I bought a D3200 in January 2013 and only recently became aware that the buffer capacity is advertised at 18 RAW images. My D3200's buffer holds 8 RAW images. That is less than half, so I would like to get your advice on how to correct this.
Am I missing a setting in the menu what would improve the buffer size? Or should I send it in to Nikon Service and Repair? I bought it new 10 months ago, so I think it is under warranty. Should I just give up and buy a 95MB/s card?
This topic has been mentioned previously in a couple posts, but not with such a disparity as I have. I did the suggestions in the posts, but it did not improve the buffer size.
Here is some test data I gathered with my D3200...
My D3200 camera settings are:
SD Card formatted via camera setup menu
Auto ISO sensitivity control: OFF
Active D-Lighting: OFF
Auto distortion control: OFF
Noise reduction: OFF (turning this on decreases my RAW buffer capacity to 7)
Firmware: C:1.00 (1.01 is available but release notes doesn't appear to address this issue; let me know if I need to try updating anyway, but I'll probably have to buy a camera USB cable to do it)
When I shoot RAW only on a SanDisk Ultra card (30MB/s), my buffer goes from r08 to r00 in 12 frames. With SanDisk Extreme (45MB/s) it goes from r08 to r00 in 17 frames. After it reaches r00 then FPS drops depending on the speed of the card. I know a 95MB/s card would probably never fill the buffer on a D3200, but I'd rather avoid the expense.
Here is a chart of my D3200 values (rXX value when depressing shutter) when I change my camera settings:
Image quality/size | Buffer Capacity
RAW+JPEG Large | 8
RAW - | 8
FINE Large | 14
FINE Medium | 18
FINE Small | 28
NORM Large | 19
NORM Medium | 28
NORM Small | 49
BASIC Large | 28
BASIC Medium | 49
BASIC Small | 91
Yes, RAW+JPEG and RAW have the same buffer capacities on my camera.
Compare my chart to Nikon's specs for the D3200 (they are 10 for RAW+JPEG, 18 for RAW, 80 for Fine Large, and 100 for everything else)http://imaging.nikon.com/lineup/dslr/d3200/spec.htm
Any suggestions to get closer to the advertised capacity of 18 RAW images?
Other posts which refer to a buffer size issue, for which I could not find a resolution:http://forum.nikonrumors.com/discussion/940/d7100-how-to-maximize-the-raw-shooting-buffer-here-is-what-i-see-how-about-you/p1http://forum.nikonrumors.com/discussion/1300/d800-buffer-only-holds-tiny-amount-of-images-whats-wrong/p1