolution VGA - 640x 480 pixels - TIFF - 40 images
The images can be stored in different maps. This function comes in very handy especially because of the combination of a digital camera and a high storage capacity or with two memory slots. The large numbers of images sometimes disappear into a map and for example after a holiday it takes hours to restore the images at the right day when they were taken. It might be easy and prevent your blood pressure from rising to make a map during the holidays.

Striking is the speed of storing the JPEG movie. The internal buffer of the camera plays a main role in this matter. However when the camera uses the possibility of storing images in RAW format or eventually TIFF format it looks like the buffer is passed so the image has to be stored on the memory card before a new picture can be taken. The time span of storing such a format file depends on the type of memory card but will be around 8 and 12 seconds per image, in general a good performance. However I'd like to see the possibility of shooting a series of RAW images!

The F828 uses an excellent energy source. The Sony InfoLithium battery has already proven itself time after time over the past few years. The battery is inserted in the same compartment as the Memory Stick (PRO). The NP-FM50 InfoLithium battery is charged inside the camera and shows the remaining energy in minutes for the task the camera is set to. This useful information is showed on the LCD display and also in the electronic viewfinder. The delivered A/C power has to be connected onto the camera to charge the battery, but also supplies power if there is no battery available. The amount of energy the NP-FM50 battery offers is impressive. The camera remains ready to shoot and never seems to give up. An extra battery doesn't seem to be necessary in my opinion unless the camera is used during a trip with duration of a few days when it is not possible to charge the battery; in that case a second battery is recommendable. The Sony DSC-F828 is extremely well equipped: two memory slots for the most popular memory cards and an InfoLithium battery of which many digital cameras can only dream of. A combination that lets you photograph without a worry!
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