Did you get a digital camera for Christmas? If so, you might be wondering how many pictures your memory card will hold. Most digital cameras ship with a very small memory card (if they have one at all), so you’ll almost certainly want to pick up a larger memory card, which will allow you to shoot more between downloads.
When deciding how big of a memory card to buy, you’ll likely want to know how many pictures it will hold. What follows is a breakdown of how many pictures you can fit on memory cards of various sizes depending on your camera’s resolution (i.e., the megapixel rating).
|Megapixels||2GB Card||4GB Card||8GB Card||16GB Card|
|6 megapixels||953 photos||1907 photos||3814 photos||7629 photos|
|8 megapixels||715 photos||1430 photos||2861 photos||5722 photos|
|10 megapixels||572 photos||1144 photos||2288 photos||4577 photos|
|12 megapixels||476 photos||953 photos||1907 photos||3814 photos|
Unless you shoot a huge number of pictures, and assuming that you download your pics relatively frequently, you can probably get away with a 2GB memory card. I am, however, partial to larger memory cards, such as 4GB or 8GB cards. The price difference isn’t that great, and the extra space gives you way more flexibility.
A larger memory card is especially important if your digital camera is capable of shooting video (most are), and you intend to use it for this.