Ex­plained: buf­fer ca­pac­ity

Keep your Nikon fir­ing on all cylin­ders

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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.

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