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Removable digital camera memory

How many photos you can expect to store

Digital cameras use removable memory cards with up to 4GB of storage. How many digital photos can these memory cards hold?

The answer is that it depends on the resolution and the compression format of the digital images. The higher the resolution (that is, the more megapixels) the fewer pictures a memory card can store. When it comes to compression, you'll be able to save more images if you take pictures using a good quality format such as JPEG, while TIF and other files will occupy much more space.

Good quality photo storage

While the photo storage capability of memory cards varies, you can still expect to store a certain range of photos in each.

The following tables provide estimates of the number of good quality photos you can expect to store as high–resolution JPEGs on CompactFlash, Memory Stick, Smart Media, and MMC, SD and XD cards.

Megapixel rating 16MB 32MB 64MB
2MP 18 37 74
3MP 13 27 54
4MP 8 16 33
5MP 6 12 25
6MP 5 10 21
7MP 2 5 9
8MP 1 2 5
Megapixel rating 128MB 256MB 512MB
2MP 148 296 592
3MP 109 219 438
4MP 67 134 268
5MP 50 100 200
6MP 42 84 168
7MP 19 38 74
8MP 10 20 40
Megapixel rating 1GB 2GB 4GB
2MP 1184 2368 4736
3MP 876 1752 3504
4MP 538 1077 2152
5MP 403 807 1612
6MP 336 673 1344
7MP 150 301 602
8MP 80 161 323

Best quality photo storage

The following tables provide estimates of the number of high–quality photos you can expect to store as high–resolution JPEGs on CompactFlash, Memory Stick, Smart Media, and MMC, SD and XD cards.

Megapixel rating 32MB 64MB 128MB
2MP N/A 14 29
3MP N/A 10 21
4MP N/A 6 20
5MP N/A 5 17
6MP N/A 4 16
7MP N/A N/A 13
8MP N/A N/A 10
Megapixel rating 256MB 512MB 1GB
2MP 59 118 236
3MP 43 87 175
4MP 40 79 159
5MP 34 68 136
6MP 32 64 130
7MP 26 53 106
8MP 20 40 80
Megapixel rating 2GB 4GB
2MP 473 Not avail.
3MP 350 Not avail.
4MP 318 636
5MP 272 544
6MP 261 523
7MP 212 423
8MP 161 323

1Figures in both tables from SanDisk Corporation. Actual results will depend on the camera model, resolution and compression mode setting.

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