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D300 file size

Discussion in 'Nikon DX DSLR Forum' started by mood, Jul 18, 2008.

  1. mood


    Jun 27, 2007
    So Fla
    my D80 RAW file size was 8-10 mb
    just wondering what a D300 Raw file size averages

  2. Frank, took a quick look at some of my pics, and files are between 10.5-12.8MB.
    I upgraded from the D70s and had to buy an external HD soon after purchasing the D300.
    Hope it helps!
  3. tintingkc

    tintingkc Guest

    Mine are usually around 11-12mb at 14 bit shooting.
  4. Page 402 of the manual gives as approximate values:

    - lossless compressed, 12 bit: 13.6 MB
    - lossless compressed, 14 bit: 16.7 MB
    - compressed, 12 bit: 11.3 MB
    - compressed, 14 bit: 14.2 MB
    - uncompressed, 12 bit: 19.4 MB
    - uncompressed, 14 bit: 25.3 MB

    But you can always save as large Tiff(RGB), if you prefer a filesize of 36.5 MB.
  5. mood


    Jun 27, 2007
    So Fla
    thanks guys
    kinda of what I was thinking

    and as a follow up

    what RAW format do you shoot
    my D80 just had RAW period, no options

    Frank, I don't have the manual , or the D300
    deciding bwt D200 and 300 at the moment
  6. exitnine


    Jun 5, 2008
    Boston, MA

    so what your opinion, should always leave it uncompress, 14 bit? or...

    the other question i have is about my d300 (about 2 months ago), still not sure should i sale it and buy a d700, but too bad, i bought a dx len (17-55 f/2.8) for it, and it really hurt if i sold it, very sad.....
  7. tintingkc

    tintingkc Guest

    I always shoot in lossless. 12bit for speed and 14bit for everything else. Sounds like a good reason to play with different formats until you find what your happy with. If your shooting uncompressed you are going to need some card space cause they fill up fast.
  8. TZ250


    Jul 16, 2008
    Ohio, USA
    This is an informative thread. I'm glad that I searched for it.

    I have another question. Is there a reasonably accurate file format that isn't as large as RAW?

    I'm going to buy a D300 soon. (probably this week) I've never experimented with any other format than .jpg on my current camera. I'm going to shoot a wedding soon for a friend. I've never post processed anything either. I've only used GIMP for basic editing and somtimes combining layers of a couple of pictures.

    Thanks in advance for your advice! :) 
  9. stayathomedad


    Mar 11, 2008

    I was in your shoes just a few months ago...

    Shooting in raw just seemed like a big headache to me...

    I was ok with jpgs and didn't want the extra hassle of raw...

    But since shooting in raw (for a wedding) I've seen the light...

    In fact, I wasn't paying attention and shot a few pics of the kids earlier this week in jpg... it made me mad...

    So let me be clear... SHOT IN RAW!

    Let me say it again... SHOT IN RAW!

    It will save your butt in the wedding... TRUST ME...

    The only "hassle" I have to deal with now is to make the effort to delete the OOF or bad shots soon after importing them to save space in the long term...

    As for how to process the images... Start out slow... Go download the 30 day trial of PSE6 and use ACR to post the files... Then after that you can go in and download the 30 day trial of lightroom and use it to post the files...

    That will give you 60 days of testing...

    After that, you can pick up PSE6 for only 70 bucks... well worth it...
  10. PSE6? Photoshop? Probably a dumb question.
  11. stayathomedad


    Mar 11, 2008
    Photoshop Elements 6

    the poor man's photoshop...

  12. Ah, thanks! :redface:
  13. TZ250


    Jul 16, 2008
    Ohio, USA
    What's wrong with GIMP?
  14. stayathomedad


    Mar 11, 2008
    Open your D300 Raw files and give it a shot...
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