Memory Card Photo & Video Storage Capacities

Wondering how many digital photos or videos you will be able to store on a memory card? Consult the chart below to see the average amount of pictures and videos you will be able to store. To navigate the cart, locate which megapixel-size camera you're using in the left column, and read across the chart under the memory card capacities.

Note: if you take any short videos with your camera, you'll want even more memory.

Resolution Memory Card Capacity (Photos)*
File Size
2GB
4GB
8GB
16GB
32GB
6 MP
1.7mb
1100
2200
4400
8900
17800
8 MP
2.3mb
800
1650
3300
6650
13250
10 MP
2.9mb
650
1300
2600
5200
10350
12 MP
3.4mb
550
1100
2200
4400
8850
16 MP
4.6mb
400
800
1600
3250
6550
21 MP
6.4mb
300
550
1100
2300
4700


Standard Definition Video Minutes of Recording Time*
File Size
2GB
4GB
8GB
16GB
32GB
Longest Time (LP)
2.5mbps
100
200
400
800
1600
Normal (SP)
5mbps
50
100
200
400
800
Highest Quality (XP)
10mbps
25
50
100
200
400


High Definition Video Minutes of Recording Time*
File Size
2GB
4GB
8GB
16GB
32GB
Longest Time (LP)
6mbps
45
90
180
360
720
Normal (SP)
9mbps
30
60
120
240
480
High Quality (XP)
13mbps
20
40
80
160
320
Highest Quality (FXP)
17mbps
15
30
60
120
240

* The number of photos and minutes of recording time in this chart are based on the file size and recording transfer rates as listed. The actual number of photos or minutes of recording time will vary depending on your camera, camcorder, or other recording device, the recording format, capture resolution, image compression, usable capacity of the memory card and software used. Actual usable memory capacity of cards may vary. 1GB = 1,000,000,000 bytes.

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