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When you take a picture, your camera has to give it a name of some kind, and as you have probably already discovered, it tends to give it a name that's mostly numbers. In fact, though, they're sequential numbers. Every time you take a picture, the camera increments its image number. By default, these numbers keep going up until you hit 9999, at which point they roll over to 1, and start over. The images are stored inside a folder on the camera's media card, which is inside of another folder called DCIM. Each folder can hold up to 9999 images.
If a folder fills, a new one is created with a sequential number of its own. You can change the numbering scheme, though, so that it resets every time you put in a new card, or create a new folder. So every time you put in a new card, you will get a new numbering scheme. You will also get a new numbering scheme every time you take out your old card, empty it, reformat it, and reinsert it. If you want, you can also reset the numbering manually. In most situations, the default continuous numbering scheme is the best way to go. If you have numbering set to reset every time you change cards, then you'll possibly run into troubles with duplicate filenames.
For example, maybe you are on vacation. At the end of each day, you dump all of the images you have shot into a folder. If the file names are resetting each time, then you will have duplicate names every day. The File numbering control is here in the first page of the setup category. By default, it's set to Continuous, so that's going to keep my new images being numbered sequentially, even after I've replaced cards, formatted cards, turned the camera off, gone on vacation, whatever. If I open this up, I have some other options. Auto reset will restart file numbering at 1 any time I put in a new card, or format a card that I've been using.
Manual reset is something that I just call up from this menu, and that resets the card numbering to one. So I can choose to have it automatically happen whenever a new card is inserted, or formatted, or I can tell it to restart right now, or I can simply leave it on Continuous. If you turn off Continuous numbering, then the camera will restart numbering any time you create a new folder, and you can manually create folders, as we'll see in the next movie. This allows you to stay organized within the camera. So let's say, again, that you're on vacation, but this time you have switched off Continuous numbering, and at the start of each day, you tell the camera to create a new folder.
When you go home, you will have a separate folder for each day, with each folder containing images numbered starting from one. Or maybe you want to create a new folder every time you start shooting a new event. This way, when you get home, you will have all of your images already grouped by event or subject on the camera's media card.
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