Basic accessories include memory cards, camera bags, and photographer’s vests.

A DSLR stores images in its own buffer of RAM memory before transferring it to the memory card inserted into the camera. You can take pictures without a memory card, but they are not stored or saved anywhere. Based on my own experiences, I recommend that you adjust your camera to not function without a memory card!

When I started with digital cameras in late 2002, the highest capacity CompactFlash (CF) memory cards were 1 GB, and they cost about $500. The change has been huge; a 64 GB card at 90 MB/second now costs remarkably less.

The time it takes to transfer image data from the buffer to a memory card depends on ...

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