Explained: buffer capacity
Keep your Nikon firing on all cylinders
A camera’s buffer is where it temporarily stores image files before saving them to a memory card. If lots of photos are taken in quick succession and the buffer fills up faster than it can transfer files to the memory card, then the camera will slow down. Pro cameras outclass entry-level models here: the D5’s buffer can hold up to 200 maximum-quality RAW files, while the D5600’s is good for 11. The trick with using an entry-level body to shoot action is to fire short bursts rather than keeping your finger pressed down. Also, consider setting Image quality to JPEGs rather than NEFs (right) as the buffer can hold more of these smaller files.