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Nikon D200 | Digital Camera Review | Storage and Energy
Nikon haven't exactly surprised us with their choice of memory card type and battery. A CompactFlash memory card is used to store the images. This is pretty much standard with a digital reflex camera and professional photographers. It is after all widely available in the highest capacities. The Lithium Ion battery is another familiar face, albeit in a slightly newer version. The battery can be recharged at any desired time, whilst the integrated intelligence enables the user to check the remaining battery load, the amount of images that have been shot since the last time the battery was charged and the overall condition of the battery, which can all be seen via the display of the Nikon D200 at any moment.
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Nikon D200 - Large capacity memory card
The files that the Nikon D200 dSLR produces are of considerable size, especially in RAW (NEF) format. This format can however be compressed, which results in a slightly smaller size. If you want to have a (small) JPEG to send quickly (as would for instance be the case with photo journalists), in addition to RAW, you will soon need a large capacity memory card. A 1GB is the absolute minimum; I would however definitely recommend 2GB or even 4GB.

Considering 1 GB storage capacity:
NEF (RAW) - 3872x2592 pixels - 15.8 MB - 60 images
NEF+JPEG Fine - Large - 3872x2592 pixels - 20.7 MB - 44 images
NEF+JPEG Fine - Medium - 2896x1944 pixels - 18.6 MB - 49 images
NEF+JPEG Fine - Small - 1936x1296 pixels - 17.1 MB - 55 images
NEF+JPEG Normal - Large - 3872x2592 pixels - 18.3 MB - 50 images
NEF+JPEG Normal - Medium - 2896x1944 pixels - 17.2 MB - 54 images
NEF+JPEG Normal - Small - 1936x1296 pixels - 16.5 MB - 57 images
NEF+JPEG Basic - Large - 3872x2592 pixels - 17.1 MB - 55 images
NEF+JPEG Basic - Medium - 2896x1944 pixels - 16.5 MB - 57 images
NEF+JPEG Basic - Small - 1936x1296 pixels - 16.2 MB - 58 images
JPEG Fine - Large - 3872x2592 pixels - 4.8 MB - 167 images
JPEG Fine - Medium - 2896x1944 pixels - 2.7 MB - 294 images
JPEG Fine - Small - 1936x1296 pixels - 1.2 MB - 650 images
JPEG Normal - Large - 3872x2592 pixels - 2.4 MB - 332 images
JPEG Normal - Medium - 2896x1944 pixels - 1.4 MB - 578 images
JPEG Normal - Small - 1936x1296 pixels - 0.63 MB - 1200 images
JPEG Basic - Large - 3872x2592 pixels - 1.2 MB - 650 images
JPEG Basic - Medium - 2896x1944 pixels - 0.7 MB - 1100 images
JPEG Basic - Small - 1936x1296 pixels - 0.33 MB - 2200 images
SanDisk Extreme III CompactFlash memory card
In order to process the large amount of data, a fast memory card is equally important as a fast processor. Various tests have shown that a SanDisk Extreme III memory card gives excellent results. The Nikon D200 and the fast Extreme III card form a fantastic combination indeed! The full buffer is written onto the memory card in half a minute. This takes almost twice as long when using a slow CompactFlash card. The same becomes clearly noticeable when the buffer is full and you are in a situation where you need to keep taking photos. With a SanDisk Extreme III CF memory card, you will be able to keep working with approximately 2 images per second, whilst the slower cards have severe trouble achieving 1 image per second. Fortunately, the buffer is large enough, so that this problem will only rarely occur. The buffer fits approximately 21 RAW images, a very decent achievement! In JPEG format I was able to take more than 100 images before the Nikon D200 camera started to waver and the image speed decreased. In other words: you will be able to take your photos without any worries whatsoever!

Nikon D200 digital camera - EN-EL3e Lithium Ion battery
The latest EN-EL3e Lithium Ion is used as a battery. A familiar type that does however deviate just a tad from the well-known Nikon batteries, making it impossible to exchange them at random. This is very unfortunate indeed for those who are making the change from, for instance, a D100. Another battery can be found in the Nikon D200 itself, meant to save the date of the year and such. This thus no longer requires a small separate battery. A disadvantage is that the internal battery has to be charged first. This means the amount of images you are able to capture will be somewhat limited the first time you use the camera, a fact that might take a little getting used to. The Nikon D200 has a power consumption management that seems to be well under control. To the demanding photographer, I would recommend a second battery, of course in combination with the optional Multi-power battery pack MB-D200. In fact, this handy battery pack has proven to be absolute must for the serious photographer. It is powered by 6 AA format batteries or one or two EN-EL3e batteries. If you have decided to use two EN-EL3e batteries, the first battery will be used up before starting on the other, so that the empty battery can already be replaced before the second battery runs out. In addition, the MB-D200 comes with two command buttons, an AF-start button and a shutter release button.
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