6 Replies Latest reply: Jun 1, 2012 7:12 AM by LilyO
scott lorigan Level 1 Level 1 (65 points)
'm planning to order the new iPad2 and would appreciate input on the value of the additional storage. I'd like to use the iPad to download photos while I'm traveling. I currently have a 18 megapixel camera and use 8gb sd cards and would appreciate know how to calculate how many photo's can be stored on the iPad with the 16, 32, and 64 gb models.

Thanks in advance

iMac G-4, Mac OS X (10.6.6)
  • 1. Re: iPad storage capacity for photo storage
    King_Penguin Level 10 Level 10 (95,175 points)
    My 64G wifi iPad has a capacity of 59.2 gig available to me (for apps, music, photos etc) after the iOS is taken into account. Only you know how many photos fit on your 8 gig cards (as it depends on factors such as what you shoot, whether you use raw ad/od jpeg, and the ISO that you use) - multiply that by about 7 and that's approx how many would fit on the 64 gig iPad.
  • 2. Re: iPad storage capacity for photo storage
    scott lorigan Level 1 Level 1 (65 points)
    Thanks. I'm not shooting in RAW so it looks like the 32 gb would meet my needs.
  • 3. Re: iPad storage capacity for photo storage
    salty777 Level 3 Level 3 (540 points)
    Do you save your photos in raw format or JPEG? That will make a big difference. I use raw on a 12 mpx camera and each photo is between 12 and 14 Mb, but that's with in-camera lossless compression.
  • 4. Re: iPad storage capacity for photo storage
    kitjv Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    Like Scott, I'm also interested in the iPad2 for limited back-up photo storage while traveling. For those of us who use CF memory cards, I'm curious if the new iOS 4.3 will allow the use of unpowered CF card readers (a frequently-mentioned problem with iOS 4.2).
  • 5. Re: iPad storage capacity for photo storage
    robphoton2 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    By my tests of iPad1 I do not believe the iPad can show the full resolution of photographs beyond about 2 or 3 megapixel because there is not enough video memory. If you open an 18 megapixel picture you will not be able to zoom by your fingers to see the 100% crop version of your pictures. Zooming in will cause them to pixellate, unlike zooming in on your desktop or laptop. Thus, you may want to create a reduced resolution collection of versions of your photos for iPad and store those on your device, unless you think you will be emailing them to folks from the iPad. This will allow you to put many more pictures on your iPad because you will not be using memory space that you can not see by zooming, anyway.
  • 6. Re: iPad storage capacity for photo storage
    LilyO Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Hello K.P.

    I noticed your reply in this thread about photo storage on iPads.

    With respect to multiplying the number of RAW images on an 8 GB card by 7 to determine the number that will fit on a 64 GB iPad, can you tell me what numbers I would use to calculate the storage capacity of a 32 GB iPad?


    Thanks so much,